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Microsoft’s Vista: Life could be so simple

Microsoft has clearly launched a product that is full of bugs and some of us appear to be paying for the privilege of beta testing it.

I’m back after an idyllic summer in the French Alps. I even managed to get away from work – almost. A few of the muckers ‘kindly’ ensured I remained fully in touch with what was going on – and it’s clear that the FX market didn’t head off for a holiday this year.

I’d like to say that I have returned with a renewed sense of inner calm and that I feel completely de-stressed. However, that would not be strictly true. As Blur once sang, modern life can sometimes be rubbish. The cause of my angst is the Dell laptop I bought my wife. Unfortunately – and somewhat stupidly – I opted for one that came kitted out with Vista, Microsoft’s new operating system. This was supposedly going to take my family’s multimedia experience to a new level.

Readers will know that I often call my wife Annie Dotal, on the basis that Annie Dotal’s evidence is invariably right. And Annie Dotal’s evidence suggests firmly that Vista is rubbish. To be fair, it did take our multimedia experience to a new level, but unfortunately this was down a level, rather than up. To summarise, our copy of Vista didn’t work with any of the programmes we expected it to, including Apple’s iTunes, Canon camera software and, astonishingly, even Microsoft ActiveSync.

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