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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

When to buy Vista

Warning: this article includes dangerous levels of sarcasm, and should not be read by young children or pregnant women.

Vista supports an expensive (for you) increase in DRM [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [A] [B] [C]. Buy it only if you support your digital rights being "managed". Video drivers that check the "integrity" of their connections over 30 times a second can't be that much slower, right? Having your video driver "revoked" out from under you is a small price to pay in order to add several layers of new things you've gotta check when things go wrong.

Maybe you just like to drop $250-$400 on improvements that even supporters characterize as "incremental" [1] [2] [3] [4] [5], or have trouble understanding. That sidebar will certainly not represent a distraction that will get old inside a few months, or be disabled by your network admin sooner.

Or maybe you appreciate the fact that, to reinstall the upgrade edition, you have to install XP first [1]. Every time.

You probably are excited about the Aero Glass interface, if you haven't seen any of the videos of Beryl on youtube or Google Video or Metacafe.

The security enhancements may help protect you, once they release the latest round of fixes [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]. You are running the 64-bit edition, right? [1] [2]

Anyway, be sure you've spent enough money on hardware. [$] [$] [$] [$] [$] [$] [$] [$] [$] [$] [$]

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