posted on Oct, 20 2009 @ 06:22 AM
reply to post by crisko
It's no pain at all, especially now. XP64 was somewhat of an after thought and never worked all that great, but then XP was not all that great and
took 7 years to fix. Vista x64, well Vista got a lot of bad press from the moronic blogosphere bandwagon crowd, though anyone who gave it more than a
day or so without whining found that really it was not nearly as bad as the morons said it was. Now we have Windows 7, essentially a tweaked Vista,
yet everyone loves it, which to me is proof in itself that the vast majority of hate for Vista was FUD based.
The x86->x64 phase has been terrible. While Microsoft has tried to pull away from the buggy legacy hardware of old the consumer has bitched and moaned
about their 5 year old turd not running this and that and blaming Windows because their 3dfx Voodoo can't run Aero transparency. Then there is the
catch 22. Developers not wanting to code for x64 and consumers being reluctant to switch to x64 because developers ain't coding for x64. MS has
addressed this somewhat, mostly thanks to the work put in to Vista. I've used an x64 OS exclusively for over 4 years now and have had very little
issue with hardware or software compatibility to the point where now it is almost null, everything works.
Newer technology is cheaper, you can buy 8gb of ram for the price 1gb cost 5 years ago, and this moaning about "resources used" stems from a basic
lack of understanding of what a computer is, what it is designed to do and how the components work together to achieve that. The proof of that fact
can be seen every single time some nub cries about RAM usage. "OMG, I only have 2gb free of my 4gb" = fail.
It is cheaper to manufacture and relatively speaking it is cheaper to buy a top spec computer now than it ever has been. This will continue into the
128bit era, provided consumers are on board and stop their whining. Otherwise what we will have is another 4-5 years of stagnation in software
innovation where nothing really progresses thanks to a few idiots who decided they didn't like MS's latest OS.
People love to hate MS, but the fact is that when Vista was released manufacturers like Creative and nvidia used Vista as an excuse to force people to
upgrade their hardware. They did this by purposefully dropping support for hardware that was still physically able, but had been crippled via system
drivers so as to appear to by defunct. People thought that this was down to the OS, and that Microsoft was to blame. They were not to blame, at least
not exclusively. Many hardware devices that were problematic in the early days of Vista were problematic because the hardware vendors wanted them to
be problematic so you'd buy new hardware, not because the OS was not able to operate those devices. Of course most of the blame for that landed quite
unfairly at the door of Microsoft and helped fuel the Vista bashing campaign.