I saw my first Vista demo last summer during a partners briefing/demo day. It looked awesome. Sure it’s “inspired” by OS X, but the two have gone back and forth “sharing” for years anyway, and that’s not a bad thing. Vista looked like a much-improved XP, with a focus on better security, better networking, and an overall better experience.
I had absolutely no intention of doing an upgrade from XP, but figured I’d sooner-or-later get a new laptop with Vista pre-installed. That’d make the perfect solution – I would get the best of both worlds. I figured, hey, when’s the next time I’ll be in Haiti?
My brand new laptop, as in the one that came with Vista pre-installed, shipped with out-of-date drivers. Let me see if that point is clear enough here. I bought a laptop, in the store, took it home, turned it on. Wrong drivers. Imagine buying a car, at a dealer, and they left the wrong tires on it.
It’s taken me a couple of weeks, but now I can proudly say that my brand-spanking-new laptop no longer crashes when I close the lid, nor do I lose the right-mouse button for hours on end. Anymore.
Clearly my productivity is at an all-time high.