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And to think I defended Vista! [Aug. 22nd, 2007|10:32 pm]
Arvind Narayanan
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I gave my end-of-internship talk today. This meant, among other things, that I had to reboot into Vista to make slides. The last time I used Vista (or indeed, Windows) was when I gave a talk at the beginning of my internship about what I planned to do in these three months.

I'd forgotten in the mean time what a jarring experience it is. I'd once looked forward to getting this Vista laptop, confident that all the negative reviews were from die-hard anti-MS types and/or the we-don't-like-change crowd. Within a couple of days of using it, it became clear that I had to install ubuntu on it right away.

Anyway, I booted into Vista, and it spent the first ten minutes thrashing while it installed updates, totally unresponsive. Mind you, this is a juiced up machine (Core 2 Duo, 2 gigs, SATA, the works.) Once it settled down somewhat, I fired up powerpoint, clicked on an mp3, and got to work. A couple of slides later, no music. Windows media player has a delay of more than a minute for playing a music file. And not just the first time -- for every single track in my playlist. I don't know what it's trying to do, look up album art or some stupid DRM shit or whatever. This was a problem in XP too but it's gotten worse.

When the music finally started, it nearly broke my eardrum. Somehow this never happens with ubuntu. I don't know if it was some audio daemon with some intelligence or something else. In the end, I don't care. I expect things to just work.

And today, right before I was about to give my talk, my screen magically flipped into portrait orientation. Seriously, WTF? I spent several minutes panicking until someone told me that it happened to them too and plugging in a projector cable fixes it, at least temporarily.

On the other hand, Office 2007 (by which I mean Powerpoint 2007, it's the only one I ever use) is pretty good and I don't know what I'd do without it. I just don't want to have to boot into Windows to use it. Wine is completely useless, it barfs on anything bigger than notepad. I really need to get my vmware installing working.
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[User Picture]From: mcfnord
2007-08-23 07:05 am (UTC)
the laptop's too shitty. did they get you with the old "take home a laptop running vista at the end of our internship" angle? i fell for that angle. i got to take home the lamest piece of shit computer ever.

office 2007 is pretty sweet. xp works, use that.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-08-23 04:21 pm (UTC)
It's not a shitty laptop. It's a damn fine laptop. I've had it for a few months. I do all my programming on it. And Ubuntu just screams.

I don't want to use XP. I don't want to use Windows, just for one application.
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From: dykotez
2007-08-23 09:48 am (UTC)
Office 2007 is actually pretty cool.

I installed Ubuntu over the weekend at work, very glad I did. Set up VMWare workstation, popped in the MSDN DVD with a bunch of ISOs on it and made a VMWare machine. It all worked perfectly, I've had just one issue so far - I'm a web dev and can't get my XP guest to see my linux apache - I've tried the different networking modes and none seem to do anything - I can see outside sites like google, and our testing server fine, just not my machine.

Hasn't been a biggie yet, but it'll get annoying when I start my next big project and need to test in IE.
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-08-23 04:17 pm (UTC)
I couldn't get the internet to work at all. That's what's holding me back.

Couldn't you simply make your machine visible to the internet?
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From: dykotez
2007-08-24 11:51 am (UTC)
They're both visible to the internet - I can browse the net fine from both of them, I just can't get them to see each other. I'm almost certain it's an Apache problem, but I can't figure out what it is (it's definitely returning 404, not 403 or anything else).

It really annoyed me today (old software that only works in IE6 and I had to keep committing partially tested code so that I could test it), so over the weekend or on Monday I'm going to give it another go.
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[User Picture]From: rfc9000
2007-08-23 01:15 pm (UTC)
Have u tried using Beamer yet? Its very handy and creates really neat PPTs, except that its not WYSIWYG (like latex).
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[User Picture]From: arvindn
2007-08-23 04:15 pm (UTC)
I am very very anti non-WYSIWYG tools for creating presentations. I could go on for hours, so I won't start.
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