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.