Normally even I think a lot of the Microsoft bashing I see seems kind of petty; it's like beating the living crap out of a 10-year-old for bragging that he's tougher than you (or racing a Civic with a fat pipe). But, honestly, these videos were really well done. Let us add them to our collective record.
My favorite part of the whole thing is actually something the Microsoft guy did to himself -- he has this gem of a quote: "There are several ways to do [thing]; the two that I like are..." [Emphasis is mine.] Notice he doesn't say "...the two that I like best are..." Nope, he actually dislikes the other methods.
This really sums up Microsoft's problem in a gorgeous nutshell, doesn't it? There are several ways to do EVERYTHING, and usually one will kind of not work and another will be kind of a kludge and if you try a lot you might find one you kind of like, but lord god Microsoft couldn't just pick the good way and go with it, they HAD to include them all, like Pokémon in reverse.
Take shutting off your Windows machine. Would you like to restart, shut down, sleep, or hibernate? "Hibernate"? What the hell is that, and how does it differ from sleep? They don't say. On my (off-the-shelf, year-old) machine, "hibernate" is like sleep except my X800 video card fan keeps whirring the entire time. So, you know, it's like a noisy sleep, with snoring. In fact, hibernate is off by default, although you can enable it in a preference, but they don't explain why you would or wouldn't do this. Which I think is hilarious, because essentially they are saying, "Look, we know this feature is broken, but we spent a lot of time on it and we want credit, so we've turned it off by default so most people don't get tripped up on it, but we still included a way to activate it so we can claim we have it."
"Sleep," on the other hand, often comes back with my network not working any more. (I noticed this a lot back when I was playing Half-life, which is on the Steam network.) So, that leaves us with "restart" and "shut down" as the two methods I like from the plethora of options. And I only wasted a couple hours of my life figuring out the problems with the other methods! I triumph, sort of!
So enjoy your Vista, Windows users! There's probably a ton in there to like... somewhere.
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