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    Posted: 06 Sep 2008 at 1:38am
What genius came up with this idea?  This ad features nothing but two ridiculously wealthy people hamming it up in front of a camera about their wonderful leisure filled lives for no apparent reason.  How is this supposed to improve Vista's image?   Both of them are so rich neither of them have to touch a mouse anymore if they don't want to.  They merely have to ring a bell and their personal assistants will cater to their whims.  The rest of us have to slog through the daily antivirus updates, mandatory reboots, crippling digital rights management, and security breaches associated with the windows vista experience. 
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I read about this one coming out - I'm certainly not eager to see it.
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If this is Gates's idea of using his free time to better humanity, he needs to un-retire and go back to designing slow, bloated, security-hole-ridden operating systems. We'd all be better off!
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This commercial left me utterly confused. All I took away from it was Jerry and Bill eating churros and then Jerry talking about making a computer made of cake so he could eat it while working. I'm not making that up, I don't get it, WTF are they trying to sell here? I didn't even realize it was for vista, and even so, as mentioned, why would this make me want to buy it? My mom's laptop has vista on it, it's not horrible. I've had enough of Jerry Seinfeld, he just needs to fade into obscurity quietly.
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I thought this was an American Express commercial since Seinfeld has done those before. The windows logo at the end was like an afterthought.
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I have Vista on both of my new computers, and i liked XP much better. I hardly ever had trouble with it. Vista, the way it browses folders is annoying. It hides a lot of the features I liked the most, and I can't even get the damned "Windows Live Photo Gallery" to display GIF files. well it will display them BUT it won't let them move. If anyone knows a work around this or a "MAGIC" f**king setting to change it, I'm DUMBO, all ears!! LOL

I remember when Microsoft re-worked WINDOWS 98 into ME, and what a collosial POFS that was! But I wish they'd fixed the security holes in XP and left the format the f**k alone!!!
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I saw it.  What I came away with was that there's just so much great stuff coming down the pike for Windows. (Riiiiiight.)

I have Vista; I had to get a new computer, and there was no choice.  It's okay, but my problem with it is that not all of my programs are compatible.  That sucks.

But more interestingly, I saw a commercial that said if you buy a Mac, they can download everything, programs and all, from your PC to the Mac.  Now THAT sounds like a great idea!  Only problem with that is that Macs are much more expensive, and if something goes wrong, you have to send your computer to them for repair, whereas with a PC, you can just buy and replace a part.

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WHAAAAT...was the DEEEAAALLL...with that Microsoft COMMERCIAL? Bill and Jerry? Jerry and Bill? Felix and Oscar? Chuck and Larry?
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Watching Two-and-a-Half Men the other night, I realized they are Oscar and Felix.
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They're 'manly men'LOL...but I'm still trying to figure out the Jerry/Bill dynamic...What did we miss here? Did George Costanza move in with Steve Jobs? What's next?
'Hi, I'm a Mac. And I'm a PC. And I'm COSMO KRAMER! BUY A COMPUTER, YOU F******** *******!!!!!LOL
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Originally posted by Wild Starchild Wild Starchild wrote:

I have Vista on both of my new computers, and i liked XP much better. I hardly ever had trouble with it. Vista, the way it browses folders is annoying. It hides a lot of the features I liked the most, and I can't even get the damned "Windows Live Photo Gallery" to display GIF files. well it will display them BUT it won't let them move. If anyone knows a work around this or a "MAGIC" f**king setting to change it, I'm DUMBO, all ears!! LOL

I remember when Microsoft re-worked WINDOWS 98 into ME, and what a collosial POFS that was! But I wish they'd fixed the security holes in XP and left the format the f**k alone!!!

Vista sucks. If I had a choice I'd stick with XP. Vista completely removed the Edit - Select All option and pretty much screwed the whole top File.. Edit..View Menu bar options. If you want to sort your porn...er, files, you have to jump through about 10 hoops whereas with windows XP it was easy.

Microsoft sucks. Can someone please give them competition. Isn't this Capitalism? Isn't this America? And don't say use Linux, please. Been there tried that. My company doesn't use it. And yours doesn't either.  Enough said.

I work in the tech industry peripherally and Windows Vista was supposed to cure some security issues that mainly occurred for networked users in offices. That doesn't account for all the single home users that are pissed off about all the UNNECESSARY CHANGES that have been implemented to make things harder to all of us who need to organize our porn, err.... files. Yeah files.

Well, you get my point. Whatever you're going to do with W Vista it's going to have more unnecessary options than before.

When I bought my computer I would have specified to include Windows XP.

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Originally posted by Vlad The Impaler Vlad The Impaler wrote:

Vista sucks. If I had a choice I'd stick with XP...
Microsoft sucks. Can someone please give them competition. Isn't this Capitalism? Isn't this America? And don't say use Linux, please. Been there tried that. My company doesn't use it. And yours doesn't either...
 
In regard to Linux, well...yes we do. Plenty of it (generally Suse). On mainframes, either within a dedicated physical partiton, or, as 'guests', operating under z/VM.
 
In regard to Vista, we haven't been able to prove it stable enough, flexible enough, or, well...beneficial enough to be considered 'ready for "prime time"' - so it isn't going anywhere. You are correct - stick with XP. And, another opinion: keep Microsoft products at the 'presentation-layer' of your application - they just don't 'fit' anywhere else. 
 
IBM's OS/2 was always superior to any of Microsoft's offerings (from my own technical/operational perspective), but the graphical presentation pretty much stunk - and the marketing for the product was worse. It died a lonely death...or, well, remains in use for a limited number of specific telephony applications that Microsoft will not be able to address until they get a grasp on the difference between 'multi-user' and 'multi-tasking', and the proper melding of the two concepts - which would mean a radical overhaul of their OS. When a mainframe isn't required, or for certain types and sizes of applications, LINUX and various 'flavors' of UNIX can fill in the gaps; they can go where no Microsoft offering has boldly (successfully) gone before.      
 
 
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Haha, I just saw an article about this commercial on /. and figured I'd come to see if you guys were talking about it.

God this commercial was lame.
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Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

In regard to Linux, well...yes we do. Plenty of it (generally Suse). On mainframes, either within a dedicated physical partiton, or, as 'guests', operating under z/VM.

Some companies may use UNIX/Linux as a server, but I'm talking about all the individual desktops in a company. I don't know of any who don't use Windows exclusively.


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Originally posted by Vlad The Impaler Vlad The Impaler wrote:

Some companies may use UNIX/Linux as a server, but I'm talking about all the individual desktops in a company. I don't know of any who don't use Windows exclusively.
The desktop - what is in the front of the 'end-user' - is the 'presentation layer' of most multi-platform applications (but, with some public applications, such as graphical automated teller machines, not the case). I have no beef with XP sitting there - and, possibly, as an intermediate server.
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I've seen this ad a few times, but, as mentioned I didn't know it was for Vista until the end.
Granted, the volume was turned down but all I saw was Jerry & Bill in a shoe store playing with some shoes.
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In that stupid part where Gates "adjusts his shorts" he looks like he's trying shake a turd out of them & make it roll down his pants leg.
 
Idiotic concept that seems to say... "the writers couldn't come up with anything so we just said screw it & paid Seinfeld 5 million bucks to pull something out of his ass."
 
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Originally posted by Vlad The Impaler Vlad The Impaler wrote:

Vista sucks. If I had a choice I'd stick with XP. Vista completely removed the Edit - Select All option and pretty much screwed the whole top File.. Edit..View Menu bar options. If you want to sort your porn...er, files, you have to jump through about 10 hoops whereas with windows XP it was easy.

 
Hey Vlad, where exactly are you talking about the  File/Edit toolbar???? I think I had to tell mine to display that bar. Do you mean in Internet Explorer or viewing files in folders? There is a way to turn it on, IF you are talking about what I am thinking.
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Originally posted by Wild Starchild Wild Starchild wrote:

 
Hey Vlad, where exactly are you talking about the  File/Edit toolbar???? I think I had to tell mine to display that bar. Do you mean in Internet Explorer or viewing files in folders? There is a way to turn it on, IF you are talking about what I am thinking.

I think I figured it out. It cracks me up that they include a "turn on Classic Windows" option for just about everything in Vista. Why not just give me the "Classic Windows?" Vista doesn't do anything that XP didn't. Except some more robust sorting options for your files and a spyware scanner (which I already had for free) and if you pay extra to get the Vista "better edition" you get some 3-D gimmickry and a hover over the task bar gives you a little pic of that window.
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I hear you!! LOL I think they are trying to go more towards a MAC oriented OS. Have you noticed similarites like Gadgets to Widgets I think they are called. I have that "Better Edition" on my desktop, ....I actually like that. LOL Lately I have been using a lot of different applications, and I've almost stopped using IE altoghether for Mozilla. But anyway those little windows help me find the page I am looking for more easily. I does help when you are doing three things at once.
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I just had to post about this commercial again. The last few days I've seen it at least ten times. It is just incredibly pointless and stupid. It is indicative, though, that the MS marketing folks have the same level of concept/design capabilities as their Windows team does.
 
Vista is one of the biggest pieces-of-crap software ever foisted on the computing public. Its only possible equal is SAP. What's sad is that the marketers who could bring some leverage against MS, like Dell and HP, just roll over and continue forcing this stuff on their customers.
 
I bought a low-end laptop over a year ago from Dell, and was told I could only order XP with a higher-end model. I only wanted it to give my wife a PC to use for surfing and email, so I caved and went with the Vista. I had continual problems with it locking up, etc. etc. and spent about eight hours on phone with tech support over a couple weeks, at the end of which they replaced my machine. A week or so later, I read where Dell was again offering XP because they'd had so many problems with Vista. Called customer service, was told "Microsoft won't allow us to replace Vista with XP after 30 days." It had been all of 33 days since I got the original machine, and tried to get it working. In other words, Dell was saying, "Screw our customers, we listen to Microsoft."
 
My next computer will be a Mac, whatever the cost.
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You can always get a copy of XP and install it on your machine...just because you purchased DELL and it came with MSVista doesn't mean you cannot rid yourself of MSoft's latest fiasco...you haven't necessarily made a bad investment (DELL makes a darned good PC). The simply gave you VISTA, by default; dump it - it may cost you a few hundered dollars for an XP license, but, well...you can still make a profit from a 'loss'...
I simply believe Gates is doing 'required marketing' while he probably has a LOT going on behind the scenes, to make something good of this latest piece of garbage...
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Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

You can always get a copy of XP and install it on your machine... - it may cost you a few hundered dollars for an XP license,
 
Fuck that.
 
Just go on Craig's List & find someone selling a copy.
 
"A friend of mine" Wink bought a student copy of XP from a guy off CL for $25.
 
Put it on "his" laptop & it works perfectly.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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POINT OF ORDER...... LOL always wanted to say that!! If you've had XP in the past, and you still know your license number, screw it borrow someones disc, load that puppy in and use the license you already own. I never throw out my license codes. I have about 8 of them now. LOL
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Originally posted by PaWolf PaWolf wrote:

You can always get a copy of XP and install it on your machine... - it may cost you a few hundered dollars for an XP license,
 
Fuck that.
 
Just go on Craig's List & find someone selling a copy.
 
"A friend of mine" Wink bought a student copy of XP from a guy off CL for $25.
 
Put it on "his" laptop & it works perfectly.
 
 
As long as you are providing proper LEGAL advise, well, then, o.k. Jimbo...but, should I have said that and somewhere down the line, someone who took 'my' advise got busted for piracy, well...what do you think? "Too bad for them"? Granted, it doesn't very often happen - but it happens.
(excuse me...thought I'd toss in another chunck of silliness....)
Happens, starting HERE, with MANY machines, within many low-level languages....
 
 
 
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