Friday, October 16, 2009

I Tech You To School: Windows 7

Next Thursday, Oct 22nd, will be a big day in the computing world. It's the day Microsoft will get its dignity back after the ridiculiasco (ridiculous fiasco... just run with it) monstrosity that was Vista. Most people wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole and have stuck with Windows XP to this day. XP was launched in 2001. We're talking about an 8 year old OS and in technology years, it means XP would've had gone through menopause already and is now wearing Depends adult diapers.

That's all about to change though because from first hand experience, Windows 7 is what Vista should have been. I know many of you will still hold on to XP with a kungfu grip but it's ok... let's let go and move forward. First thing they got right is that Windows 7 is STABLE. It doesn't crash, it doesn't burn, it doesn't give you blue screens of death. That's not to say that programs don't crash, but if they do, Windows 7 neatly closes the delinquent and you are able to move on with your life instead of frantically hitting Ctrl Alt Del. Second is that it just works. No more messing with drivers and hardware that is incompatible and the stupid "Hardware Wizard". New printer? 7 sees your printer, installs what it needs to, and you'll be printing in minutes.

Last is that it's very polished. They named their new user interface "Aero" and the name fits nice because it really is kinda Aero-y. There's a lot of little things they did to make your life easier on a day to day basis. Folders are neat, Desktop is clean and the new Taskbar is actually useful! (I have a certain animosity towards the XP taskbar) You'll see what I mean once you get it. It's a bit pricey but do your homework and you can actually score one for pretty cheap. Oh and don't try to buy 1 disc and share between 12 of your buddies because I'm sure it'll be nothing but a headache in the future. I'll check back in on the 22nd to follow up so til then, have a good weekend.