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Back At Louderback: Why I'm Sticking With Windows Vista
Outgoing PC Magazine editor Jim Louderback has caused quite a stir with his column slamming Vista . Me, I'm sticking with Microsoft's glitzy, though resource-hogging, operating system.
Louderback's criticism centers on what he sees as big problems with Vista's sleep mode and with the way it handles network connectivity. Here's his money quote:
"The upshot is that even after nine months, Vista just ain't cutting it. I definitely gave Microsoft too much of a free pass on this operating system: I expected it to get the kinks worked out more quickly. Boy, was I fooled! If Microsoft can't get Vista working, I might just do the unthinkable: I might move to Linux."
Of course, the Slashdot crowd is in a tizzy. Some posters have even gone so far as to suggest that it's easy for Louderback to slam Microsoft now that he's moving on to a new Web 2.0 job. (He's leaving PC Magazine to become CEO of online video site Revision3.)
Louderback replies on Slashdot (here), saying that he "didn't leave because I was sick of pandering to Windows , or any of those other suggestions. PCMag has always been, and will continue to be, independent. The editors there make the best decisions about products based on their voluminous knowledge and experience, not because of advertisers. Witness the strong Mac-based reviews recently, for example."
OK, so we'll stipulate that editors don't pull their punches. Still, it's interesting to note that the conversational imperative of the Web makes for more of these from-the-gut columns than we had in the old days of the monolithic media.
As for me, I respectfully disagree with Louderback. Here are five big reasons I'm sticking with Vista:
"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining."
-- Jef Raskin, interviewed in Doctor Dobb's Journal
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Red Shift: Lame Buzzword Or Deep Insight?
Here's a sentence that didn't make it into the final draft of my "Red Shift" feature, which leads off this week's print issue: "Also gaining currency among a wide swathe of CIOs faced with insatiable computing demands, the red shift concept promises (or threatens, depending on our point of view) to join 'tipping point' and 'long tail' in the business-buzzword pantheon." So is the red shift just a deft bit of Sun propaganda, or a deep insight into the future of computing demand?
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5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.