Mailbag: Vista Hardware Requirements, More
Here's one more scareware story to cap off the week. At least in this one, the
user learns his lesson:
I have a boss, the company vice president yet, who has a bad habit of
going places on the Internet that he shouldn't and clicking on things better
left unclicked. In the past, I have been able to clean some of the scareware
off his system, but the last couple of times I couldn't. The scareware folks
had gotten smarter. The first thing they did was disable anything I could
use to get rid of their work, such as Task Manager, the Run box, any malware
or anti-virus products it could find, and even access to the c: drive (they
I basically told him that I couldn't get rid of the crap and that it
would take me two days to reformat and reload his machine...two days during
which he would have no access to his e-mail or anything else. Since the second
two-day outage, he has been behaving himself much better.
Readers share their thoughts on the "Vista
Capable" logo lawsuit and the fuss over hardware requirements:
This is much ado about nothing. I've been in the industry for over 25
years and every edition of Windows which has ever shipped has needed twice
the minimum RAM requirements to "get by" and four times that number
to perform well. Vista is no different.
For instance: XP requirements were a 300MHz Pentium II with 128MB of
RAM but it had to have an 800MHz Pentium 3 and 256MB of RAM to work OK and
512MB to run well. Vista requires an 800MHz Pentium 3 and 512MB to run but
has to have a 1GHz Pentium 4 HT and 1GB of RAM to work OK and 2GB of RAM to
run well. Nothing new here. That doesn't change the fact that Microsoft oversold
Vista's new features and failed to get its ISVs and OEMs on board before going
RTM. Missing the 2006 holiday season didn't help, either. That said, with
any system sold today, Vista will run very well with 2GB of RAM.
Specs on today's hardware are most impressive, particularly when you consider
the low prices. The only thing more impressive is current Microsoft software's
ability to drag it down. At first, I was thinking the hardware makers were
inflating their claims, but if you run old benchmark programs on the new machines,
the numbers are off the charts! Same thing if you load Win2K Pro or Win98
on a modern machine. They boot so fast, you'll miss it if you yawn. And Win98
shuts down so fast that you can't even get your finger away from the button!
So what exactly is Vista doing when (after a fresh install) it takes
many minutes to boot on a triple-core 2.3Ghz machine with 2GB of memory?
Doug suggested yesterday that when it comes to prices, PCs have greater appeal
to the Joe Six-Packs of the world than Apple. One reader agrees:
I believe you might be showing your conservative values with that Joe
Six-Pack statement. Good for you.
I agree with you. I went to get an MP3 player/radio for working out. iPod:
$120. Radio tuner: another $50. Phillips player with radio that has the same
memory and half the size: $60. I may get an iPod for my kids if my arm is
twisted, but for me, no thank you.
And finally, Mailbag gets political! Here are a few of your thoughts on the
presidential candidates and the current economy:
In response to your query regarding the economic savvy of either of the
anointed presidential candidates, all I can do is laugh. Both are completely
freaking clueless about most things, in my opinion, but especially about the
economy. As were all other candidates from both parties except one: Congressman
Ron Paul. He's the only one who could get former Federal Reserve Chairman
Alan Greenspan to sweat during committee testimony and the only one who can
not only explain the issues, he predicted the current fiasco and took steps
to avoid it.
Google "Ron Paul" and read his writings. Easier yet, do a search
on YouTube and listen to him explain his philosophy. The man is short on sound
bites but long on substance. Here's
a place to start your education.
It has become painfully obvious to me that our country has been hijacked
by some of the most vile, evil people imaginable who care not one iota about
the middle class, lower class or even upper class. They are the 'elites' and
they have done a really good job of creating a system that rewards criminals
and punishes people who are good. They have ruined the U.S. economy and I
personally don't want to play a rigged game. It is laughable that there are
so many willing slaves.
Let us know what you think! Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by Doug Barney on 10/09/2008 at 1:16 PM