The thing that caught my attention is that this guy says he is “upgrading” his laptop and desktop from VISTA to Windows XP.
Some of the points he makes regarding his decision to backtrack on a “Microsoft” upgrade and switch from a newer OS to and older version is quite interesting. He does it in categories. For anyone thinking of switching to VISTA you might want to read the full article:
“Look & Feel
Windows XP has quite a cartoony look and feel compared to the slick look of Aero Glass; this is mostly offset by the lack of strange screen artifacts caused by malfunctioning graphics code. You know, almost like static on the screen. This was a once or twice monthly occurrence on my laptop, and happened on my desktop whenever I logged in
Device Support (this is funny – I hope he is kidding, but I somehow doubt it)
I’m glad to see that with their new flagship OS, Windows XP, Microsoft have finally learnt from the mistakes they made with the Vista launch.
I also am pleased to note that Ctrl-Alt-Del does actually have an effect nowadays. Many times in Vista, I wished that they would make this more reliable so I could kill off the inevitable hanging Windows Explorer process (as a matter of fact, this is the situation I find myself in right now), in XP it actually does something as opposed to being part of the usual Vista eternal hang.
Multimedia support on XP is vastly better than on Vista. (interesting)
As I have not posted the entire article, this guy has a grand ending as he jokingly, but sadly seriously thanks MS for their new product: Windows XP, a new upgrade from Windows VISTA haha…Gotta love it:
To be honest there is only one conclusion to be made; Microsoft has really outdone themselves in delivering a brand new operating system that really excels in all the areas where Vista was sub-optimal. From my testing, discussions with friends and colleagues, and a review of the material out there on the web there seems to be no doubt whatsoever that that upgrade to XP is well worth the money. Microsoft can really pat themselves on the back for a job well done, delivering an operating system which is much faster and far more reliable than its predecessor. Anyone who thinks there are problems in the Microsoft Windows team need only point to this fantastic release and scoff loudly.
Well done Microsoft!”
Joanne and I now use Skype, an online computer phone connection.
We cut the Ma Bell Chord…And never looked back – $50+ bucks a month richer too.
We now use Skype for calls to phones from our computers. Of course, we both have cell phones therefore 911 is not an issue. Having a cell phone as my home phone only makes sense…It is always with you and you are never away from a call. When we travel in the States we can easily use our laptop with the Skype phone connection to call my “Home Phone” to check the phone messages. We all know how expensive it is using a Canadian cell phone in the USA…Ouch!
As for booking ahead in “motels” Skype is a great asset, however Joanne and I do not use motels. We have a travel trailer and are members of several camp groups in the USA, including KOA Campgrounds (free WiFi) whereby booking is very easy online and done so well in advance of our trips – months ahead. Provincial parks are booked 6 months to the day ahead online.
When we are traveling it is nice, especially while in the USA to use Skype phones to call and make reservations at restaurants that may be hundreds and several days away…Just go to their website, when you have a Skype phone setup on your laptop, all phone numbers are embossed and all you do is click on the phone number you would like to call. Works great. We did it for live theatre shows in Tennessee and West Virginia this past October while enroute. Got good seats too. We used this site in Tennessee.
I also like Skype at home to call some 1-800/866 etc. numbers that cannot be made from Ontario. With Skype you can make these calls. Joanne calls stores in Port Huron to check prices and availability of products before we go.
Agreed, Ma Bell will still keep the masses paying out those monthly phone bills, however if one does have a cell phone (many couples have 1 cell phone each these days) and with the advent of computer phone calling, why would anyone still need a HOME PHONE?
I have asked many people, you can try this too, (ones with cell phones) “If you had to make a choice, which phone would you give up, your Ma Bell home phone, or your cell phone.” After some thought all that I have asked said they could not do without their cell phones…
In fact, here is a comment made in savingadvice.com by a person who has recently made the same move in dumping their land line: “I recently cancelled our home phone because I found out that our cable company (which also provides the phone line we used to have) offers a value tier for Internet access that is 256k (5 to 10 times faster than dial up using the phone line). We use our cellphones for phone calls. Since US Cellular offers free incoming calls, as well as free nights and weekends, that saves us a lot of money. And our cellphones are always with us. I feel much safer knowing I can call for roadside assistance…” from Phones & Utilities.
Joanne and I have cell phones packages (ironically with Bell Mobility) that offer free calling between 6 pm and 8 am weekdays and all weekend calling free. We also have 300 daytime minutes as well. I am not a phone gabber so I do not use up much time, neither is my wife, unless my daughter has some juicy gossip to relate. lol
In fact, many people today, when asked how to contact them, give out their cell phones before the home phone…They say they rarely use the home phone. In fact, I volunteer at the Imperial Theatre in the Box Office and many patrons, when giving their phone number, want to give their cell phone stating that it is much easier to contact them with that number versus their home phone.
It is just a matter of time, like in the ole days of us having those bulky bag phones many thought silly.
Ma Bell is scared…Just try to disconnect your telephone. My daughter, like many many many others have now switched to VOIP (voice over internet phones) via Cogeco Cable and have dumped Ma Bell. My daughter gets inundated with calls from Ma Bell reps begging her, offering her deals, to “please come back to Ma Bell”.
Amazing what a bit of competition does…Just wait until more and more companies like Skype Phone comes on board…Ma Bell, with its antiquated system (attached to a chord) is on its way to la la land, unless they too get on the band wagon, offering much better service for much much much lower costs.
I cannot wait to see the future of telephoning…
- PC to Mac (and lovin’ it)
- Reno’d the TV room an LR room (wife happy)
- Fired Ma Bell – Hired SKYPE (Internet Phone)
- Booked trip/convention – CES and APCUG Convention in Vegas Jan 08
- Xmas – don’t even ask…Haven’t started yet…
Oh ya, almost forgot…I am switching Blogs from Google Blogger to WordPress.
Google worked great for the several years I blogged there, however like anything else on the Internet, it is time for a change…Time to try something new. Of course I have heard, read, and seen that WordPress has Google beat in the blogging software category. Might as well work with the best…Maybe that is why I switched to a Mac. (story to come soon).
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