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Three blue screens of death and an iTunes mess


“Read my lips; no new taxes,” President George H. W. Bush; “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” President Bill Clinton;” and “Windows Vista has turned into a phenomenal product, better than any other OS we’ve ever built and far, far better than any other software available today, Co-president of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services Division Jim Allchin. Three great recent lies, but there’s only one of them that’s still being maintained as the truth: That Vista is a great operating system. Please, it’s not even stable.

Vista SP1 was supposed to make Vista all better. It’s actually more of a band-aid on a severed hand. If you must use Windows, you’re much better off with Windows XP SP3 than Vista SP1.

Take, for example, Vista, and indeed Windows’ biggest BSOD (Blue Screen of Death) of all time at the Beijing Olympics. Over a billion TV viewers got to see Vista on Lenovo hardware go boom. Listen, Lenovo? Are you really sure you want to drop desktop Linux?

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