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# Monday, 05 February 2007

Could have been done a bit better I feel.

Let's get the first question that people will ask out of the way first, so how much does Windows Vista costs? OK.. let's go for a pricing table.

Edition Full Ver Upgrade Ver
Home Basic RM859 RM446
Home Premium RM1020 RM686
Business RM1271 RM855
ULTIMATE!!! RM1703 RM1118

The general response I get when I tell people how much it costs is "WAH SO EXPENSIVE ARRR!!!??!!" For the first few people that said that I explain to them that.

  1. Pick the RIGHT edition for your needs, not everyone needs Vista Ultimate! If you just use your PC for simple office apps or just to play games and expect little use of the other OS features, guess what? HOME BASIC WORKS FINE FOR THAT! Here's the link to the compare editions page on the Windows Vista site, have a look see.
  2. You buying a piece of software that you're going to be using almost whenever you use your computer (yes, I said almost to take into account all those people who dual boot) for oh.. the next 2~3 years maybe even longer. And you call the price expensive?

OK.. 2nd questions that I kept getting asked. "So I upgrade?" Very tough call, Windows Vista does bring some pretty nifty features that would make your life easier. Readyboost gives 1GB notebooks the potential to be as spiffy as notebooks with higher amounts of RAM. The nice integrated search is welcomed for some people. But the main thing that stops me from saying "Yes, please upgrade to Vista now if you can." is LUA as I mentioned here. Until you're sure the programs you're using can properly support Vista's new security model, you might want to hold off the upgrade.

It should be ok for you to buy a new PC with Vista pre installed, but again... it's about wheter or not the programs you use the most can work with Vista or not.

Now.. about the launch event at Low Yat during the weekend. A few rants I'd like to put out.

Here's the video of the night launch, just click the play button to get it to start caching first.

Where's The Love For Existing Customers?
So.. Windows Vista was launched and the software was being sold at the launch event, but whenever I asked about the upgrade version they told me the stock wasn't in yet. While it is true that most people would go for the full version, some of us would like to take advantage of the cheaper upgrade pricing.

More Talk About The Features, Less Rapping And Dancing.
During the official launch event at 8PM where the MS Malaysia MD, Yasmin Mahmood came out, it was an ideal time to talk about Vista's features and get the already attentive crowd stoked on the product. But instead all of 5 MINUTES were spent to talk about the features, then they brought on a rap group for entertainment. (You can see this when I finish uploading my video)

If You're Gonna Pay Money For A Rap Group, Make Sure They're Worth It.
So.. they got local rap/pop/whatever group K-Town Clan (I think that's how it's spelt) to give a little concert during the event. I personally have no idea who they are so I can only gauge their popularity based on the crowd's response. So.. for reference there's a crowd of 900 people (according to what Yasmin said during her little keynote) So when the MC goes "I want you all to say K-Town Clan.. K-Town Clan.." and I couldn't hear any chanting at all from the back of the crowd where I was I just have to wonder wheter having them there added anything at all to the event. Then when the group comes up and greets everyone with a "Alright, everybody make some noise!!!!" and the crowd whimpers.. Something's wrong right there.

Must Music Be Played THAT Loudly?
While the concert was on, and during some other events during the day they pumped some pretty LOUD rocking music through the speakers surrounding the event area. So loud that there was no way I could talk to anyone in the booths for information. Why do people do that at events? Why hamper the customer from gathering information?

ReadyBoost Does NOT Add Memory To Your System
Windows ReadyBoost is one of the cool new features in Windows Vista, what it is essentially is that it allows you to use an external memory device ie. USB Key, SD Card, CF Card, etc. etc. with proper performance specifications to be used as a additional CACHE area which can be accessed faster than the swap file on the hard disk. It does NOT add memory to your system. So if you plugged in a 4GB USB thumb drive and use it to Readyboost your system you do not get an additional 4GB of RAM available for use in the system. Why am I mentioning this? Because the OFFICIAL Windows Vista Edition of Hardware Magazine that was being distributed around during the event keeps mentioning that ReadyBoost DOES ADD MEMORY to your system. Oh... the problems that's gonna cause.

Videos to follow once I get them uploaded.

Monday, 05 February 2007 01:07:22 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Saturday, 03 February 2007

Hey guess what?  Miss the speech recognition is actually quite a lot better than Windows XP, I would say it's actually quite usable it seems to be getting more so than things right but it can't seem to be able to understand me saying windows Mr. I have no idea why maybe it's my pronunciation baby address, pronounced the V were all in all I am quite impressed roof the function of the box speech recognition in the new windows Mr. Of cost now I think the nutrients a mall dictation might be problematic but controlling windows brief speech seems to be a pretty good idea I can also correct errors beat the easily with buffalo the speech on full blown interface and if used to go and get it this entire block entry list TV and using voice dictation I just didn't decide to go through all of the trouble of correcting all the errors wish I could've done pretty easily I think. . .

Saturday, 03 February 2007 02:49:39 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Monday, 15 January 2007
Windows Vista is ready to launch on the end of January, but... certain bumps exists on the road to the upgrade. And here I talk about the biggest bump I expect to be, LUA.

Monday, 15 January 2007 21:36:55 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Monday, 27 November 2006

On my previous post I mentioned that I was not ready to install Vista on my primary developement machine the Toshiba M200, first of all, I still had no idea how the driver support would work out. Secondly was due to all the scary stories I've heard already which includes.

  • Visual Studio 2003 cannot be installed on Vista
  • Visual Studio 2005 doesn't work too well with Vista, needs a patch that's not yet available.
  • SQL Server 2000 doesn't work on Vista
  • SQL Server 2005 doesn't work well on Vista, needs a new patch that's not yet available.

That's what I heard, and then I found the Visual Studio 2005 On Vista FAQ page which lists out all the known issues with VS2k5 and Vista.

So.. still wanting to try and get Vista running for my developement uses I did the next best thing during the weekend. I installed Vista Ultimate on a VPC and then installed all the tools on it.

Surprisingly all my primary tools, VS2k5, SQL Server 2000 and 2005 all installed and seem to be running properly. I also can't seem to get some of the problems mentioned on the fact to happen, guess I'm gonna need more time to test it.

Monday, 27 November 2006 00:11:42 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 25 November 2006

So, I grabbed a new hard disk for the fried one on the Shuttle MCE that was fried 2 weeks back. Then I decided what the heck let me just slap in Windows Vista Home Premium Edition for the MCE duties now and see how Vista performs as a normal home system since I can't seem to use it on my developer system. (More on that some later)

The most interesting thing which I wanted to try out was a point made by someone on the team that the setup time for Windows Vista would be around 20 mins, and boy did it. I came back home from work, slapped the hard disk into the hard disk holding cage of the Shuttle. (It's a very neat design, only thing is that the cage is like.. milimeters above the hard disk air hole hope it doesn't cover it too much) Popped in the installation CD, started off the installation, went to take my bath and came down to a spanking new installation of Windows Vista.

Wow... that's fast!

Saturday, 25 November 2006 12:33:51 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
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