Tech Talk: Windows 7

2/17/2010:

[Continuing this week’s featured post series about technology that Hoboken residents may be using or thinking about using…]

Finally less Microsoft headaches!

Without getting into the “Mac vs. PC” war (I’ve been a PC user for 20+ years) – I wanted to share my positive experience with the latest version of the Microsoft desktop operating system: Windows 7.

For anyone still on the Windows platform – and not using Windows 7 – I’d personally recommend upgrading as soon as possible. Why?

  • Stable. I’ve suffered the least amount of “down time” trying to deal with headaches associated with a horrible operating system (practically zero). It just allows me to do my work (for now at least).
  • Simpler. Even complete novices will find the interface improved over any other Windows version.
  • Leaner, faster. The boot time is quick, and the OS handles memory much better.

Even though I installed the program on a fresh hard drive – I heard that even the upgrade process from previous Windows versions was fairly smooth as well. While getting a new PC (with Win 7) would be your best bet for noticeably improved computing – you may still want to consider an upgrade if funds are tight.

Anyone else enjoying Windows 7 as much as I am?

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14 Comments on "Tech Talk: Windows 7"

YipYap
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Why not just triple boot a Mac Pro with Win 7, OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Linux Ubuntu 9.10?

getz76
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getz76

You could triple boot, but really the draw for Ubuntu is that it is free and will run on pretty much any hardware (old included). Ideal for an older, underpowered machine.

I am not anti-Ubuntu, but there is nothing that is going to draw me to Ubuntu other than price. If I already have access to Mac OS X or Windows 7, I will pass on Ubuntu.

In response to YipYap who said:
Why not just triple boot a Mac Pro with Win 7, OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard, and Linux Ubuntu 9.10?

xyzpdq
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xyzpdq

Microsoft’s Windows 7 commercials are ridiculous to any Mac user. You’re a PC and now you can see all your application icons at the bottom of the screen? And you say it was YOUR idea PC user? Hate to break it to you PC but it’s called a Dock and it was Apple’s idea. We’ve had them for almost nine years now. Welcome to the 21st century PC users.

matt1122
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matt1122

I hate to break it to you, but almost every feature in OS X and Windows 7 (and those commercials) was present in Linux as an open source project long before it was present in OS X or Windows.

If you really want to be embarrassed, look at the bottom of this Windows 1.0 screen shot:

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It might not be pretty, but there’s your dock in 1985.

In response to xyzpdq who said:
Microsoft’s Windows 7 commercials are ridiculous to any Mac user. You’re a PC and now you can see all your application icons at the bottom of the screen? And you say it was YOUR idea PC user? Hate to break it to you PC but it’s called a Dock and it was Apple’s idea. We’ve had them for almost nine years now. Welcome to the 21st century PC users.

exm
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Seems that the Mac fanbooks have found this thread… The first few messages were very interesting (seeing both sides of the story)…

I have limited exposure to Macs and have no problems with them. What I do have a problem with is that anything with the Apple label is at least double the price (for similar performance). Might be worth it to you, but most certainly not to me.

In response to xyzpdq who said:
Microsoft’s Windows 7 commercials are ridiculous to any Mac user. You’re a PC and now you can see all your application icons at the bottom of the screen? And you say it was YOUR idea PC user? Hate to break it to you PC but it’s called a Dock and it was Apple’s idea. We’ve had them for almost nine years now. Welcome to the 21st century PC users.

getz76
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getz76

The “Apple Tax” is a bit more prevalent in the lower end notebooks, iMacs, and the Mac Mini. The higher-end Macbook Pros and Mac Pro, the price is actually somewhat competitive. An 8-core Mac Pro is by no means a bargain, but it is also not outrageously priced when you consider the components.

In response to exm who said:
Seems that the Mac fanbooks have found this thread… The first few messages were very interesting (seeing both sides of the story)…

I have limited exposure to Macs and have no problems with them. What I do have a problem with is that anything with the Apple label is at least double the price (for similar performance). Might be worth it to you, but most certainly not to me.

Boken Pug
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Boken Pug

On my home computer I switched to Linux (Ubuntu) about 2 years ago and haven’t looked back. I bought a new laptop last year and didn’t even load windows, right out of the box i formatted the HD and installed linux (though I probably should I run windows just to make sure the hardware worked).

I find it a lot easier to deal with software bugs when the total cost of the OS is ZERO dollars. Anyone with a medium level knowledge of computers should have no issues switching to linux.

hobokendave
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hobokendave

Windows 7 is for PC users what Mac OS X was for macheads…in 2000.

getz76
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getz76

Wow, hobokendave. Insightful, especially considering Mac OS X was released in 2002.

In response to hobokendave who said:
Windows 7 is for PC users what Mac OS X was for macheads…in 2000.

Easy-E
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I’ve used a lot of different computers and OS’s. Amiga OS, Unix, Irix, Linux, Win, a couple kinds of early PC DOS, Mac OS…

They all crash they all have issues. Use what you like.

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