12.25.08

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Microsoft-Affiliated Site Removes Post About Bill Gates Weirdness

Posted in Bill Gates, Microsoft, Videos, Vista, Windows at 7:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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YESTERDAY AFTERNOON we grabbed a snippet from here (now a dead link). The anonymous author has since then removed this post, which was embarrassing to Gates (and perhaps unsuited to this site which is run by a Microsoft MVP). The post noted personality issues that we already know about. Here is what it said about Vista:

Bill Gates – Enigmatic as Ever!

[...]

Charlie gave plenty of time for Gates to elucidate the viewers about the successes and pitfalls of the adventure known as Vista, but Gates refused to say much about it. When he did comment, he gave acknowledgement to the fact that, no matter his opinion, the public view of Vista was less than positive.

IDG, which is somewhat tied to Microsoft [1, 2], has also taken Vista to task by saying that 2008 was a bad year for Windows.

Microsoft is used to criticism; after all, it’s a standing joke that the third version of any Microsoft software is the first one that works right. But the backlash against Windows Vista in 2008 was unprecedented. The new OS had been out for a year, finding its way into new consumer systems through 2007 but not getting much adoption by business.

This Christmas cartoon about Vista says it all really and new problems persist for those who are fooled or pressured into obtaining the embattled operating system.

Catalyst breaks Vista Crossfire

DAAMIT IS IN a bit of a pickle over Crossfire and its newly-released 8.12 Catalyst software. Apparently, users are flooding the support forums with complaints of crashes, BSODs and inability to boot into Vista.

If you invested in Crossfire, you’re likely to have blown a fair wad of cash and you won’t be too happy to hear about this. When you installed the 8.12 Catalyst driver, you might’ve found yourself with a slight BSOD or black screen at Windows boot problem… slight being an understatement.

Can anyone blame Gates for acting weird when asked about Vista? Intel’s CEO, who was involved in the Vista crimes (collusion), also refused to talk about the operating system when asked about it in an interview early in the year. Intel has permanently shunned Vista for in-house use, despite Service Pack 1.

Speaking of which, Steve Ballmer ought to have been deposed by now, just like Gates. The court set a deadline.

Direct link to deposition video | Full set of the deposition videos (including Ogg Theora versions)

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