Posted 01 May 2010 - 04:10 PM
Hello! I haven't been on a computer forum in ages but this one got my attention while seeking a bit of information on Vista. The google link actually had nothing to do with what I was looking for, but I won't complain because I'm glad I found this site. (I was looking for boot time benchmark info, in case you were wondering.)
I've used Win 3.1 on up to Vista. The only experience I had with 7 was a nightmare, but not because of Windows itself. A friend of mine had a 3-year-old Dell Vista laptop, got herself infected, and an overzealous support person talked her into buying 7, that it would "fix all of her problems". Except her system was not 7-compatible. By the time I was called onto the scene, she had a Windows 7 machine with a Windows Experience Index score of 1. That was the weekend I learned how to make Dell work for me. They have a system, I have learned it, and I also learned the true meaning of patience. Bonus: made a few "friends" at Dell in the process.
My primary toy now is a brand new Dell Inspiron 11z with Vista Home Basic. Fun little machine. Not a netbook, yet not a laptop. I adore it. I've had it a week. Win 7 was an option, but I chose not to upgrade. It's an interesting configuration in a very small package. Not powerful enough for a primary machine, but more than adequate for what I use it for.
For me, parting with an old computer is nigh impossible, evidenced by the fact that I've had 9 total and still have 6 now.My others include a Toshiba Satellite (Vista Home Prem) (mostly for work), a Compaq (XP), and an older Inspiron (XP), all laptops. My last desktop was a Dell Dimension purchased in 2001. I still have it, and when I hook it up it still works. Somewhere in a box (I moved recently) is an IBM Thinkpad, purchased in 1997, that still worked last time I plugged it in.
I guess my "specialty" is straightening out and optimizing the computers of inexperienced users. I'm convinced that most browser toolbars are the work of the devil. It's frustrating because I give people the tools to prevent this and they still can't stop themselves from clicking "yes". I've only had a couple of infections on my machines ever, so it's not impossible to keep a system clean. A few years ago I momentarily got hijacked by malware, and back in January my Toshiba got hit with a nasty rootkit infection of the fake antivirus variety. Only took an hour to repair the damage but it was fascinating to watch it in action. I'm still not 100% sure how it got in, guess it was one step ahead of the definition updates.
Well, this was way too long of an introduction, so I'll wrap it up. Hopefully I'll be able to help someone out and learn a lot myself.