I Figured It Out – I Know What's Missing In Vista!

So I’m sitting at my laptop, and I said to myself, “Ron,” (this is what I call myself) “do you know what’s missing in Vista?” The skies parted, birds began singing, the sun was shining brightly and then a voice – not a normal human voice, but a voice from up above – spoke. (Now, I’ve heard these voices before but my shrink says that two or three more electric shocks and all should be well.)

But for now, I listen to the voice (or was it voices?) to find the answer to the meaning of life… no, I mean to the meaning of the universe… oops… I mean what’s missing in the big V.

Then I got the answer: It’s us. We consumers have no “WOW!” I think we lost our “WOW!” sometime after 98 (or was it XP?) when we realized that we didn’t care anymore what the computer screen looked like as long as the computer just worked. At the same time, most of us also began to realize that high-speed Internet was good, while dial-up was not so good. No matter how quickly our processor processed, our fingers couldn’t type any faster, and in general we accepted the computer for what it really was: Another appliance. A tool. No more, no less.

Let’s face it. When was the last time you said “WOW!” when you bought a new toaster? How about a new blender? New underwear?

So does anyone really think that if you buy a new computer with Vista on it your neighbor when he/she sees it is really going to say “WOW!” Run home, get a hammer, and beat their XP machine to death?

Sorry, Microsoft. We are ‘WOW-LESS!” And it’s not your fault. It’s just that computers have become too common.

[tags]microsoft, vista, wow factor, appliance[/tags]

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • http://trixrox.wordpress.com/ Brandon

    My friends kinda go “whoa why does your computer look different”. One actually asked ‘is that a mac’. But yeah I get people who are impressed by Vista. I personally like it a lot. Maybe I’m just crazy though ;)

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Brandon,
    Not at all. I’m glad you are enjoying your system.
    Regards, Ron

    PS Maybe MS should change WOW to Whoa!

  • http://trixrox.wordpress.com/ Brandon

    Lol, the WOW should become Whoa. I can see it now “The Whoa starts now”.

  • marc klink

    I got a copy of Vista free from MS when the Launch Tour came by, but I have yet to open the package. I read about all the difficulties with specific hardware [some of which I own] and say to myself “Self, you can wait until Service Pack 1″. In the meantime, I am running on XP SP2 with Window Blinds, so if I want a Vista look, I can get it, and I avoid much of the hassles of early adopters. For me, XP was a WOW, in that I always experienced daily crashes with 95,98,SE, and ME. When I was able to move files all over 4 harddisks without Explorer crashing, I was WOWed. It works great in that respect, and since I am diligent with antivirus and antispy updates, use a firewall behind a router with NAT, and don’t visit stupid websites or use anything like Kazaa, XP works great and I find I need no more [my needs are all hardware related now].

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Marc,
    I agree. After using Vista Ultimate and then going back to Windows XP, I find XP does work the best. I’m very pleased with not only the performance of XP but also the lack of crashes. And it supports my hardware and software. :-)

    Thank you for your comments. Ron

  • Steve

    For a flashy desktop, check out a thesis project by a University of Toronto student. It’s called BumpTop and it may be the future of desktopping.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Steve,
    BumpTop is a very interesting concept. As I look at my pile of stuff sitting on my desk, I can see how this GUI would be interesting to use. It seems very intuitive as well.

    Thanks Steve.

  • http://www.getnoticedfirst.com Demetrius Pinder

    you know, one of my friends has vista and i like the extra features.

    I just dont see a real need to upgrade, i think that’s where the “wow” factor is missing.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Demetrius,
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think that some of the features in Vista are also great. But like you, I’m not upgrading just yet. There are some bugs that need to be ironed out. As I stated before, this is not uncommon for any new OS.

    Again, thanks for your comments. Ron