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Dan’s Weekly Rant


Dan’s Weekly Rant

What has really pissed me off this week in the technological world by Dan Ashcroft.

Firstly, Having forked out on Windows Vista, i have found it absolutely riddled with bugs: I keep on only being able to get local access on my wireless router; When I leave my laptop downloading overnight, i often find that it hasn’t been downloading, no: it decided to reboot at 3:00 in the morning because some display driver stopped responding. I have to agree that yes, Vista is an improvement on XP; regardless of what anyone says – it is more secure and they have finally changed the way Windows downloads updates.

It used to drive me insane the way that when Windows had finished installing an update on XP, the way it would constantly notify you every few minutes that you needed to reboot, and would be nice enough to do it for you, regardless if you had unsaved work and were not at your computer at the time. At least now with Vista, you can get the notification to piss off for up to four hours, that’s right, FOUR HOURS of sanity of not being disrupted whilst you try to finish off those taxing reports on word.

Windows Media Center has really provided a lot of e-rage this week, having decided to give Microsoft a chance to prove themselves in the audio software department, I decided to give Media Center a shot. Don’t let the new silky interface fool you: you have to wait around 10 seconds between pressing play now and actually hearing the first bit of the song. What an ingenious function, I’m sure that people wrote in the suggestion box for Vista, that they wanted to have a relaxing period of silence just before they got to hear their song. Another problem that I find is that when choosing an artist to play and am listening to a song, it just stops after the song and doesn’t go on to the next song if it’s from a different album. I wish Microsoft would show some team spirit as well; funny how when playing a song on Media center, it doesn’t show what you’re listening to on Windows Live Messenger but when using iTunes it does!! I’ve learned my lesson, and its back to good old iTunes. And I’m the one with the Vaio!

Amazon, this week have announced plans to create a music download site to rival Apple’s. When reading this, i thought “At last, something to challenge the DRM kings.” What I simply cannot understand is how people keep on buying song, after song on iTunes and yet they don’t actually own the frigging thing after forking out money for what can quite simply be downloaded for free by other means (but we wont go into that). At least REWARD the user that has decided to buy music legitimately with actually giving him (or her) what they have paid for.

That’s enough ranting for one week.


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