Farewell Wista

It was short lived… no more Widows Vista, today the computer will be formatted and returned to good ol’ Windows XP Media Center Edition.

Seems that the tv tuner card doesn’t want to work with Vista, David tells me it’s the only thing that isn’t working. Given that the computer is also our digital TV receiver that’s not so good.

As I said in my last post, Vista is pretty, and clean. It is still Widows though, other than the improved clarity there doesn’t seem to be too much that has changed. I know, I know this is a beta, but let’s be honest, Microsoft wouldn’t have it out there for people to download and install if it wasn’t pretty much finished. So there will be no HUGE changes coming.

And in related news, well actually it’s about the same thing. Microsoft’s Genuine Advantage program, installed with Windows Vista (but I didn’t notice it on the Beta), will report back to the Microsoft server every 90 days to confirm that you are using a genuine version of Windows. And while they could check on install, it appears they want to be able to deactivate your version of Windows at any time, if they decide in future that it is not longer a genuine version.

I’m not one for piracy, but I’d like to think that I have some sense of privacy, but apparently I have no right to believe such a thing exists for anyone online.

More online at Groklaw and ZD Net.

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