It’s 2084 A.D. and Doug Quaid is haunted by recurring dreams about journeying to Earths closest planetary neighbor Mars. He lives in a time that has survived yet another world war and where Government elections are obsolete. His wife accuses him of fantasizing about Mars to escape their boring life-style. Yet, Quaid can’t stop thinking about the oppressed Martian colonies under the harsh rule of the tyrant Cohaagen. A flashing advertisement, Call Rekall, where we make the impossible possible, draws Quaid into a vacation parlor. Here, fantasies are artificially implanted in the minds of those who desire to turn their dreams into reality. Quaid is intrigued by the role of an intelligence agent – on Mars. Something goes wrong with the procedure, unlocking thoughts that were erased from his mind. Quaid realizes that he’s truly been to Mars, that he’s not who he thinks he is and that even his wife is fake, a spy sent to monitor his new identify. Distant memories of a Martian woman, his past life and a menacing plan are invading his mind…

Windows Vista, The Turning Point: 15 Years Later

Windows Vista, The Turning Point: 15 Years Later

There are times throughout our lives when particular years tend to be more important than others. For me, one of those years was 2007. A lot of things happened that year, at least for me technologically speaking. Some of these include:

  • Announcement of the iPhone
  • Windows Vista (this article)
  • Purchase of a 21.5-inch iMac
  • Bought the original Apple TV.
  • Bought a 4GB original iPhone
  • Purchased a Black 13-inch MacBook

Over the course of the year, I will look back at each of the events fifteen years after they occurred. Each of the posts will look back at my thoughts, and what has happened in the intervening time.

The first one, previously covered, was the announcement of the iPhone. It was a significant turning point for me in terms of phone platforms. There are instances where a new device can bring complete joy, awe, and inspiration. The original iPhone was that.

However, the iPhone was not available for sale until the end of June 2007. There was a other pivotal, at least to me, item that came out on January 30th, 2007. That product, was Windows Vista. Now, you might be confused given that I only use Macs, why I would be talking about Windows Vista. In fact, Vista was the catalyst that caused me to switch to the Mac.

If you were steeped in technology or even tangentially aware, Windows Vista was not the best release of Windows that Microsoft has released. Vista was an operating system that was released five years after its predecessor, Windows XP.

Windows Vista made some significant changes, like User Access Control, or UAC and Encrypted File System, and including support with the Trusted Platform Module, or TPM.

Windows Vista About box

Windows Vista to this day still has the reputation of being one of the worst, if not the worst, version of Windows every released. While it did improve as the years went on, it could not outlive that reputation of not being a good product.

Along with these was a new Windows Display Driver Model, or WDDM required device driver manufacturers to re-work their device drivers. However, many drivers were not optimized for Windows Vista. Because of these non-optimized drivers, the device drivers would crash constantly, like every 5 or 10 minutes, without fail.

Windows Vista Orb

This caused nothing but headaches because the entire system to basically be unusable. The system would not blue-screen, but with the graphics drivers crashing consistently, it would not allow you to effectively do anything on the computer.

I cannot be 100% certain what I did to mitigate the issue. If I recall correctly, I think I ended up changing the theme to be the basic theme, which would disable the advanced graphics features and would allow Vista to actually run. Even with this mitigation in place, I think this entire event put the seed of doubt in my mind about whether or not to continue to use Windows.

It turned out, that less than two months later, in March, I ended up buying the 21.5-inch iMac, but more on that closer to the time that I bought the iMac.