I am neither a fan of Microsoft or Apple. However, after a hard failure of a laptop and a scramble for a decent deal I purchased a Lenovo y510 Ideapad for about $800 tax included with Vista Home Premium edition.
In recent months I’ve heard the MS company and loyalists try to convince consumers of an “Apple Tax”. Added costs for software transitions and incompatibilities. As one experienced with Vista Home Premium, I have to share my observation.
I have to say when I first got Vista the experience started rough. I had to replace my Windows based cell phone due to lack of compatibility, I had to replace a scanner due to lack of compatibility and I lost the ability to send or receive faxes that was built into Windows XP.
Quicken 2006 has some compatibility issues to boot.
Understanding that, I shrugged and soldiered on giving this experience the benefit of the doubt. However, like one of my marriages, it went awry over time. Around the six month mark I began seeing slow downs. Over the past two months (eight months total) things have progressed to the Blue Screen of Death at least THREE TIMES A DAY EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Now, I’m a fairly techie guy. Built my own pc’s and worked with many versions of Linux.
I know where to find answers and what makes sense. For the past two months, I’ve updated all my drivers, checked the admin logs and done all that I feasibly can and Nothing works.
I’m hoping the extended warranty I have can somehow work with this.
I have to tell you I’m completely unimpressed with Vista. It fails more than Windows 98, has more incompatibility issues than XP by far and has cost me more time and money than any other system alone to maintain compatibility including the worst systems in the Linux world.
If I’d only known I would have definitely bought an Apple.
So, when someone starts telling you about the costs of “Apple Tax” just steer them to this. Any “Apple Tax” can’t be any worse than the “Vista Tax” that I’ve continued to pay for an OS that continues to fail on me.