Filed by Donnie Jenkins
Microsoft has announced that its upcoming Windows Vista OS will be available to business customers in November, but not to consumers until 2007. What does this mean to you and me? Sominex for the mind, folks, a real snoozer. This OS is going to be huge, it will only run well on newer computers with gobs of memory and hard drive space, and it will ship without a couple of the features that were supposed to make us want it. Without a doubt it will offer some cool new features, but unless you have money to burn, wait a while to even consider purchasing it. If you buy a new PC after February or March next year, youll probably get Vista installed on it anyway. I always wait as long as possible to upgrade to a major revision of Windows, and dont do it until I cant live without some program that requires it. For example, my audio workhorse for recording is Adobe Audition 1.5, and it runs only on XP. I was still using Windows 98SE for some audio work until this program came out, but I was glad to retire it and go strictly XP because this program made it worth it to do so.
Theres a new version of the Firefox browser coming out this week, actually a test version. While their early versions of the program are usually safe and well designed, I would suggest waiting to upgrade if you are running Firefox. It can only get better.
Thanks again for all your e-mails and encouragement.
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