Monday, August 4, 2008

New Vistas

"So, what do you think of Windows Vista?" someone asked me the other day. I had to answer truthfully. "I really don't mind it," I told him. "There are a lot of people out there who don't like the added security, but I do." That's absolutely true, but for those Windows XP lovers, the leap to Vista will take some adjustments. Yet, for those that have been using Windows 2000 or (gasp!) Windows Millennium or Windows 98, it will seem like a leap of galactic proportions. Anyone who has started to work Windows Server 2008 will recognized the similarity between it and Windows Vista. Server 2008 is in reality a Windows Vista server. While Windows Small Business Server 2003 edition (also known as SBS) has been doing very well for customers, there has been much anticipation about the SBS 2008 edition. The news is that it will be released on November 12, 2008, just in time to make it still in 2008, but many months past its original scheduled release. Backups under Windows 2008 Server will no longer be tied to tape media, but will allow a full system state to be copied to a networked drive or onto a local hard disc, something never before natively available. It makes the old style way of collecting data even more obsolete. But that's what computing is all about...massive amounts of change and updates. As I tell end users all the time, the day after you buy your computer is the day is becomes obsolete. It's a very unforgiving world, but one that is continually reinventing itself and audacious in its constant striving toward perfection. But it does leave one exasperated from time to time.


Maria said...

One of my sisters is a computer maven, and I first heard of Vista through her. Any thoughts on how those of us who are computer capable (but not mavens) can keep jumping the new hurdles?

Kosher Computing said...

One mouse click and one keystroke at a time, I'm afraid. However, it's not nearly as bad as some may suggest. In reality it is just another bit of a learning curve. You may take solace in noting that it is not a jump of olympic proportions. It is more a leap of faith and I am certain that all who attempt it will prevail in the long run.