I’ve been using XP for a long time now on a Dell XPS M140. The machine is an improvement over my last machine which was a Windows 2000 box but some things annoy me.
First is the wireless performance. We have two of these XPS boxes, one with the Intel wireless the other with the Dell wireless. The Dell wireless card is based on a Broadcomm chipset and I can tell you from experience that it sucks ass.
My Intel card is no picnic either. Well, maybe it’s not the card itself but the absolutely fucked DHCP implementation of Windows. If you read the details regarding DHCP and then contrast it to the implementation that MS used for Windows you’ll see what I mean. It’s fucked.
The other day I got the chance to play with a co-workers new MacBook Pro. First off the machine is light as a feather and has cool features that my Dell lacks, like built in camera, illuminated keyboard, anti-shock disk parking, etc. The one thing it doesn’t have that my XPS does is a card reader that’ll use SD, xD and mMC cards. Oh well.
But what really floored me is that using VMWare my co-worker was able to run a full install of Windows Vista on it. Virtualization rocks.
And don’t tell me that Vista will solve my woes since it won’t. It’s a bloated piece of shit.
So come tax time I think I’ll be ditching my PC and going Mac. Can’t say I didn’t warn you.