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Windows Vista first impressions

ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly
ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly
ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly ugly

And the networking doesn't work. Yet it wants to go out to the Internet for everything.

Oh, and did I say it was butt-ugly? Apparently all the talented UI designers have left Microsoft. I curse the day some idiot decided that dialog boxes and web pages with hyperlinks deserved to merge into some kind of mutant hybrid UI. Consistency, people! Standards! Have you forgotten all that you learned? Why do you think the Win95 interface is cloned and duplicated so fervently by the Linux shell people?

[Update: We got the Vista connected to the network, finally, by selecting a different ethernet card driver. Vista's preference was for one that didn't work.]

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