What it was like at the Vista line at CompUSA


I was so excited to see that after five years, 50 million lines of code, and 5 billion spent that I could finally wipe out that OS X install for a Windows Vista Ultimate Edition with Office Ultimate Edition 2007. I’ve been saving all this time to spend the $1080 in Microsoft goodness that will free me from the clutches of Apple’s closed door ecosystem. No more 802.11n taxes, widgets and ill-placed search bars, and an Office system with a great UI.

I mean how can Apple honestly say they are creative and innovative when they can’t even produce more than one version of OS X? Microsoft impressively did 8. Apple doesn’t have, um, well, hold on I’m trying to think what Vista has that OS X doesn’t. Ok I’ll come back to it.

So I waited in line at my local CompUSA here in San Diego. I fought the rain, some homeless guys for the free barbecue, and when I got out of my tent at midnight I scooted right to the front of the line. Ha! My early wait paid off and I was in and out of the store like greased lightning.

Wait a second…

When I bought OS X Tiger I seem to remember people at the store. In fact, I remember being there for two hours, giggling like a school girl every time I found a new cool widget. I remember people so thick I couldn’t get through the store without being an amateur contortionist. Oh, I remember it was at 8pm too, when most people are awake. What’s going on here? Surely something with 50 MILLION lines of code and costing 5 BILLION to make must be the most amazing piece of technology ever? I mean, they have Aero, Windows Calendar, HD Movie Editing, and finally 3D chess. Come on guys, it can’t be that bad. It has Windows Genuine Advantage, something OS X doesn’t have.



this article is crap.
apple is light-years ahead.
Windows is a legacy product.
Windows has 650 different versions: just do the following count
8 versions in 99 languages = 792 different packages
8 modified versions for the European Union in 25 languages = 200 packages
3 modified versions for Korea = 3 packages
2 modifiied versions for China
TOTAL = 792 + 200 + 3 + 2 = 997 different products.

Imagine dealing with that… almost 1000 packages having to be upgraded, pached, etc.

On the other side of the galaxy, ligh-years ahead, Apple stands with one package for all languages. This is modern. Windows is legacy.

so, this article is lame and was written without any knowledge.


Mac is doing fine in the business side? That is laughable. Where do you work? the mac store? I am a professional consultant and I can tell you that only the art/marketing departments in all the companies I worked for use macs. You have been bit by the Apple marketing machine. You didn’t even know it. Btw, you cant play any good games on a mac.


jayson knight. I’ll let you know Apple’s current market share is 4.33 PPC and 1.88 %Intel. So I’ve let you know. And Apple is doing fine in the business side. take a look at this company(marketcircle.com)

jayson knight

Did you seriously just say the words “Office System” and “iWork” in the same sentence? Credibility shot.

Let us know when Apple has more than 2% marketshare, or any business presence whatsoever, then they’ll be taken seriously.

Jason Alexander

Wow, yeah, I’ve been an Apple convert the past year and proud to call myself that. But, this post takes the cake. This makes me embarrassed to call myself an Apple fan now.

I really wish you guys would have been a bit more professional about it.

Steve P

Gee, you guys!
Can’t you give this micro&soft (glad mine isn’t) bashing a break?
I get sooo tired!

Vista DOES have a WoW factor.
Gates was just explaining the ability to play certain games that had not been locked out by Vista’s new DRM.
Why do you insist on turning this into unjustified criticism?
Get a life you jealous Apple fanboys!


Office 2007 is the real star of this release.
That said, the new Office for the Mac is not too shabby either.

Still, I cannot keep from smirking when I see those ‘The Wow begins now’ signs at Fry’s and CompUSA. Yeah, “wow, Apple did this 2 years ago…it took them how long? Wow.”


And they made the boxes all different colors but NO brown? Damn … :-)


Well I wonder.

Bill Gates spent a lot of time spouting LIES about how Vista is the first OS with parental controls.

Also he kept telling everyone that it had a WOW factor.

Now forgive me if I am wrong but surely if it DID have the wow factor you wouldn’t need the boss of the company to TELL you that it had.

Just my 2 cents…


The thing is, after paying for Vista, Microsoft still owns it, and can hobble your OS – and computer on a whim. Read the EULA – Vista is DRM’ed to death.

Get in line, sheep!


Any bets as to how long until Vista is selling out of Starbucks?

Desperation, man, desperation.

Rob I

I hate Microsoft with a passion. However, you guys need to realize you’re not going to see huge lines for Vista because it’s EVERYWHERE. If Best Buy, Staples, CompUSA, Office Depot, and the Hot Dog vendor on the corner carried Mac OS X like they do Windows products, you wouldn’t see huge lines either.

Anyhow, I think Microsoft should be sued by Apple for stealing their OS (again). Lord knows enough people sue Apple.


Well… to be fair…. Office 2007 is REALLY nice, and once a person gets used to the UI changes it is considerably better than previous versions.

As for pages.. look, I’d love to see Apple create a decent word processor – easy to use, good at what it does….

Pages, at least now, is not it. It can do lots of pretty things, but when I want to write a paper – I open up Parallels and use Word 2007. it’s the first time I can ever remember thinking about a Microsoft product that “this is great to work with..”

Well, except Onenote… which is amazing.

But yeah, otherwise… silly Microsoft.

Pablo A

After watching the “keynote” presented by Bill Gates describing all the “great” features of Vista, I couldn’t think anything but: I’d love to see the “WOW” faces of Microsoft’s Board of Directors while Steve Jobs presents Leopard on March.
That will prove that OS X is 2 or 3 years ahead the “WOW” of Vista.

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