I really love this, it even has a nice little quote in it. It's really interesting to look at. I personally use a Mac, so the Vista logo throws it off a little, but whatever. I still really like it, and the pure greatness of it outweighs a tiny little logo. The glow is really nice too.
(sorry for this flame, but felt the need to say a few things)
i wish people finally realize how bad windoze really is. how backwards and how it cripples the mind of the users. vista is the worst windoze ever (and the worst OS ever for that matter) you can't do absolutely anything with it, you pay $400 (or more) for it and you can't play music because of the DRM, you can't copy it to another of your own machines because you have to pay for an extra license. you want a good word processor and no.., pay more and get word, which it won't let you open documents saved with its own previous version. you can't code your own applications because it comes with no compiler of any language, you can get visual studio but, again pay a gazillion dollars. now for the really funky stuff: security. vista just made it to the market and it already has 248 known security bugs, 128 which are critical and were found in the 1st 36 hours of being out there, which leads me to the next point, you want security? well pay MORE money and get: firewall, antivirus, anti-spyware, user-file-protection (since any user can do anything to anyone's files under windoze), anti-anti-virus since the antivirus program is spying on you...
need i say more?
oh did i mentioned that all the "new" "state of the art" "brand new" features and ideas were stolen from Mac OSX and Linux?
good luck to all of you... don't come crying when windoze ate your 230 pages thesis for your PhD.
I'm a long time windows users. Based on your post, as soon as I try to defend this operating system, you might just call me "brain washed" (lulz). Listen, Vista is not at all a bad system. It's the user who makes it bad. Every operating system for one, has security issues. People just point out Windows simply because "It always has problems." Why is this? Well, for one thing, Microsoft products are mainstream. So what are mal-programmers going to target? Windows systems. It's what businesses and a majority of people rely on - so they target systems that will cause financial damage. If I was to target a Mac or a Linux, hell, they are just as vulnerable. Linux is open source. You can't tell me that a mal-programmer isn't going to do something. They have the opportunity to blow it pieces (it is open source - I CAN SEE HOW IT WORKS), but they don't. Why? There's not enough people using it - so no real damage can be done. Same thing with Mac despite it's growing fan base.
Whats this talk of anti-virus spying on you? I'm a little confused. Lets see - Vista = security freak. Yeah, the OS may ask me ten times if I really want to open something, but with tweaks that can be fixed. Many a brilliant 3rd party antivirus sources are available for free - same goes for a firewall. A great free firewall would be commodo for example. Antivirus wise, a temporary fix would be AVG, although I would recommend purchasing a very cheap Eset Nod32.
Vista has DirectX 10. How can I complain with that? Not only can I pump more power out of it with a great system, I can achieve more on a Vista based computer with x64 than I can with an XBOX 360.
Lastly, money. So, lets look at this: I'm going to pay around $2,000 for Macbook Air (which has a crappy setup) when I can get an Alienware laptop with Vista installed for $1,600 (which can kiss the Macbooks Air's momma goodbye)?
As far as I know, you can listen to music on the computer with it being DRM'd - and then if you have music on the computer, you can take DRM off. DRM is practically no longer existence (didn't iTunes and Amazon just rid of it?). An operating system should have nothing to do with how you play your music - you most likely downloaded something with iTunes and couldn't play it in Foobar because it was DRM'd.
Dude, word processors are free. "Oh, but I want Microsofts..." Heck, I believe theirs an open-source version called abiword, which is just as good if not better than MSWord 08
And lastly, only Vista Ultimate is $400. All you need is 2 gigs of ram (which is really cheap if you know where to look) and a Core Duo 2.0ghz processor (also cheap).
So it's 2008 and this thread has been around for a while, but heck, I hate when people bash Vista when they simply rant.
Otherwise dude, sorry to intrude, but awesome background.
I for one agree with some of your points like security, and the stealing of ideas. I would move to Linux but for 1 reason.
almost all of the software that i use doesn't have a linux equivalent.
did you ever think that some of us are stuck with Windows? like how some American's are stuck with bush? (i say some because a 'few' people still like him) sure we'd like a change, but nobody's willing to move out the country for it.
i think the flame is better left for M$ lovers' forums rather than on an art site that encourages freedom of expression.
Face it this guy has a right to like windows enough to adapt a wallpaper to it. and you have a right not to download it.