Now honestly, I was not inclined to like Vista before I ever thought someone would force me to buy it. But then, it turned out that I needed a new laptop (I didn’t, but my wife did and so things get bumped down the line), and I got a decent deal on a 12 inch XPS, so I took it. And had Vista shoved down my throat by Dell. I’m sure you can tell I wasn’t amused.
I had another copy of XP Pro that wasn’t in use, so I got hold of the drivers for it, and prepared for battle. Since I had no idea what Vista was really like, I decided to give it a short go before I blew it away for ever.
Vista, is a total piece of shit.
First of all, they changed around a whole bunch of crap that they shouldn’t have touched. Different menu options, etc. That was stupid, but I understand the urge to change a program.
Then I tried to run a program I had. Vista made sure I wanted to use the program, since it was possible said program could take over the known world. I said I did. I used the program, then Vista told me that I had used the program and that it was evil because it hadn’t installed anything and what did I want to do? What the hell did it think I was going to do? What I wanted to do was rip the fucking OS out by the roots.
Then I installed C&C 3 and tried to run it. It ran slower on the new computer than it did on my old laptop. It ran like a dog. I was neither amused nor surprised. Now C&C3 (and I have LOVED Command and Conquer since the first one came out years ago) has its own problems. Most notably, the fact that the game has a tendency to push a person’s CPU to %100. The assholes on their forums suggested that it was a hardware problem. Yeah. I’m sure. Especially on dual 64’s. Then there’s the small issue of the game just completely freezing the computer after patch 1.05 has been applied.
Anyway, those issues aside, I love C&C. Don’t love EA or their fan boys a whole lot.
And Vista IS the OS to stay away from. But don’t take my word for it. This is a mighty good read:
So… on to that writing stuff. New chapter of Avatar is out. I’m praying that you guys don’t lose patience with me, cuz I’m finding it a hard go. Problem isn’t exactly writers block. It’s more like I have a ton of projects that I want to work on at the same time. That’s not workin’ so well. What I really need is discipline. Yeah, yeah, I’m a Dom. Well writing and sex are two different things. I’ve tried to keep it down to just a few stories at once, which is sort of working. But then I don’t feel like I’m getting anything accomplished because I’m writing too slowly. Arg.
And on that front, I’ve actually finished my first outline. Or what I call an outline. I don’t usually use one, not even on Avatar. My process is a bit more organic than that. But I even have notes for Avatar now. Which makes me wonder if that means I’m getting to be a better writer, or a worse one. I guess if you guys read the latest chapter and hate it, I’ll have some indication. But the outline I did was for another SG-69 story. I like those characters, and I’ve avoided the temptation to have Major Wilds have a bit of fun using Samantha Carter for a sex slave. Not even sure SG-1 will make it into this story, beyond a minor part. Hell, at this point, I’m not even sure when I’ll write the damned thing.
Oh! I read the latest Laurell K. Hamilton — The Harlequin. Not bad. Not enough to redeem her sex stories, which was really all her last books were, but moving in a good direction, I think. Less Christian Angst, and I’m all for that.
So there ya have it, the latest Pen Report.