Earlier, I blogged about Microsoft just had a baby girl. Now that I've spent some time with her, I think I'm beginning to like her. I was worried that Vista (the baby girl), would be in my way of productivity and getting things done. I am happy to say, that I am not as worried about that anymore. Here is what I was worried about.
1. Visual Studio 2005: Contrary to my fears, I can use VS2005 very very easily and painlessly on a Vista box. I haven't run into any major issues.
2. SQL Server 2005: I never install SQL Server 2005 on my host machine anyway. Why? Because between all the instances it is running, the sqlsrvr.exe process eats up so much darned memory, that I always virtualize it anyway. Having virtualized SQL Server to a 2003 server environment, I'm happy to say that it's working out pretty good between Vista and myself.
3. Virtualization: This is a biggie to me. I was worried that the virtualization story was going to be painful. I talked to a few friends who did bite the bullet and went with Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Vista. I went one step further - I did Virtual PC 2007 Beta. Why PC? I am trying to keep my main OS as light as possible - so Virtual PC means, no IIS. And, Virtual PC 2007 Beta2, works quite well indeed on my desktop.
4. Any other programs that bitch and moan? YES. As I am working on whatever, my whole screen suddenly goes dim, and I see a security assertion box. Why? Because, Adobe updater wants to update some software on my box - HOW ANNOYING. What is interesting however though, on an older machine - Win2k3 etc. Adobe would have done, what otherwise requires security assertion, right under my nose - and I'd never know. Adobe, please write good software, c'mon - it ain't that hard.
5. What I gained from Vista? a.k.a. things I cannot live without now.
- Gadgets - I use the weather gadget, stocks, outlook, and the clock. On my laptop, I also use CPU usage, Wifi strength, and battery strength.
- Search integrated into the start menu. You can't imagine how productive this is. Seriously, this is truly incredible - once you learn to love it of course.
- Win-TAB - 3d Alt Tab. Okay, it is very productive to see the windows in their full form, rather than just the name of a title window. Not to mention, you can click on any of those windows in a 3d view, and it pops it right in front of ya.
- Automatic shadow copying, i.e. versioning of my docs - very very useful.
- Tagging of files I save - awesome way to arrange my information.
6. What I am still struggling with:
- I still haven't gotten used to the new windows explorer.
- The file save->as dialog has me confused many times. Say, how do I change a drive on that dialog box?