I've had this computer, and this crappy excuse for an operating system, for a year and a half now. And it still manages to surprise me with all the ways it can think of to go wrong on boot-up.
Usually it's something to do with the screen that gets screwed up. Recent irritations have included:
- showing a 1280 × 1024 background image on a 1920 × 1200 monitor.
Usually when this happens it will realise its error and correct it within, ooh, about five minutes. But last week it stuck with that setting for an entire session, lasting some hours.
- images switching to and fro between left and right monitors
- refusing to show any desktop at all -- just a black screen with a cursor.
But it's really amazing how many variations on these themes it can come up with. Nothing if not inventive, Vista is.
Today it was a practical issue. I'm accustomed to the computer taking more than five minutes (timed) to restore from standby. That's fine, it fits my morning routine, I use the time to make coffee. But when it takes another four minutes, on top of that, to open Outlook...
The Microsoft VP who famously "got burnt" by Microsoft's "Vista-capable" scam -- for scam it was -- at least ended up with what he described as "an e-mail machine". He's still better off than me.