Well, I loaded up Vista 64 to see what’s up in Microsoft-land. The answer… not much. To be fair, I don’t know what we’re supposed to expect from new operating systems today. They organize files and [hopefully] maintain stability while you run executables. The formula is pretty well established by now. And really, Vista seems to accomplish all this so far. Not only that, but it’s pretty swanky — I think Microsoft’s been stealing ideas from Apple. Yeah, again. While the jury may still be out on Vista, I’m sure that in time, as happened with XP, the general public will come to accept and even like Vista.
One interesting little quirk though is that I’m going to need to upgrade my sound card. Don’t laugh, but I’ve been using my Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eX for about six years now. It’s still in perfect working condition, but I think the nature of American business has finally stepped in to make an announcement: “If you keep using the same damn product forever, we won’t make any money.” And thus, with Creative providing a legacy driver only powerful enough to let me change the primary volume channel on my sound card, I must bid the dusty old thing adieu and throw more money at them. Kinda sad. But I’m looking forward to improved support and possibly even better performance! Wouldn’t that be cool?
Why did I type all that up? Because I’m not even going to attempt composing until I get my new card (which I ordered last night; expecting it in a few days). Theoretically I could dual-boot back into XP (I have, and it’s working just fine), but I’m not in such a hurry to write. Soooorrrrryyyy.