The End of Games For Windows Live….. Or Prehaps Not

It had been widly reported that come the end of the 31st of june the much maligned and some would say hated games for windows live would become no more as microsoft were set to switch it off for good.

This would have left several games unplayable with out a patch not unlike the recent closure of gamespy.

However according to MCV this is not happening and microsoft themselfs saying that they are continuing to support the platform which is good for games that rely on it and didnt look like they would have had any chance of a patch.

It’s good news for the games that were in limbo and for the players that still play them.

The big question is what have Microsoft got planned for games for Windows live now? What do they have planned for the pc? Time will only tell.

Into the Vista

Recently I bought myself a new laptop.

Acer Aspire 5930G

2.0ghz processor

3 gigs ddr2 ram

250gb HDD

Nvidia 9600m GT 512 MB

Acer Aspire 5930g

Acer Aspire 5930G

Now this is the first time that I have really used vista properly, I did try out the release candidates just before the official release but they didn’t really work. My PC ran it fine I just could not have any sound due to an incompatibility with the on board sound card so I really didn’t use it much at all.

After the official release there were all these horror story about the installation and how it ran and basically bad storys about every aspect of the new vista operating system.

I knew already that vista had improved a lot since then due to my short stint in a TV and Audio department during the busy Christmas period last year, But it was still with great trepidation that I booted up my new laptop. I was as ready for the impending doom of installing an operating system as I have gone thought the not so pleasant reinstalling of XP far too many time’s in the past and that really is a pain [In fact I’m doing reinstalling XP on my old laptop as I type] .

Vista however in comparison however was a piece of cake and so quick, just a few clicks later and a little waiting and my new laptop was up and running and connected to the net ready for me to grab all the software that is now essential for a happy computing experience so first stop Microsoft updates. Thankfully the copy of vista that came with the laptop already had all the service pack one updates installed so I only had to grab the most recent updates. While that was going on I strolled over to http://www.getfirefox.com and got myself a proper web browser.

I have now had my new laptop for about two weeks and I really like it and you know what I actually really like vista too. It was easy to set up everything that I want to and do so far it has done so without complaint. I haven’t even had it crash or bluescreen on me once and hopeful by saying that I wont have cursed myself. Everything is running how I like it and running fast. The user interface perhaps one of the biggest differences at least on the face of things is great its smooth and it just seems to flow. It does take sometime to get used to and Im still finding my feet but all the things that you need most of the time are easy to find. And things that most people don’t need or want to know about are hidden away [that does cause me problems mind :P].

Anyway time to stop this seemingly endless waffle if you as I was concerned about windows vista don’t be certinly on a new machine it looks like most of the problems that haunted vista’s launch have been sorted and it is just so much nicer to install and look at than xp.  Roll on Windows 7

Vista Thanks But No Thanks!

I saw This story from the BBC pop into my RSS aggregator today and it reminds me why I am still running all my machines on XP.

vista.jpg

I would have thought that Microsoft would have learnt by now that this sort of thing does themselves no favours at all. It not only makes them look bad in the public eye it cant help there image with the developers that make the software that’s affected.

I am very security conscious when it comes to my computers and do tend to update my software regularly but if I was running vista I would in light of this give service pack 1 a miss for some time. Lets face it, its going to be filled with more bugs than it fixes even if you discount this news. I just don’t think that the hassle it has the potential to cause is worth it for new features and a more secure environment. How It could be said to increase security when it makes a whole load of third party security suites stop working I don’t know.

This is the list of some of the named software that’s affected sadly the list isn’t all inclusive.

BitDefender AV
Fujitsu Shock Sensor
Jiangmin KV Antivirus 10
Jiangmin KV Antivirus 2008
Trend Micro Internet Security
Zone Alarm Security Suite
Iron Speed Designer
Xheo Licensing
Free Allegiance
NYT Reader
Rising Personal Firewall
Novell ZCM Agent

So nothing that’s used by very many people then. [ A big welcome to my friend sarcasm please]

For some reason the part of the story that annoys me the most perhaps because I am not a vista user is this

“Microsoft warned that its list was not “comprehensive” and asked people to get in touch with the maker of any affected software to fix problems”

I think its a damn cheek that after breaking things that they seem to expect everyone else to do the hard work.

Think I will be sticking with xp for a little while yet.

UPDATE

Fixed some very silly mistakes and gave the post a title and some tags as I stupidly forgot. I blame staying up till 3am and I’m sticking to it.