Here, I fixed it for you:
OK, here’s a non-serious answer. Windows Vista isn’t even available yet, AFAIK. When it becomes available, the answer to your question whether you should buy this operating system is “It depends…”. I had a lot of fun (OK, so it was frustrating sometimes) watching for XP bug updates and security patches and putting XP through its paces early on. But if you’re looking to do a pile of productivity, I wouldn’t start with a newly-released operating system no matter what the brand is–every one has problems at first. It’s impossible to predict how those problems will affect you. 6 years after the release, it’s usually safe. The XP operating system is a pretty stable workhorse, unless you’re adventurous with non-M$ software. Windows Vista probably won’t be at first, but it’ll be interesting to watch it grow. By the time the Windows Vista is “stable”, Windows MiracleÂ® (or something) will come along and blow it away with new wallpaper…and the cycle begins again.
Great post, Beeder. I guess the hobbyists and experimenters like to be the first on the block to pick up new burners, but everything you say above is absolutely true: new ODD models with 1.00 firmware invariably have major issues. Sometimes the issues are solved by firmware releases and sometimes they are not solved and a new burner comes out (NEC sure has been releasing new models fast & furious lately). If net results are more important than toying with new hardware, you should wait until a concensus forms of those who have already bought in.
It’s cheaper, too. BestBuy even makes fun of “early adopters” who pay full MSRP by referring to them internally as “Buzzes”.