Robert McLaws Says Chris is Picky with his UI

Robert McLaws takes the writer of the Associated Press story Six months on, Vista users still griping Some working around flaws or sticking with Windows XP, I mentioned it here, because she only got one side for her story. He said Chris Pirillo has made his career complaining about Windows, it comes to him naturally.

This may be news to Jessica Mintz of the Associated Press, but not every Vista user has been griping. While it’s easy to look to Chris Pirillo’s 52-minute rant on Vista, people forget that Chris has made his professional career out of griping about Windows. He’s been complaining about Vista since the first time I showed it to him in 2004. So going to Chris for an opinion of *any* version of Windows is likely to produce a 52-minute rant on fonts, spacing, pixel alignment, and his feelings on usability. I consider Chris a friend, but the guy’s about as nit-picky about UI as they come… I’m actually surprised he hasn’t just switched to the Mac yet.

I’ve been using Windows Vista for just as long as Chris has (if not longer), and while my beta testing problems were well documented, I haven’t had too many issues since RTM. I’m running with UAC on, and I don’t run into UAC prompts all that often. I’ve rarely had driver issues (except for the first few weeks when Acer didn’t update their US support site), and all three machines in my house are running it. Overall, I love Windows Vista, and I can’t stand touching Windows XP. Heck, my mom and kid sister use it every day too, and they’ve hardly ever called me about tech-support issues. Source: Windows Vista: Six Months In, Your Mileage May Vary

He also said, “But unless the AP is going to have Zogby do a customer satisfaction survey (or unless they do some, uh, investigative reporting, and get both sides of the story), I think the best way to explain the public’s experiences with Vista is “Your Mileage May Vary”.” While he admits he’s had some driver issues, he is very happy with it, as is most of his family.