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Like most of the geeks who read this, I'm someone people ask advice on what PC to buy. Often. I'd recommended a Dell machine to someone this week but got an email back saying they could only get the machine with Vista. Incredulous, I checked this out and it is true. Dell will not sell their new PC's to consumers without Vista. When I asked if they seriously would rather me go away than buy my fourth Dell machine, all I got back was "Why do you feel you do not want Vista?"
Hey, Dell, how about because I'm the consumer and it's what I want. How about because I have a bit (probably more than 15 years) more experience than your fresh from the cabbage patch telesales guy and don't need to justify my purchases to the little whelp.
My advice to this friend came down to this:
"My very strong suggestion is to wait it out. It's smarter to hold off buying a PC and see what happens over the next few weeks and months. Either all of us doomsayers will be proven wrong and Vista will be wonderful, or else Vista will create such a backlash that vendors will once again sell PC's without it. How badly do you need a new machine right now? If you really need one, we can find an alternative. "
Clearly Microsoft is putting huge amounts of pressure on vendors to sell only Vista now. This will of course be reflected in the adoption numbers that come out this quarter. They'll say "Look, a huge percent of new PC's are being purchased with Vista! It is a success! Don't sell our stock.
Once again, I call bullshit.
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This guy said they're planning a quick rollout of Vista to 10,000 users...