After a week playing with my new Vaio laptop, I am starting to get used to it. Well most of it.
To be honest, the laptop itself is great, I really like its minimalist design, and the keyboard is very comfortable. There are still some features I haven’t played with, like the optical interface, or for example the backup partition it has.
What I have to get used to most is the Vista operating system and additional software delivered with it. Personally I am really into building the machine from scrap. I therefore always owned a PC, build from parts. The first steps where usually:
1. Build the partitions I need (or thought I needed at that moment, because they changed a lot over
2. Create a XP custom install CD with BAT PE builder, which allowed me to remove the windows features I did not like, and change some of the basic configuration.
3. Install Windows, and the necessary applications
4. Setup the Users files/Folders (Documents and Settings) on a dedicated partition
And that’s it. As you can see, I was a bit lost in a pre-configured and pre-installed system on a single drive. Also the fact that the laptop was delivered with approx. 20 gig. of software did not really help. What happened with the CD’s or DVD’s that used to come with a new system? With these you could choose the things you would like to install.
I bvelieve that here is probably the biggest mistake one can make. Which is: Start using all the pre installed stuff.
MS Office 2007, very nice and pretty but a 60 day’s version… After that? uninstall and end up with a bunch of useless documents you’d have to convert to something to use them again?
Norton 360, looks very safe to me. A bit too safe maybe. To me it gives me the feeling I am untouchable. which for most of today’s threaths is probably true. However, after 60 day’s… this protection will disappear. Meaning that me, and the others in my house using my machine would have to change our online mentality and customs a bit, if we dont want to end up with any unwanted stuff happening on our new fancy laptop.
A set of games, some downloadable, was also preinstalled. However, after trying the first game, I was aked how I wanted to pay for it. Something I do not really like. (paying for it I mean… after all I am Dutch;) ).
The Sony Vaio Software is good. It does the job, is for free, and do not occupy too much space either. This is one of the few pre installedsoftware packeges I am happy with.
Now I have more or less tried it all, I will start planning the computers future. There are so many questions yet to awnser…
At this moment, I am not sure wether to set up a second partition for documents and another one, to dual boot with XP, or Ubuntu. What I do know now, is that I got rid of almost all of the preinstalled stuff and I am getting used to Vista, which to my surprise is very straight forward and I would even call it pleasant. I will post more about that for sure!!