Okay, okay … I’ll admit it. I didn’t figure out how to create the graphics for this new layout all by myself. When I thought I was done, my brother pointed me to a GIMP tutorial that explained how to create Vista-style buttons. I tried it out and liked the result good enough to use it on here.
Keep in mind that my use of buttons that look like Vista does not mean I am advocating that operating system in any way. I explained in a conversation on Facebook yesterday that I’m fairly opposed to using the OS. I haven’t used it much, but from my brief experiences, following are my complaints. In short: Windows XP works great for me. Why do I need something different?
- Vista puts stuff in different places. I don’t know whose bright idea it was to move so much stuff around. Higher learning curve means fewer people will be willing to adopt it quickly.
- That Mac vs. PC commercial that pokes fun at the new security stuff in Vista is pretty accurate.
- I tried to connect to a Samsung laser printer connected to an XP machine from a Vista machine and couldn’t get it to work. I tried all sorts of stuff, looked online, etc., etc., for like an hour or so. Then, I added it to my XP laptop and it took a whole 1-2 minutes.
In summary, Vista is lacking in compatibility, learnability, usability, and Erich-friendliness .