I think John C. Dvorak is a delusional Jackass

If you were to look up the word sensationalism in the Oxford dictionary I am sure you would find John C. Dvoraks big head in all its glory. Here is the reason why:

I think it’s a miracle that they are doing Windows 7 at all.

That said, everyone who is running the early release versions of Windows 7 beta, love it and this appears to bode well for the company. They all say that it is fast and rock solid and is just a lot better than Vista. It also seems to be more compatible with older programs and legacy hardware.

It has been proclaimed a winner by the users.

Well, not so fast. Microsoft may be pulling a fast one with the beta release because this is not the finished product. Let me explain.

As a beta program it probably does not have any of the security measures built into it the way a release product would. For one thing security is not too important with a beta product since hackers have not targeted it in any way, nor will they until the final product ships.

All that zippy performance that everyone is jacked up about will disappear once the burden of security precautions and patches begins.

For all we know the whole OS could turn into an incredible pig after this happens. We simply do not know the outcome.

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For someone whose primary OS of choice is Mac OS X or Ubuntu, he seems to think he knows more about the Windows platform than actual users and the developer team themselves. Microsoft has committed to making Windows 7 available 3 years after Vista’s General Availability. The Windows Team set a milestone and they are sticking to it. It could simply be a case of under promise, over deliver or simply setting realistic expectations. My fundamental understanding is Windows 7 is driven by quality and feedback, not lets try and get this out as quick as possible before the competition. The Windows 7 Team is listening to the people who will buy this product when its released, so they are trying make the experience based on what we want, not just what they think we will need. That’s one of the major differences between Vista and Windows 7.

Microsoft has set a quality expectation with Alpha’s, Beta’s and Release Candidates. An Alpha must be near in quality as a Beta, while a Beta is a frozen feature set with the characteristics of a Release Candidate, while an RC must be at the same level as the final release which is also a reason a build of Windows is often designated RC because of its potential to become the final product. Microsoft is continually enhancing this release and they are engaging with their customers to inform us about the progress they are making towards the Release Candidate milestone.

Security is not too important with a beta product? Uh, Dvorak, I think you should go back to the 80’s and hang out on the Computer Chronicles, because this decade is just not for you. Windows 7 builds on the fundamentals of Windows Vista/Server 2008 SP1, Microsoft’s most secure releases of Windows to date. Features like BitLocker, Patch Guard, ASRL, Device Driver Signing, UAC, Internet Explorer with Protected Mode and AntiPhishing, Windows Defender are all part of the security investments included with Windows 7. Microsoft has also ensured that Windows 7 beta releases receive the same level of commitment as a commercially released product, see here and here

I have been running Windows Vista since November of 2006, same install and I have not experienced any degradation in performance on any of my systems. Microsoft that the bit rot issue that was common with past releases of Windows was resolved through enhancements such as a the new low priority Defragmentation Tool, see here Microsoft has also done some innovative work in Windows 7 to enhance the performance of system:

  • The efficiency of core Windows code
  • Only starting certain services when they are needed (demand-start services)
  • The way device drivers are initialized
  • Allowing multiple device drivers to start at the same time (parallelization)
  • An overall reduction in the memory and CPU required to start and run the graphics system

But, John C. is throwing it to the wind that Windows 7 could become a pig is just because careless writing without any form of insight. Microsoft has even removed bundled programs from the core operating system to improve efficiency.

Here is a quote from Windows Live General Manager Brian Hall about the decision:

Removing programs such as Photo Gallery, Mail and Movie Maker from the core operating system will give Microsoft more time to focus on the core operating system experience in addition to improving the efficiency of things like Service Packs which could ultimately be fewer and smaller. Mr. Hall also said that a cleaner operating system eliminates potential confusion for customers faced with two different programs that are similar in function-one already in Windows and the other from Windows Live. He also said that Microsoft is working with OEMs are around Windows 7 so that they can place shortcuts that will link to a download page where you can choose just the programs you.

In addition to these decisions, Windows 7 is more customizable, users can further disable features they don’t use in Windows such as Internet Explorer, DVD Maker, Media Center, Windows Search, Gadgets, Handwriting Recognition, Fax and Scan and the XPS Viewer. So any question of bloat is silenced here. Microsoft is listening and they continue make this release of Windows very anticipated, from a features perspective to a performance envy. I hope John C. Dvorak will take some time out and leave Mac and Ubuntu systems, download the Windows 7 beta and actually give it a try instead of bad mouthing because it puts more food on the table.

Resources:

The Engineering Team makes Windows 7 even more Customizable
Windows 7 Uncertainty?
Enhanced Security features in Windows 7
Some Changes Since the Beta for the RC
A few more changes from Beta to RC…

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21 responses to “I think John C. Dvorak is a delusional Jackass

  1. Mike

    John is cranky period but if he reads this maybe he\’ll come around. I\’ve installed 7 on two machines 1 a Pentium 4 3ghz machine with 512 mb and that install took 20 minutes and one machine with 2.4 ghz quad core processor and 4 gig memory and that install took 15 minutes. I\’ve had minor issues with sound card, wireless drivers but once going out to the Windows Update site drivers have been available and reliable.

  2. Steve

    Uh, are you serious? " My fundamental understanding is Windows 7 is driven by quality and feedback, not lets try and get this out as quick as possible before the competition."Either you are a complete newbie, or you choose to ignore history completely. Let me remind you: Windows 95(a), Windows Me, Windows Vista. These are all OS\’s that were released too early, and did not function as they should have until at least the 1st revision or Service Pack. In the case of Windows Me, it never did come around.In the history of Microsoft, only Windows 2000 Professional was held up until it was ready to be released. Now that Bill Gates has turned operations over to Balmer things have gone from bad to worse. Vista is a great program, now. But it should not have been released until it was delevoped to SP1 standards. Stripping free standing features like Mail, and Movie Maker out of Windows doesn\’t hurt but it certainly doesn\’t help. And I can not believe you are so gullible to say:"Features like BitLocker, Patch Guard, ASRL, Device Driver Signing, UAC, Internet Explorer with Protected Mode and AntiPhishing, Windows Defender are all part of the security investments included with Windows 7"Bitlocker is only included in premium versions and is over the head of the average user. Not to mention it provides for a total loss of data (if there is a system failure) to the millions and millions of people who don\’t regularly back up. Windows Defender is a total joke as far as spyware protection, and UAC is so intrusive that anyone that uses a computer for more then an hour a day has to turn it off. And did you actually list device driver signing as a security feature? COME ON! Device driver signing is a pop up window that EVERYONE ignores. Do you seriously go buy a new bit of hardware for $100 and then don\’t install the driver when the unsigned driver warning pops up? Even the instructions with most devices explain that you should ignore this warning. Device driver signing is a source of income for MS, not a security feature.Windows 7 Beta seems to be a good start, but what we see in the final release could be a completely different animal, and if hindsight tells us anything, it will be.

  3. Andre

    I appreciate the comments. Steve, I have disagree, no new version of an operating system is ever perfect out the gate. Its a complex procedure to orchestrate an industry around a new release of a product thats used by hundreds of millions of people. What happened with Vista is similar to what happened with XP, there were some application and device driver compatibilities, a lot of that was smooth out even before SP1 was released. Also, OEM\’s did not present Vista the right way to customers. Systems were released from factories with the bare minimum to run the OS. Not taking into account the other activities the user will also be doing on the system. So coordination was a major problem, its not a case of the OS not being ready. ISVs and IHVs had access to code from WinHEC 2005 to start getting their programs and hardware products ready and updated. But there was a reluctance because of the initial reset back in August of 2004. I don\’t want to play a blame game here. But I just agree that this should be about Windows Vista not being ready. Vista introduced fundamental changes to Windows for the better. It lowered to the attack surface, implored developers to write better applications without the need for elevated privileges.

  4. Michael

    Looking at the release cycle for Win7 and the plan for only one RC1.I doubt there are going to be any more ground breaking changes. They\’re building on Vista… not reinventing the wheel. The final RTM will most likely have the speed of the beta with improved perfromance.As for UAC intrusiveness. That\’s subjective. I leave mine on and I operate at user level. When UAC does fire off it actually asks for a password. It doesn\’t happen all that often, and trust me I use my systems one hell of a lot more than one hour a day.

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