V-day (Vista) is almost upon us and here we go again with the knock knock at the door. Microsoft is once again promising a bigger and shinier OS that we are going to just love. Sounds a lot like a Landsharks to me. Or worst yet, it could be BOB. For those of you to young to remember Landsharks and BOB, here’s a quick review.
Landsharks were these Saturday Night Live made-up Shark creatures that lived on land and knocked on peoples doors, pretending to be anything but a Landshark. When people opened the door, they would eat them. BOB was a lot worst. BOB was a new user friendly OS release by Micorsoft. Microsoft Bob was released in March 1995 as an entirely different adventure game-like OS interface/shell. BOB is considered Microsoft’s worst program and their biggest failure.
Will Vista be a hit or a flop? Time will only tell. But, I am going to wait it out. I just can’t bring myself to shell out $400 bucks just to get the Blue Screen of Death. Besides, it took me this long to tweak XP to work the way I like and play nice with all my stuff. I love to game online and you can usually find me slaying monsters as CZar ChecMate in Guild Wars on the weekends. This online hobby of mines requires that I get the beefed-up network version of Vista ($400) if I want to avoid networking headaches down the road. Besides, with XP, OS X, Ubunto, and maybe a surprise OS from Google, there are plenty less costly alternatives to Vista.
Typical Landshark Skit form SNL
[Scene: A New York apartment. Someone knocks on the door.]
Woman: [not opening the door] Yes?
Voice: (mumbling) Mrs. Arlsburgerhhh?
Voice: (mumbling) Mrs. Johannesburrrr?
Woman: Who is it?
Voice: [pause] Flowers.
Woman: Flowers? From whom?
Voice: [long pause] Plumber, ma’am.
Woman: I don’t need a plumber. You’re that clever shark, aren’t you?
Voice: [pause] Candygram.
Woman: Candygram, my foot. Get out of here before I call the proper authorities. You’re the shark, and you know it.
Voice: I’m only a harmless dolphin…
Woman: A dolphin? Well…okay. [opens door]
[Huge latex and foam-rubber shark head lunges through open door, chomps down on woman’s head, and drags
her out of the apartment, all while the Jaws attack music is playing.]