Well, I’m back from vacation.  I’ll probably have some anecdotes, pictures, and movies soon, but right now I’m just too tired to face all that.

And of course, a massive, massive thank-you to Brian for his impeccable wit and intelligence while I was gone.  He’s inadvertently raised the bar for this site.  So, you know, prepare to be disappointed.

I would, however, like to point out an ad that just went by on a site I was browsing:

And then it links to an “experiment” in which they showed 120 people an OS they claimed was the next Windows, but it was really Vista.  I imagine the results showed that these people loved the software when they didn’t know it was Vista, but I can’t be sure, since the site won’t even load under Firefox or Safari, and I won’t touch IE with a 10-foot pole.

But that’s not even the point.  What’s alarming here is that Microsoft apparently deems Vista’s image enough of a problem and enough of a public laughingstock to all but acknowledge its poor reputation in its own advertising.  “If you pretend to know nothing about what the experts claim, you REALLY WILL LIKE IT!  We promise!”  So slap on a blindfold, and maybe it’s not so bad.

Personally, I think that instead of wasting time on these “experiments” they should just hurry up at that drawing board they’re getting back to.  It doesn’t matter to me, though, since it’s too late–they’ve already lost a Windows customer in me.