Wednesday, January 16, 2008, the day in which I decided to say goodbye to my beloved Windows XP and hello to the monster known as Windows Vista. Be it press releases from numerous government agencies, or the ever entertaining Apple I’m a Mac, I’m a PC ads – Vista hasn’t found too many friends. Despite all of that propaganda, I decided to roll the dice with Vista. Vista / Vegas – coincidence?
Much like AutoCAD installations, Vista installations are quite literally defined by the hardware you have backing it. For me I am actually working on a late Windows XP laptop, a HP Compaq nw8440 to be exact. Inside of it I have a 2.0 Ghz Intel Centrino Duo processor with 2.0 GB of RAM. Overall I see my machine as a pretty typical AutoCAD 2008 capable laptop.
Coming from a civil engineering firm, it’s only natural we are using AutoCAD Civil 3D and an array of other verticals; Land Desktop, Map 3D, and Raster Design. We are using the 2008 versions of the products mentioned above. But enough information about platform, what about usability and reliability?