2010-12-23

Bad Experiences are Forever

This is a sort of follow-up and is opposite to the previous post. There are a couple things that I had bad experiences with that I should probably try out again; these things have probably left worse impressions on me emotionally than rationally.
First is Toyota. Toyota has had a rough couple years, starting with issues of premature rusting in its trucks' frames and leading up to the "unintended acceleration" fiasco. Through it all, it's managed to become #1 in sales, but this too has come at the cost of its quality; now, the parts it uses especially in the interiors of its cars are flimsier and aren't assembled with the same attention to detail as before. My family owned a 1988 Toyota Corolla, and it ran beautifully until 2004; it was solidly built, and the attention to detail was striking. Now, no more. That said, the unintended acceleration fiasco (which pushed my skepticism of Toyota over the edge) is finished and its new cars are pretty solidly built and competitive, so I really shouldn't instinctively turn me away from all Toyota products (though I'd still rather wait a few years before recommending their products to anyone again).
Next, Fedora. I tried the Fedora 11 "Leonidas" GNOME live CD about a year ago, and I loved it. I really liked the fact that it, unlike Linux Mint 7 "Gloria", detected all of my hardware out-of-the-box (including my graphics card and monitor at its native 2048 by 1536 resolution). So I decided to install it. That was a terrible idea: not only did it fail to install properly, it also managed to mess up my existing Linux Mint 7 partition at the same time. I tried again, and it still didn't work. I then decided to hold off until the next release. Version 12 "Constantine" was worse; no live CD or live USB I created (the usual way) would boot. That's when I gave up on Fedora. That said, just about a week ago, I and a friend of mine (who is a Red Hat/Fedora guru) installed Fedora 14 "Laughlin" GNOME on a mutual friend's laptop (which was suffering from a slow and malware-ridden installation of Microsoft Windows 7). The installation itself worked flawlessly, and aside from multimedia codecs (which was easily fixed through the handy program Autoten), everything worked out-of-the-box — Skype (i.e. webcam and mic), printing (and scanning), desktop effects, etc. Given this, I really shouldn't hesitate, yet I still do. Maybe it'll happen when Fedora does actually support NVidia's Optimus technology.
Finally come laptop touchpads. Wait, no — those are ergonomically inferior to external mice. Whoops! (Heh heh.)
So what are your thoughts on this? Do you also dislike things more emotionally than rationally? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

2 comments:

  1. I have a visceral loathing of Apple Macs - not the hardware which in recent times has been quite attractive looking (if overpriced/underspecced). It's the OS.

    When I was at the cavendish my research group had beige box Macs (and a few Solaris/SPARQ boxes for heavy lifting). I had to live with Mac OS 9.0 for a year, I was used to Windows (at that time 98/NT4 and also DOS), AIX and previously the glorious Amiga Workbench. OS9 was like a giant step back in time, to using acorn machines at school, OS9 felt like RiscOS with big floppy clown shoes on.
    Then we got iMacs with OSX - this was worse. The hardware had been given a big clownface makeover and the OS was now FreeBSD with clownshoes - and no trivial way to take the clownshoes off.
    They eventually let a few of us ditch ClownShoesBSD and get some commodity PC's with win2k and debian (I forget whether it was woody or potato) and I never looked back fondly, not even once.

    Possibly I should give Macs another chance, they do look very pretty and OSX has supposedly improved. I do however have the nagging suspicion that it would be like bidding for handmade italian shoes on ebay and discovering on opening the parcel that they were brightly coloured, floppy and size 360.

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  2. @T_Beermonster: At this point, you're suspicions are right, what with Apple's plan to make it even more closed with the Mac App Store and the third-party application approval process overseen by Apple itself. Frankly, I don't blame you (though I hear the earliest Macs were quite good and very easy (intentionally so) to modify, both in terms of hardware and software). Thanks for the comment!

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