PC World recently wrote up a column discussing the 15 biggest technology disappointments of 2007. And while many of those issues revolved around topics that were certainly a disappointment, I was disappointed with PC World's number one pick.
According to the venerable publication, Windows Vista was the biggest disappointment of 2007. Why you ask?
"It's just that Vista isn't all that good. Many of the innovations the operating system was supposed to bring--like more efficient file and communications systems--got tossed overboard as Microsoft struggled to get the OS out the door, some three years after it was first promised. Despite its hefty hardware requirements, Vista is slower than XP."
And while I must agree that Vista "isn't all that good", I can't call it a disappointment. After all, did anyone actually believe this operating system would do anything besides cause headaches and make people want to go back to XP? Certainly we knew better than to expect a great operating system out of the gates from Microsoft, right?
But do you want to know what the real disappointment of 2007 was? No, it had nothing to do with the fact that the high-def format war is still being waged or Net Neutrality is still sitting on your Senator's desk. The real disappointment of 2007, which was touched on in number five of PC World's list, was Apple's unwillingness to stand by and allow hackers to do what they wanted with their iPhones.
To heck with Vista -- the real disappointment fell on Steve Jobs' plate.… Read more