> At 12:04am, I started the Vista Feb '06 CTP installation. At 12:44am, I
> was running Vista, it having recognized all of hardware (except the sound
> device) from my $366 PC, including enabling those cool "glass" effects and
> the nifty animations, integrated search and all the neat things you've
> read about in the Vista reviews.
> I know I work for "the man," but even so, I'm seriously impressed. The
> install was fast and seamless. The performance is way better than I
> thought it would be. And the little UI tricks are fabulous. I can't do any
> media stuff 'cuz my audio device wasn't recognized, but it was cool when I
> tried to play video and a DVD, that the Vista Media Center UI came up (my
> complete home entertainment needs are served with a coupla TVs, a Media
> Center PC and an XBox).
> I know, I know, I got the OS for free, but come on! It's still beta and it
> runs great on my cheapo PC! I don't know what Vista's going to go for, but
> I bet the whole she-bang (including LCD panel and DVD drive) could be had
> for ~$500 when Vista ships. Plus, I've only been playing with it for about
> an hour, but I already don't want to go back to my XP boxes...
> P.S. This post was composed and posted from "visto," my new Vista PC.
> Chris Sells , Saturday, March 11, 2006 2:15 AM