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The truth comes out about User Account Control

Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system has been lambasted ever since it was launched for consumers in January 2007. Diehard Windows users balked at the steep system requirements, sometimes sluggish performance, inadequate driver support, and varying products SKUs at multiple price points.

One feature that has caused quite a bit of controversy with consumers has been the User Account Control (UAC) that is included in Windows Vista. UAC prompts nag users for simple operations such as going to device manager, emptying the recycle bin, or installing/uninstalling an application.

David Cross, a product manager responsible for designing UAC, gave the real reason for UAC at the RSA 2008 conference in San Francisco yesterday. "The reason we put UAC into the platform was to annoy users. I'm serious," remarked Cross.

Cross added that Microsoft's unorthodox method to stop users from wreaking havoc with their systems and to stop software makers from making applications that delved too far into the Windows subsystem was a necessary move.

"We needed to change the ecosystem, and we needed a heavy hammer to do it," Cross added. Cross went on to say that although UAC may be seen as an annoyance to some, but its lasting implications are far more beneficial to Vista users. "Most users, on a daily basis, actually have zero UAC prompts."

Many would say that many users have zero UAC prompts on a daily basis because they have already disabled UAC -- not so says Microsoft. According to Cross, 88% of Vista users have UAC enabled and 66% of Windows sessions do not encounter UAC prompts.

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RE: Sluggish Performance
By darkpaw on 4/11/2008 11:31:57 AM , Rating: 5
I would have to agree with you there. People that learned in a lower level language where they had to manually manage all of their memory allocations (C, Assembly) tend to use the smallest they need. People that learned something like Visual Basic in school tend to just assign the biggest they can so they don't have to worry about size.

I did a lot of embedded/C type stuff in my undergrad and learned good memory management practices then. It really seems the focus on current development for general purpose systems is just get it coded as fast as possible, memory footprint doesn't matter.

I like Vista and don't mind the memory requirements at all, it's not like 2gb is expensive. I do worry about where this trend is going though.

RE: Sluggish Performance
By murphyslabrat on 4/11/2008 12:31:55 PM , Rating: 2
I like Vista and don't mind the memory requirements at all, it's not like 2gb is expensive. I do worry about where this trend is going though.

You have Vista to thank for that, you know. ^_^

You can get a 2GB S0-DIMM now for $35 at the egg.

RE: Sluggish Performance
By ImSpartacus on 4/11/2008 3:41:52 PM , Rating: 3
2x2Gb is actually cheaper per GB than 2x1GB (it wasn't always that way). I say bargain bin A-Data 2x2GB for $50 after a $10ish rebate.

Who needs to pay 200$ for 2GB of DDR3 when $50 can get you similar performance and double the capacity?

It wasn't always this way, but Vista is certainly becoming manageable with current prices.

RE: Sluggish Performance
By mindless1 on 4/11/2008 9:32:40 PM , Rating: 2
I think you are missing the point, which is not memory cost but that at any given memory bandwidth it still takes longer to shuffle that code around. We're effectively cancelling performance gains and user productivity, the truth is people can't do the most common things on a PC any faster than they could 10 years ago (assuming certain things abandoned like floppy discs, dialup internet access) while in any other activity the user would certianly be faster after years of practice and using equipment potentially > 10X as fast.

RE: Sluggish Performance
By goku on 4/12/2008 5:16:23 AM , Rating: 2
I couldn't agree more.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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