A quick update on the Vista front. I wrote a while back about I succumbed to some of my earlier opinions on Vista and installed it on one of my principal laptops.
Well, since then I have fairly thrashing the computer on which Vista runs. I have used recently and a whole range of tasks from writing complex ASP.Net websites to building Virtual Machines and it has yet to crash on me. Thanks to some help found online, I have solved the NVidia graphics card issue – the performance rating was actually slower with the that latest NVidia drivers from Dell. A quick driver hack later and the graphics are now much better.
The only new annoyance so far is that Vista tends to be more hardware intensive which in turn increases the component temperature which in turn causes the laptop cooling fan to run more.