@ Kotonoha: alternate reality?
"DRM has never noticibly intruded upon my usage of Vista, and the Office 2007 interface is a huge step up from 2003 and previous versions. Once you've designed a few user interfaces, you will learn to appreciate how incredibly versatile and compact the Ribbon is."
One by one:
Overall: Vista sucks. It sucked when it was introduced and it has gone downhill from there. You may have failed to notice that in terms of sales it only had market coverage because either people HAD to change or it came pre-installed. In general, Vista has done more for the sales of XP and the installation of Linux than any other MS ever - maybe with the exception of Windows ME.
DRM: sure, I love it when my co . . . . . . . . .mputer goes elsew. . . . . . . here for sometimes full minutes at a time during normal wordproc. . . . . . . . essing. I have several times more computing power than was used to send a man to the moon, yet I have to wait for a computer? What for? Animated cursors? WGA calling home to report the competitive landscape on my system? (WGA, btw, is IMHO still an unwarranted intrusion on my system).
Office 2007: I take it personal when someone tries to ram down their idea of how I should work down my throat, especially the ribbon. If you're a casual "I need to type some letters for school" user it's OK; but for anyone who is a mite more sophisticated the eternal "WTF did they stick so-and-so feature this time" search is a serious productivity loss, made worse by the MS "online" help which turns a search for answers into a list of 100 irrelevant hits on the Net. I guess that's the basis on which Bling was developed. I know some offices that switched to OOo exactly because it did NOT have the ribbon.
I really hope FF coders retain legacy interfaces, I really don't know why they need to follow MS in the interface.
"Saying you prefer toolbar spam simply because you know where things are is incredibly ignorant."
Sure. The next time you leave your cave, you could think about the gazillion people for whom computers are just tools. They are not experts, and you will find gazillions who use every program fullscreen because they were never told about what a desktop metaphor actually can do for them. Every single time you change their onscreen experience you cause these people hassle, but they deserve that because they're ignorant sheep, yes? I don't think that's a terribly bright statement to make, really.