I've got some decades of computer experience behind me. That is either good\nor bad, depending on how you view experience. Anyhow, I've been using Vista\nsince about a year before RTM and regular for about a year on my primary\ncomputer. Rock solid is not the term that I would apply to Vista. On\nseveral occasions I have installed commercial applications on Vista only have\nthem operate normally for a few weeks and then, unaccountably, start issuing\nincomprehensible messages. One of them complains that it was improperly\ninstalled, even though it functioned normally until one bright morning. This\nbehavior seems more or less epidemic among 3rd party software products of a\ncertain age. Next, with Vista, one still awaits the arrival of\nVista-compatible drivers for commercial hardware products. My Xerox 6400\nscanner will not run under Vista because there is no Vista-compatible driver.\nFinally, the gadget strip is a really good idea. I find it very handy.\nBut, gadgets malfunction like 3rd party commercial software. They simply\nstop working properly without provocation or explanation. A big offender in\nthis regard is the calendar gadget that is supposed to display today's date\nin an orange spiral-bound notebook graphic. Right now on my computer it\nlaunches, stays blank, and never updates. I've tried removing it from the\nstrip and reinstalling it to the strip without any change. Vista will\nsomeday be the stable workhorse that XP is today. But that is a long effort\nfor Microsoft to execute. We, out here in the world, await improvements.\nThe mysterious upcoming (who knows when) Service Pack 1, should address some\nsignificant percentage of these anomalies.