The 7 deadly sins of Windows 7

Lust, gluttony, greed, anger, envy, pride, and sloth -- Microsoft's new OS suffers from each deadly sin. Here's what you can do to minimize the toll each sin takes

The seven deadly sins -- for centuries, they've shaped the imaginations of poets, priests, and politicians, while giving the great unwashed a frame of reference: Do these things and you'll burn for sure!

When it comes to software, few products have inspired as much debauchery as Windows. From lust to sloth to envy, Microsoft's flagship OS platform has proven to be a source of manifold transgression. Zealots have praised it, and pundits have cursed it, while those of us in the IT trenches are forced to actually live with it.

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So with Windows 7 just around the corner, it makes sense to examine the product through the prism of these 7 deadly sins. Just how does Microsoft's new OS drive users to acts of iniquity? And what, if anything, can you, the IT administrator, do to manage the carnal impulses and aberrant behaviors this interloping force of nature engenders?

Lust: Beware Windows 7's faux-Mac experience, which may drive users to the real thing
Windows 7 inspires lust. Specifically, it arouses an unhealthy yearning for a better computing experience. If you're an IT administrator, you can see the signs easily: a lingering glance at a contractor's MacBook Pro, an iPhone in use instead of the standard-issue BlackBerry, browser histories filled with links to macworld.com articles, telltale "my other PC is a Mac" bumper stickers adorning their cubicles.

Left unchecked, these primitive impulses can destroy office morale. Frustrated by the restrictions imposed on them by a rigid Windows-only regime, some employees may even resort to illicit workplace trysts. Many a naïve sys admin has made the unfortunate mistake of ignoring the signs only to later stumble upon a wayward user secretly caressing the object of his or her desire -- a smuggled MacBook Air -- in the back of a secluded wiring closet.

If your job description includes enforcing a Windows-only computing policy, keep close tabs on your charges during the Windows 7 transition. The faux-Mac experience of the Aero UI will no doubt serve to exacerbate their frustration and perhaps even inspire an increase in overt acts of salaciousness as users realize they've been duped by a poor imitation of their true Mac love. So stay alert. Be vigilant. And keep a hammer close by (for cracking Apples, not heads).

Gluttony: Windows 7's piggy requirements require a lot of hardware "food"
Windows 7 continues Vista's piggish ways with regard to RAM consumption and CPU utilization. Like its notorious predecessor Vista, Windows 7 consumes significantly more RAM than Windows XP, ostensibly to support its vastly expanded set of default services. As InfoWorld's tests have shown, this latest version of Windows begins to perform adequately only when deployed on multicore hardware, and some of its "cool" features such as the Aero UI require new graphics hardware and/or updated drivers.

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