Here I am, getting to know my new PC. It is a racehorse:
- 4GB of DDR2
- Core2Duo 2 6600
- Nvidia GF-7950 VT
- WD 320GB SATAII, 16 MB Cache, 300MB/s, RAID-1
I installed Vista64 because I want to use that as a development platform and test target. Of course I want to transfer all of the data on my trusted yet ancient laptop to this beast.
So I hook up the firewire cable, go to the network configuration tab, …
Wait a minute… where is my FireWire connection? I know it is there because it works in the XP system that I use in dual boot. Hmm… They can’t have been this stupid, can they?
Turns out they can, and they did. FireWire is no longer a supported carrier for TCPIP under Vista.
I have been using network shares over FireWire for a long time for transferring large amounts of data from my laptop to my desktop for backup to DVD. The only alternative is 100Mb/s network cross cable or WIFI. Not fun.
So it seems that my XP system will come in handy after all. I hope I don’t discover any more of these weird decisions.