I know this. I've accepted it.
What now? Well as some of you may or may not know, there is currently a beta of Windows 7 floating around. I was finally able to get a key from the Microsoft site and just downloaded the beta from one of my "usual" sites, so it's still legit.
Trouble is that I didn't want to disrupt the current "OK-ness" of my Vista desktop. It has been fairly stable lately and I don't want to really mess around with that. So what does that leave me to do?
Install it on my Macbook, of course!
If you didn't know... any Apple computer (as of... well, not long ago) can also run Windows along with OS X (it runs both, essentially, but one at a time - you can reboot into the other). You could also use Parallels or Fusion to run it within OS X... but I don't want to bother with that. My 2.0ghz Macbook can handle it on its own.
Started up Boot Camp and popped in the disc. Took about 20 minutes to install (surprisingly!). My first impressions are actually pretty good - like the rest of the internet, it seems. Just about everything was working instantly upon install. I installed the Boot Camp software just to have it completed. Performance seems nearly on part with my Vista desktop (with lesser specs, even).
I still want to test startup time and see what I'm looking at, but I expect it to be decent. My Vista system boots up to the login screen in just about 45 sec to 1 min.
So far so good though... only major "complaint" I have is that right click is a bit awkward. But that's mostly just because there is only one button. I have to hold two fingers on the touchpad and then click. Thankfully I don't right click often, so it's not really a big deal.
EDIT: Turns out it only takes about 50 seconds to boot up to the login screen. And really only a few seconds after I enter my password to get to the desktop.
EDIT2: Apparently I don't have any sound... Hmm.