I’ve been thinking about that Vista beta program, where Microsoft can’t find anyone who’s willing to spend $2,000 on a high-end PC and then sit around watching it blow up in order to help Microsoft debug their frigged-up new operating system. So here’s my idea. Instead of just giving Vista away free, maybe Microsoft could pay people to use it. Sounds radical, I know. But it seems to be working out pretty well for Novell.