Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th Jun 2008 23:19 UTC, submitted by estherschindler
Windows While I can personally attest for the gains Microsoft made when it comes to Windows Vista's performance between its release-to-manufacture November 2006 and now, there is no denying the fact that Vista simply isn't made for running on lower-specced computers. In addition, while Vista brings interesting new features and massive overhauls of many subsystems, a lot of people simply don't like it. Sadly for them, Windows XP is going out-of-sale 30 June. However, there are plenty of loopholes - PC World listed them.
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XP
by SoloDeveloper on Fri 6th Jun 2008 00:31 UTC
SoloDeveloper
Member since:
2008-03-16

I dont like suggesting this method, but it would be silly for me to not admit that it does happen.

Three Steps to XP Bliss.

1 > Visit Torrent / Warez site. Pick your perfect Customized version of XP (Like Black, Mac XP, etc...)

2 > Download said sub-700Mb Iso.

3 > Burn, install, and disable Windows Update.

Profit!!!

There are plenty of people doing this, I personally have seen places that even have gone so far as to even have SP3 integrated in to the ISO.

Not that I am Telling people to do this, I am just saying that there is almost no way for Microsoft to stop people from getting XP.

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RE: XP
by Moredhas on Fri 6th Jun 2008 01:21 UTC in reply to "XP"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

I don't think they want to stop people getting XP either. If they, hypothetically, managed to prevent Windows XP from running, even the pirate installs, with update turned off, people wouldn't shell out for a copy of Vista. They'd have a look at Linux, just to keep their old hardware alive. That, or they'd throw it out, and pay roughly $3000 for a relatively future-proof machine. Unless, of course, Microsoft decides to f--k people over again with DirectX, like they did to the early adopters. When people bought Vista, and a DirectX 10 compatible video card, Microsoft went and rendered them all useless with DirectX 10.1.

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RE[2]: XP
by google_ninja on Fri 6th Jun 2008 02:27 UTC in reply to "RE: XP"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

That, or they'd throw it out, and pay roughly $3000 for a relatively future-proof machine


You have to be kidding me. A 600$ machine will run vista like a dream. 3,000 and you are talking about 9600 GTX cards and RAID 0 Solid State drives

Edited 2008-06-06 02:29 UTC

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RE[3]: XP
by Moredhas on Fri 6th Jun 2008 06:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: XP"
Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

I did say future proof. And I'm talking Australian prices. What I meant was, a machine that will be good for the next four years or so.

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RE[3]: XP
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 6th Jun 2008 06:21 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: XP"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

You have to be kidding me. A 600$ machine will run vista like a dream. 3,000 and you are talking about 9600 GTX cards and RAID 0 Solid State drives


My machine, from 2001, had a 60USD mem upgrade and now runs Vista, with full Aero, just fine. A friend of mine is sending me a spare processor for free he had lying around (so I'm going from an Athlon XP 1600+ to a 2800+) and my machine will chug along just fine.

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RE[4]: XP
by tomcat on Fri 6th Jun 2008 06:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: XP"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

"You have to be kidding me. A 600$ machine will run vista like a dream. 3,000 and you are talking about 9600 GTX cards and RAID 0 Solid State drives
My machine, from 2001, had a 60USD mem upgrade and now runs Vista, with full Aero, just fine. A friend of mine is sending me a spare processor for free he had lying around (so I'm going from an Athlon XP 1600+ to a 2800+) and my machine will chug along just fine. "

Vista runs just fine on most hardware sold within the past couple years, despite what the zealots say. You need at least 2GB of memory and a reasonable video card, of course, but the cost of those items is negligible. From what some people say, you'd think they had to give a kidney to get Vista running.

Edited 2008-06-06 06:44 UTC

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RE[5]: XP
by Moulinneuf on Fri 6th Jun 2008 14:45 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: XP"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

Everything is negligible when your a clueless moron ...

New Graphic card and ram are not given away for free.

It's also pissing people of to have to add 200$ more for a 1500$ computer they just bought that as a Windows Vista ready sticker on it.

If I was a zealot you would be dead by now. Because that's what zealot do and are , they kill people they disagree with. You have NEVER met a zealot in your life.

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RE[6]: XP
by tomcat on Fri 6th Jun 2008 22:02 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: XP"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Everything is negligible when your a clueless moron ...


Don't be so hard on yourself.

New Graphic card and ram are not given away for free.


What?!? OEMs were giving away new graphic cards and RAM for free with XP? I had no idea. /sarcasm

It's also pissing people of to have to add 200$ more for a 1500$ computer they just bought that as a Windows Vista ready sticker on it.


That's complete BS. The sweetspot for new Vista desktop machines is actually somewhere in the $600-800 ballpark, so you're full of crap.

If I was a zealot you would be dead by now. Because that's what zealot do and are , they kill people they disagree with.


A broader definition of zealot is "a fanatical partisan".

You have NEVER met a zealot in your life.


Oh, I most certainly have. Shake your own hand.

Edited 2008-06-06 22:04 UTC

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RE[7]: XP
by Moulinneuf on Fri 6th Jun 2008 23:38 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: XP"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

Don't be so hard on yourself.


I consider myself ignorant not a moron.

What?!? OEMs were giving away new graphic cards and RAM for free with XP? I had no idea. /sarcasm


Yes , by giving XP the vista computer magically work properly , /lucid , logical and down right to the point

That's complete BS. The sweetspot for new Vista desktop machines is actually somewhere in the $600-800 ballpark, so you're full of crap.


And they usually come with 1 Gig of ram and IGP and on-board graphic ... But then agAin bs and crap is YOUR special talent and trademark.

A broader definition of zealot is "a fanatical partisan".


Nope , that's what your trying to push , but there is a deathly difference between the two.

Oh, I most certainly have. Shake your own hand.


See , you haven't , if I where you would be dead. I also don't shake the hand tru my monitor sorry ...

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RE[4]: XP
by Moulinneuf on Fri 6th Jun 2008 14:36 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: XP"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

"My machine, from 2001"


No offense Thom , as you are really easily offended but your comparing apple to oranges and reading you current post is the clue.

* Who's OEM vendor in 2001 where selling computer with easily swappable CPU ? Most of them where soldiering the CPU in those days and changing the CPU would void the warranty.

* What kind/brand of Motherboard are we talking about here one with expansion slot and upgradability ? That's not really a 2001 OEM motherboard I know.

* What vista are you running and talking about ?

* What onboard graphic card from 2001 run Vista perfectly ?

my machine will chug along just fine.


Why all the upgrade then ?

When real people change there 2001 computer to a 2008 low end one they expect it to be faster , have better software , don't crash and be secure and compatible with there older peripheric.

That's not the case for most people and most low end offer currently on the market in a XP VS vista home comparison.

BTW : Aerio problem are usually at the GPU end not the cpu or ram.

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RE[5]: XP
by WereCatf on Fri 6th Jun 2008 14:43 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: XP"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

* Who's OEM vendor in 2001 where selling computer with easily swappable CPU ? Most of them where soldiering the CPU in those days and changing the CPU would void the warranty.

Never EVER seen a single OEM PC with soldered-on CPU! I have never even heard of such things before you claimed that! Besides, Thom never said if his PC is OEM or not..

* What kind/brand of Motherboard are we talking about here one with expansion slot and upgradability ? That's not really a 2001 OEM motherboard I know.

What are you babbling about?

* What onboard graphic card from 2001 run Vista perfectly ?

Didn't see him claiming such either.

So, what are you trying to do? Troll about Vista?

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RE[5]: XP
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 6th Jun 2008 14:55 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: XP"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Who's OEM vendor in 2001 where selling computer with easily swappable CPU ? Most of them where soldiering the CPU in those days and changing the CPU would void the warranty.


Local OEM here in The Netherlands, now called MyCom (used to be another name). Oh, and I've been dealing with computers for a long time, and I have NEVER seen a soldered-on processor in a normal home desktop machine. This one has a removable Athlon XP 1600+ at 1400Mhz, and a friend of mine from #haiku is sending me a 2800+ one he had lying around. It doesn't need it though, Vista runs fine with the 1600+. But hey, I don't turn down free upgrades.

What kind/brand of Motherboard are we talking about here one with expansion slot and upgradability ? That's not really a 2001 OEM motherboard I know.


Perhaps you don't know everything. It's an Epox EP-8KHA. Here's a review:

http://active-hardware.com/english/reviews/mainboard/ep-8kha.htm

What vista are you running and talking about ?


Windows Vista Ultimate, SP1.

What onboard graphic card from 2001 run Vista perfectly ?


Who said anything about onboard? I upgraded a long time ago to a cheap 60USD GeForce 6300 128MB AGP card.

Why all the upgrade then


"All the upgrade"? An extra stick of RAM and a cheap video card?

Look, I have no reason to lie about these things. I have a machine that's so old it met Jesus, and it still runs Vista with a minor upgrade. You can blabber on about people buying low-end machines today, but I don't care, nor did I ever mention anything to that effect. All I stated was that my stone age machine runs Vista JUST FINE. You are free to come by here in The Netherlands and see for yourself - assuming your satnav can find East-Bumblefcuk.

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RE[6]: XP
by Moulinneuf on Fri 6th Jun 2008 19:10 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: XP"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

@Thom and @BluenoseJake

The point being made is your older computer made with better but older component as a better Windows Vista score then the Low end Vista computer sold in stores.

They (not yours ) come with bottom barrel Motherboard that barely do the job , that have no or almost no expansion slot and come with on-board GPU that barely do 2d properly.

Also Windows Vista **home** is a POS , that's what most people complain about.

But it as the Windows Vista ready sticker on them ...

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RE[7]: XP
by rockwell on Fri 6th Jun 2008 20:48 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: XP"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

Sorry, didn't understand your post because of your previous idiotic statements.

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RE[5]: XP
by BluenoseJake on Fri 6th Jun 2008 17:06 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: XP"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

"Who's OEM vendor in 2001 where selling computer with easily swappable CPU ? Most of them where soldiering the CPU in those days and changing the CPU would void the warranty."

Uh, Most of them, it's only the most crappy, cheapest computers or MBs that come with soldered on CPUs, even in those days. None of the Dells, HPs or Gateways that I worked on in those days had soldered on CPUs.

"* What onboard graphic card from 2001 run Vista perfectly ? "

Uh, none of them, but who said anything about onboard graphics? I run Vista on almost identical hardware to what Thom is going to be running (Athlon 2800+/X1650Pro/1.5G ram) and it runs Vista perfectly.

I run Vista on the same specs Thom does, and it works great.

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RE[5]: XP
by rockwell on Fri 6th Jun 2008 20:45 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: XP"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

//* Who's OEM vendor in 2001 where selling computer with easily swappable CPU ? Most of them where soldiering the CPU in those days and changing the CPU would void the warranty.//

Stopped reading right there. You're unbelievably stupid.

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There is no dream machine worth 600$
by Moulinneuf on Fri 6th Jun 2008 14:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: XP"
Moulinneuf Member since:
2005-07-06

A 600$ machine will run vista like a dream.


That's a dream machine :

http://reviews.cnet.com/desktops/hp-blackbird-002/4505-3118_7-32592...

Find me a 600$ that as the same score , then I will agree with your nonsense.

Also anyone who is not you and knowledgeable and actually realistic know that a 600$ offer from OEM vendor is like having a 200-300$ system , because the OEM have to include there profit , some support fee , warranty , legal copy of the included OS and software , that are as much as the hardware cost this days and also the peripherals ( monitor , keyboard , mouse and speakers. )

3,000 and you are talking about 9600 GTX cards and RAID 0 Solid State drives


That's Dell current Graphic card choice in Australia :

- ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 X2 1024MB GDDR3
- ATI Radeon™ HD 3870 512MB GDDR4
- 768MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 Ultra
- 768MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8800 GTX
- 512MB nVidia GeForce 8800 GT
- 256MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8600 GTS TurboCache™
- 256MB ATI Radeon™ HD 2600 XT HyperMemory™
- 128MB ATI Radeon™ HD 2400 Pro HyperMemory

Notice the lack of option to pick the 9600 GTX cards ...

Also is point was really that the low end machine sold by the majority of computer vendor always have one problem or another and that you need a 3000$ AUD ( Aka 1500$ CAD/USD ) to have a really full proof Vista computer. He is right too.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

I refuse to listen to anything you say until you stop violating OSNews Terms of Use

then I will agree with your nonsense.


I. No gratuitous use of profanity, biting sarcasm, or personal disparagement, especially directed at individuals.
II. No personal attacks on story authors, other readers, or news editors of this web site.
III. Even if you are in violent disagreement or have strong feelings, find a way to keep your comments calm, and try to explain your reasoning, instead of just ranting.

Although you are getting better, you used to not be able to post without violating five or more.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

"Also is point was really that the low end machine sold by the majority of computer vendor always have one problem or another and that you need a 3000$ AUD ( Aka 1500$ CAD/USD ) to have a really full proof Vista computer. He is right too."

No. You don't. Any 600 dollar computer with a DirectX 9 VC with 128M of ram will do, and I have done it. Stop exaggerating.

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unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

1. CPUs haven't been soldered onto motherboards for over 20 years.

2. AUD3000 is ~USD2700 and rapidly rising. The AUD will probably be worth more than the USD by Xmas.

3. I have a dual 9333MHz P3 from 2001 with 2Gb of ram (4x512MB).

4. You can easily build a sub $600 machine with top quality components.

5. Most of the market is for low end machines with integrated graphics. Probably no more than 1% of the market is for 'dream machines'. Virtually all current PCs are adequate for the next 5 years or so. However it is much cheaper to upgrade a new mid-range PC every year than a buy high-end machine every three years. This year's $3000 PC will be easily outclassed by next year's $1500 machine.

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RE[3]: XP
by Quag7 on Fri 6th Jun 2008 15:43 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: XP"
Quag7 Member since:
2005-07-28

Re: torrenting Windows

I really would like to see:

(1) A stat for the number of people running Windows they haven't paid for, and

(2) The number of people who really have a problem with this vs. people who pretend they do or make disclaimers about it to stay out of trouble.

Edited 2008-06-06 15:47 UTC

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RE: XP
by tomcat on Fri 6th Jun 2008 06:44 UTC in reply to "XP"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Burn, install, and disable Windows Update. Profit!!! There are plenty of people doing this, I personally have seen places that even have gone so far as to even have SP3 integrated in to the ISO. Not that I am Telling people to do this, I am just saying that there is almost no way for Microsoft to stop people from getting XP.


Yeah, except ordinary people don't install operating systems. They get an OS installed when they buy a new PC from Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc. So, unless the vast numbers of consumers suddenly become geeks, it just ain't gonna happen...

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RE[2]: XP
by SoloDeveloper on Sat 7th Jun 2008 05:16 UTC in reply to "RE: XP"
SoloDeveloper Member since:
2008-03-16

"Burn, install, and disable Windows Update. Profit!!! There are plenty of people doing this, I personally have seen places that even have gone so far as to even have SP3 integrated in to the ISO. Not that I am Telling people to do this, I am just saying that there is almost no way for Microsoft to stop people from getting XP.


Yeah, except ordinary people don't install operating systems. They get an OS installed when they buy a new PC from Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc. So, unless the vast numbers of consumers suddenly become geeks, it just ain't gonna happen...
"

well, it happens, in the end. A PC user that does not end up learning atleast something is not worthy of owning a PC to begin with, even if it is just to write emails about how Fluffy the Cat and Kosmos the Dog are doing.

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RE[3]: XP
by tomcat on Sat 7th Jun 2008 08:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: XP"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

well, it happens, in the end.


Um, no. It doesn't. Microsoft reported that less than 1% of its sales can be attributed to upgrades; which means that the overwhelming majority of users are dependent on OEMs to install their OS.

A PC user that does not end up learning atleast something is not worthy of owning a PC to begin with, even if it is just to write emails about how Fluffy the Cat and Kosmos the Dog are doing.


First, no one falls in that category, since it's impossible to use a computer at all without learning at least something. Second, people don't care about your regard for their "worthiness" to own a PC, and I don't blame them. Third, using a computer to browse the web and do email is completely different than installing an OS, which requires some degree of technical skill.

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RE: XP
by Quag7 on Fri 6th Jun 2008 15:42 UTC in reply to "XP"
Quag7 Member since:
2005-07-28

For some reason this comment showed up in the wrong thread. So I am deleting it.

Edited 2008-06-06 15:44 UTC

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Move
by SoloDeveloper on Fri 6th Jun 2008 01:34 UTC
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2008-03-16

I really dont see why people move to Vista. I mean, if your PC comes with it, then fine, re-format and put XP on it. I have been called more times to fix Vista problems than XP problems, and I mean that for the whole time that XP has been out VS Vista's time out.

It is almost as if MS has decided to say "F**K You, we are doing this OUR Way, and Your going to like it."

Moral of the story? Grab XP, forget Vista.

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RE: Move
by stabbyjones on Fri 6th Jun 2008 04:57 UTC in reply to "Move"
stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

i think it was more like:
"we do what the MPAA wants even though we should ideally have control over how our own products work."

you could always just activate now and make a ghost image for it. whether they shut it off or not you've always got an activated image to use.

activation cracks work effortlessly on both and if you get a corp image (for xp) there isn't activation at all.

if you don't look out though in a few years you'll end up working on an xp "haiku". ;)

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RE[2]: Move
by Morgan on Fri 6th Jun 2008 05:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Move"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

if you don't look out though in a few years you'll end up working on an xp "haiku". ;)


Are you perhaps referring to ReactOS ( http://www.reactos.org )? It's been slow going, just like Haiku, but perhaps in a couple of years it will become much more relevant and thus a real option for those who just can't give up XP.

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Too far
by CapEnt on Fri 6th Jun 2008 02:25 UTC
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2005-12-18

2014 is quite far away. For the bulk of users, just security updates is more than enough, new functionality could be installed from other vendors.

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XP
by OSGuy on Fri 6th Jun 2008 02:32 UTC
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2006-01-01

Useless article. I was hoping they would tell us about some type of work around to disable XP activation...You see, I purchased XP legitimately and I am very happy with it. I have no doubt Microsoft can stuff us all up remotely by permanently labeling our PCs' XP versions "inoperable" and make them stop working by crap such as "you have exceeding the maximum number of activations for this PC" or even may be "license expired". You know, if they do that, they will stuff them selves up because people will start to hate them and out of that, they'll go with a non MS OS. If they do this, legitimate users will pay the price yet again! I never re-install Windows. I have an image file and whenever I require a format, I just load the file onto the disk. This saves me from activating again and again otherwise you will get the "you have exceeding the maximum number of activations for this PC" message very quickly.

The bad thing is, even if you buy a new XP copy now, you might get into trouble. MS can simply shutdown the activation servers and how will you then actiavte your brand new copy of XP? Can they really do that? Will they? I don't know.

I have always respected MS in the past, I think they make great products but things change when they make these moves. Anyway, although Vista sucks, their UI is very polished, there is no denial about that.

Edited 2008-06-06 02:46 UTC

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RE: XP
by RIchard James13 on Fri 6th Jun 2008 03:05 UTC in reply to "XP"
RIchard James13 Member since:
2007-10-26

Yes I have a great problem with this. I want to buy a new computer sometime before Christmas. I have several games that only run on XP. They are copy protected and thus will neither work under WINE or Vista. So I want to get XP for this machine. However if I cannot activate XP on the machine I will be stuffed. This will lead me to the dilemma of not playing the products I paid good money for or doing something illegal in order to get them to work.

As far as I can see I will need to either crack the games, or break XP's activation scheme.

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RE[2]: XP
by umccullough on Fri 6th Jun 2008 03:09 UTC in reply to "RE: XP"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

As far as I can see I will need to either crack the games, or break XP's activation scheme.


Or maybe contact the game company. Seriously, if you support a company that provides such shitty "copy protection", then you should expect them to support you when it fails.

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XP is not going out of sale
by Googol on Fri 6th Jun 2008 06:15 UTC
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2006-11-24

MS announced that it will be available for small desktops as well a few days ago.

And so I would like to repeat myself here:

XP seems to be all they can hold to these days ;)

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Look Alive People!!
by jensa on Fri 6th Jun 2008 07:37 UTC
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Member since:
2006-12-01

Why on earth are you talking windows this, windows that when there are much better alternatives out there??

Why would anyone in 2008 bother with the hanging blue-screen of useless crap is beyond me!! At the place I work people are having major problems with Vista, the docking stations wont work, they hang, they can't handle our firewall etc etc.. More and more of them are switching to SuSE linux.

Look Alive People !!

Get a OS X, get a *BSD or get a linux machine. Don't pay for crap!
And if your problem is office than yes yes OpenOffice has been able to read and write to binary proprietary MS formats for years.

The grass IS greener on this side!!

regards/jns

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RE: Look Alive People!!
by unoengborg on Fri 6th Jun 2008 10:15 UTC in reply to "Look Alive People!!"
unoengborg Member since:
2005-07-06

Why on earth are you talking windows this, windows that when there are much better alternatives out there??


Perhaps so, but how much does it cost to switch to these better alternatives. Sure, Linux, OpenSolaris and various BSD versions are free, but the process of switchin certainly is not. There are costs for document conversion, testing, training users and support organisation. There may be good free replacement for many third party commersial windows apps, but chances are that you find one or two apps that is hard to replace. For one thing, what will you do with all software you developed in house.


Why would anyone in 2008 bother with the hanging blue-screen of useless crap is beyond me!!


In 2008 blue screens are very rare in XP, I would say that X11 hangs more often in Linux than you get a blue screen of deth in win2k, or XP. Now a hanging X server isn't as serious a blue screen of deth as you still can ssh into your box and do some fixes. However, to the average user a hanging X11 is just as bad as a windows blue screen of death as it most likely kills his current desktop work.

In XP or Linux the reason for bluescreen of death or failing X servers usually are faulty drivers, so the way to avoid these problems regardless of OS would be to make sure that your hardware really are fully supported.





Get a OS X, get a *BSD or get a linux machine. Don't pay for crap!



I'm not so sure switching to OSX is such a good way out for a windows shop. First of all they will have to switch to Macs all over, If they are prepared to do that they could just as well switch to Vista compatible hardware where Vista runs well.

Second, Apple is not good at supporting their software and hardware over a longer period of time, and it is not uncommon for Apple to just abandon the users that don't upgrade to the latest and greatest. (E.g A/UX->Apple-AIX with no reasonable upgrade path followed by Apple-AIX just discontinued with no upgrade path at all, or look how Apple handles Java).

Sad to say it, but to many companies the cheapest alternative is to stay locked in. What's cheap or expensive usually is determined on how it looks in the quarterly financial reports.

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RE[2]: Look Alive People!!
by jensa on Fri 6th Jun 2008 19:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Look Alive People!!"
jensa Member since:
2006-12-01

1) There is no document conversion, OpenOffice already handles all major formats including MS word. At work Im on a SuSE linux machine, some of my colleagues run OS X and some WinNT and we all edit the same docs. no problemo in that area.

2) You are only locked in to software and hardware for so long. If something better turns up in those ares you should be able to switch and take your docs and what-not with you to that platform. Already today people expect to access content and files from all kinds of platforms.

I just don't understand why people and corporations in 2008 still choose the most expansive and crappy products. I mean, there's no useful CLI! IE hang every second time i try to use it! How come I need a expansive powerhorse just to boot the OS? How come I need some special workaround to get VPN working? etc etc. How come there are 9 options in some menu behind the 'Start' button for just putting my laptop to sleep when all I need to do on my MacBook is close the lid..??

I'll stop here for now ;)

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RE[3]: Look Alive People!!
by rockwell on Fri 6th Jun 2008 20:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Look Alive People!!"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

1) There is no document conversion, OpenOffice already handles all major formats including MS word. At work Im on a SuSE linux machine, some of my colleagues run OS X and some WinNT and we all edit the same docs. no problemo in that area.


You've obviously never had to open even a moderately complicated Excel worksheet with embedded pivot tables.

I mean, there's no useful CLI!

98.9% of computer users would have no need for a CLI.

IE hang every second time i try to use it!


Funny, that doesn't happen on my box. You have sh*t hardware?

How come I need a expansive powerhorse just to boot the OS?


Three-year-old P4 system here, with a 128 MB vid card. Runs Vista Ultimate just fine. Again, sh*t hardware?

How come I need some special workaround to get VPN working?


Took me all of two minutes to get my VPN setup on Vista. PBCM on your end.

How come there are 9 options in some menu behind the 'Start' button for just putting my laptop to sleep when all I need to do on my MacBook is close the lid..??


Start (in lower left corner, since you apprently can't find it) -->Control Panel-->Power Options. That was hard.

I'll stop here for now ;)


Good. Shut the hell up already.

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RE[3]: Look Alive People!!
by tomcat on Fri 6th Jun 2008 22:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Look Alive People!!"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

I just don't understand why people and corporations in 2008 still choose the most expansive and crappy products.


I'll explain it to you. Despite what you think, the alternative products all have their own problems (eg. compatibility, missing functionality, hidden costs, quality issues, etc) that either aren't obvious or important to you. Quite frankly, anybody who argues that OpenOffice is "better" than MS Office is so full of crap that it boggles the imagination. It's not a bad suite, I'll grant you, but there's a reason why corporates are willing to pay for MS Office compared to using a free suite, and it isn't simply because they like to set money on fire. Most corporations have pilot programs of one kind or another where they try out alternative office suites, operating systems, etc -- heck, they routinely use such programs to negotiate more favorable licensing terms with Microsoft -- and I trust them to know their own interests better than you; so, you really need to look at the big picture before you make such simplistic conclusions based on anecdotal experiences which don't apply to most corporations.

Edited 2008-06-06 22:17 UTC

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RE[4]: Look Alive People!!
by jensa on Sat 7th Jun 2008 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Look Alive People!!"
jensa Member since:
2006-12-01

I lift my hat off and say thank you to you whom have responded to why you stick with MS.

For me (and for more more of my colleagues) OS X and linux are better bets.

Take care!
regards/jns ;)

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RE: Look Alive People!!
by deb2006 on Fri 6th Jun 2008 11:24 UTC in reply to "Look Alive People!!"
deb2006 Member since:
2006-06-26

Why on earth are you talking windows this, windows that when there are much better alternatives out there?? Why would anyone in 2008 bother with the hanging blue-screen of useless crap is beyond me!! At the place I work people are having major problems with Vista, the docking stations wont work, they hang, they can't handle our firewall etc etc.. More and more of them are switching to SuSE linux. Look Alive People !! Get a OS X, get a *BSD or get a linux machine. Don't pay for crap! And if your problem is office than yes yes OpenOffice has been able to read and write to binary proprietary MS formats for years. The grass IS greener on this side!! regards/jns


Well, OSX is certainly NOT a way for many people. That way one would have to rely on software _and_ hardware from one seller. Bad. Very, very bad.

PS: What I don't undestand is why people don't run Linux or BSD. I have been running * Linux for ages, and I have always been able to do with it what I wanted. Granted, I don't play games. But even that is not a major problem nowadays.

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RE: Look Alive People!!
by elektrik on Fri 6th Jun 2008 12:48 UTC in reply to "Look Alive People!!"
elektrik Member since:
2006-04-18

Why on earth are you talking windows this, windows that when there are much better alternatives out there??


Erm...because the article is talking about acquiring XP?

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RE: Look Alive People!!
by rockwell on Fri 6th Jun 2008 14:08 UTC in reply to "Look Alive People!!"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

//Why would anyone in 2008 bother with the hanging blue-screen of useless crap is beyond me!! At the place I work people are having major problems with Vista,//

I dual-boot Vista and Fedora 9. Use both about equally depending on the task.

I've had zero .. ZERO ... problems with Vista, this on a three-year-old P4 system.

Perhaps you, and the people you work with are dum-dums .. or the hardware you use is shite?

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RE[2]: Look Alive People!!
by Quag7 on Fri 6th Jun 2008 15:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Look Alive People!!"
Quag7 Member since:
2005-07-28

I have Vista running on two brand new systems here at home, on which it came preinstalled. It runs like crap on both.

Edited 2008-06-06 15:49 UTC

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RE[3]: Look Alive People!!
by rockwell on Fri 6th Jun 2008 21:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Look Alive People!!"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

... which proves nothing, since just because your hardware is new doesn't mean it's not crappy.

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RE: Look Alive People!!
by BluenoseJake on Fri 6th Jun 2008 17:13 UTC in reply to "Look Alive People!!"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

That grass may be greener, that explains your post. It must smoke real good...

Linux is not for everybody, OS X is not for everybody, please this is a topic about WINDOWS not Linux or any thing else. Go drag your soapbox somewhere else.

People should be able to make their choice of OS themselves, defined by their own requirements and opinions, without having to listen to rants from people like you.

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RE: Look Alive People!!
by SoloDeveloper on Sat 7th Jun 2008 05:18 UTC in reply to "Look Alive People!!"
SoloDeveloper Member since:
2008-03-16

Why on earth are you talking windows this, windows that when there are much better alternatives out there??

Why would anyone in 2008 bother with the hanging blue-screen of useless crap is beyond me!! At the place I work people are having major problems with Vista, the docking stations wont work, they hang, they can't handle our firewall etc etc.. More and more of them are switching to SuSE linux.

Look Alive People !!

Get a OS X, get a *BSD or get a linux machine. Don't pay for crap!
And if your problem is office than yes yes OpenOffice has been able to read and write to binary proprietary MS formats for years.

The grass IS greener on this side!!

regards/jns



preaching to the choir on this one...


I love the *Nix variants. i even have a laptop that is so old (P1, 32 Mb Ram) i can only install FreeDOS on it, and i am happy with that!

kinda.

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OSX ?
by Aeko on Fri 6th Jun 2008 07:56 UTC
Aeko
Member since:
2007-10-20

Osx ?

Please, we are trying to keep our prefered SO, fighting against the most important soft company and its marketing decisions and you are telling about OSX ?

Here there's a difference, I think. For OSX people every thing is right. You might be rich and conformist. Every time Apple say to throw away your computers you agree and also feel happy. Incredible.

And I want to tell you other thing. XP defenders are happy with their programs, not the operating system, so, again, the war is in other place, no what's better, if OSX or Windows.

Apple funs, you will never learn. Only have mind to get into windows news and say come on, come to OSX/OS9/OS8 ..

It's like being in an ex-alcoholic meeting where people cry about its dependence on whisky and some gay come to say them "don't drink whisky, wine is better".

Kind Regards

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RE: OSX ?
by Quag7 on Fri 6th Jun 2008 15:51 UTC in reply to "OSX ?"
Quag7 Member since:
2005-07-28

Well at least you don't generalize or stereotype. And I appreciate that.

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Who cares about this deadline?
by Chezz on Fri 6th Jun 2008 08:58 UTC
Chezz
Member since:
2005-07-11

I am already running XP on multiple PCs. I have my CDs the support (EOL) will be still carried on until 2010 i think. I am not gonna purchase XP or a new PC with XP.

If I need XP I will install it. This deadline has no meaning what so ever.

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I think the bigger question is...
by tuaris on Fri 6th Jun 2008 17:40 UTC
tuaris
Member since:
2007-08-05

Can I still "activate" Windows XP?

(not that I need to, but many others do)

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Vista SP1 vs XP SP3 Gaming Numbers
by tomcat on Fri 6th Jun 2008 22:53 UTC
tomcat
Member since:
2006-01-06

Found an interesting blog. Turns out that, despite what the lame tech press is saying, Vista is indeed faster than XP in graphics performance. Follow the white rabbit...

http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=458&page=1

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