Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Apr 2009 10:27 UTC
Windows Microsoft's "You find it, you keep it" campaign, which directly attacks Apple, has seen another instalment. The first one, with Lauren criticising Apple for its pricing policy and lack of choice, was met with mixed reviews, and I'm sure the second one will not be received any differently. Giampaolo disses Apple for a lack of power and being all about aesthetics.
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RE[2]: What idiots
by christianhgross on Sun 5th Apr 2009 11:53 UTC in reply to "RE: What idiots"
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>Not everybody thinks that the BSD core is the ultimate solution when it comes to operating systems. Windows NT core is as good as anything else. In fact it would be stupid to have only unix-like systems in the world.

No its not actually. Here is the thing, and I was with NT from the beginning. The original premise of NT was superb. In fact it was a REAL cutting edge kernel that could hold its own. But then around NT 3.51 they bastardized the kernel when they moved GDI into kernel space. At that point NT became an overbloated operating system.

Microsoft does have the ability to make NT go back to its roots, but they don't want to for fear of what may happen.

So why did they leave their roots? Performance. Though I doubt today with how graphic processors work it would be a problem.

>Drag and drop software installation? ;) Sorry but it's not a solution.

Sorry but that is a solution. I hate Windows installers because users get it wrong all the time. What happens is that you give them a link to download and install.

They uninstall all right, but then they install the same old installer. Yes you can change the name or what have you, but they get it wrong quite often. It sounds stupid, but that is reality. So I will be providing support for an old version of the software and wonder what is going on.

Then on top of that the problem is that the files on a windows system are scattered all over the place. When my clients move from one machine to another they expect all of their settings to magically move with them from the installer.

My solution these days is to use subversion, and fixed location installations. It works like a charm! User's always have working systems, etc... They can mirror their application save it to the version control system and move back to old systems.

BTW I write Excel based trading systems that use my platform called HippoTrader.

I make my money with Excel and Windows, but Vista and the later editions of Windows are crap!

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