Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 14th Jul 2005 20:57 UTC, submitted by Kelly
OS/2 and eComStation IBM has hammered the final nails into OS/2's coffin. It said that all sales of OS/2 will end on the 23rd of December this year, and support for the pre-emptive multitasking operating system will end on the 31st December 2006.
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by morgoth on Thu 14th Jul 2005 22:59 UTC
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Quote: "Banks don't turn around on a dime because a bad decision could put a lot of their customers at risk."

Tough luck banks. IBM has the rights to abandon the OS2/Warp 4 project any time that they like. It's most probably costing them more money than it's making, so it's a good business decision. Unless there's a support contract there between IBM and the Banks, tough luck. I would *put* money on it that IBM had told these sorts of customers a fair while ago (before making it public) that OS/2 Warp 4 was going to *stop* at a particular given date. That said, then the banks have had ample time to search for alternatives, and it's their own problem. That would reflect on very bad IT management being employed by the banks.

I look at some of the new style ATM terminals and they're exceptionally badly designed. Buttons too far apart making them awkward to use. Buttons have to be really *firmly* depressed to register. Large screens, with details placed in large fonts on the screen (easy for people to see your details). Very little "shielding" of the keypad, again making it easier for others to spy on you entering you pin details etc. Keyboard heights that are just plain uncomfortable. As a male of average height (6') they are uncomfortable to use. They even feel slugglish to use these days, at least the old terminals were *snappy*. Of course I'm talking about the trend of Australian banks and their ATM terminals, I have no experience of non Australian ATMs.


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