Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Oct 2011 23:00 UTC
Windows Ten years ago today, Microsoft launched what would become the world's most popular desktop operating system - for better or worse. Its interface colours were... Interesting (trying hard to avoid bias here, folks, bear with me now). Its early performance was... Not always entirely up to par. Its security track record was... Well, it sucked hard in that department (I tried). We're ten years down the line, and thanks to Vista, way too many people are still using this relic.
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by pepper on Tue 25th Oct 2011 23:22 UTC
pepper
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Running my 1-2 Windows applications in a productive environment got so much more painful in the last years.

Back in the days, I had a relaxed 4GB VM running WinXP and MS Office, resulting in about 1GB free disk space. Today I need a 16GB image for Win7 and Office, and it also consumes about half my RAM. Also, the huge, inefficient GUI elements are extremely annoying (I might have a large screen but kvm/vnc can't cope with the required resolution. Also, I get a creepy feeling when running Windows fullscreen..)

Open source solutions still barely work for the "standardized" new Word format, while PowerPoint of course does not work at all.

How people can pay money for this software is beyond me. Some day my boss will kill me for secretly preparing all slides in latex. Latex-beamer is a pain, but its nothing compared to Powerpoint in a Win7 VM.

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