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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RE[8]: A great OS
by Icaria on Wed 26th Oct 2011 08:21 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: A great OS"
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Of course it is relevant. You are trying to say Windows XP is secure enough.

Which it is - for BeamishBoy and other 'non-brain-dead' users, who were the subjects of both our posts and to which you're replying.

The popular view is even that "computers get slower after a while". This is what (Windows) users experience, even though it should not happen (software performance should not degrade with time).

Except this does happen, even on OSX and linux. Config files and logs get messy and/or bloated, becoming harder to parse, data becomes corrupted, there's the very slow creep of additional services/daemons/'widgets' as users seek additional functionality and to a small degree, data fragmentation on the filesystem continues to be an issue. Then there's software 'upgrades' that slowly invite themselves to more system resources, there's the very real degradation in the performance of PC hardware as it ages and there's users invariably perceiving their PCs as getting slower as they optimise their efficiency with familiar workflows and they get faster.

But I digress - indeed, so do you.

Edited 2011-10-26 08:22 UTC

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