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[10]: A great OS
by Icaria on Wed 26th Oct 2011 10:23 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: A great OS"
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... and which it most definitely isn't, for literally millions of non-expert machine owners who are expected to maintain their own machines.

Not everyone is an IT expert, nor should they be expected to be.
No shit.

The poor performance of Windows has apparently given you some very strange ideas, and low expectations.
I'm primarily a linux user.

On linux, config files stay the same.
Ideally, yes. In reality, no.

Log files can be purged with a cron job.
Says Mr. 'not everyone should be an IT expert'.

Functions do not simply accumulate, unless you deliberately install new functions.
Which is exactly what I suggested people do.

PC hardware performance does not degrade as it ages. A 2 GHz clock is still 2 Ghz 10 years later on. 7500 rpm is still 7500 rpm.
Yes, it does. Performance peaks after a few months of use and then slowly declines. As errors accumulate on that 7500rpm HDD, the read/write times increase. As the circuitry and transistors on your CPU oxidise, actual performance drops, while the reported clock speed remains the same; conductivity and heat dissipation can decline with time, meaning that once stable 2ghz overclock needs to be dropped to 1.8ghz and/or have the voltage ramped up.

Edited 2011-10-26 10:23 UTC

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