Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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There's no excusing the grub problem you had, but I don't think your generalisation is fair. Sometimes the easiest path to fixing a windows problem is to reinstall it.

I actually disagree unless the machine is or was virus infested (there is no way to say there is something the AV didn't catch).

A lot of Windows problems can easily be fix by either looking through the event viewer, testing the memory (I use the Windows Memory tester CD ... seems to work fine and not as verbose as memtest), or using tools such as CCleaner and the task manager.

Windows isn't a magic box that happens to work until it stops working.

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