Linked by Kostis Kapelonis on Mon 29th Nov 2004 18:55 UTC
Editorial The IT sector today is a complete mess. The end-users rarely understand this, but most insiders reach a point when they realize that things should be different. The problems are numerous but they all reduce to a basic principle. IT and consumer electronics companies are interested more about money than helping people solve their problems. Of course companies need to make a profit and nobody denies that. They should however make money by helping people and not by creating more problems for them.
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Re: Archangel (IP: ---.adsl.ihug.co.nz)
by drsmithy on Tue 30th Nov 2004 11:19 UTC

The defragging thing - hell yes! Why does Linux defrag automatically but Windows doesn't?

Linux does not "defrag automatically".

And not only is it something the user shouldn't have to worry about, it _is_ significant to performance.

I'd be more than willing to bet a few thousand bucks the typical user couldn't perceive the difference if you defragged their hard disk.

One thing I'd like to see lost is the damn Recycle Bin/Trash thing. With all these flash undeletey things about (System Restore etc) it shouldn't actually be necessary.

Firstly, undelete tools and things like System Restore are for _completely_ different purposes.

Secondly, "undeleting" is notoriously unreliable.

The Recycle Bin and Trash are meant as a temporary location for files that aren't wanted anymore.

And frankly it's a bloody nightmare; you delete some documents because you know your disk will get full. Sooner or later it does anyway, and you discover you've got 500MB in your Recycle Bin - so you have to tell it to delete all these files *again*. Not totally intuitive.

Actually it is intuitive and consistent with the metaphor. Think of the Trash can under your desk - you put stuff in it, but until it gets emptied you can still pull that stuff back out.

As an aside on the software update thing; anyone else think that stinks? You can't make it nice for the users (*especially* not with the disaster Windows makes of it).

You go to www.windowsupdate.com. You hit "Express Install" (IIRC). You wait.

It doesn't get much simpler than that.

Does anyone remember patching their copy of Win 3.11? Neither do I....

Nevertheless, some updates and fixes were released.

Okay, we've got an internet to worry about security threats from now, but that just shows bad planning; what's the point of having an internet to make finding information easier if it's a trial going near your computer?

It's not as long as you take simple, basic precautions.