Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2007 21:01 UTC
In the News It does not happen every day that news related to computer technology - news we report on every day - makes its way to the headline news programs and newspapers here in my home country, The Netherlands. So when it does, I am usually on the edge of my seat, simply because it offers an interesting glimpse into how 'normal' people perceive our little world. The last few days, however, that casual interest has made way for something else - tooth gnashing irritation.
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trinitrotolueen
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2006-10-03

This only shows how sophisticated the Windows environment is, but also a major source of errors caused by the resulting complexity.

I think you confuse vendor locking with refinement.
Windows Vista is complex. But not necessarily inherently sophisticated.

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psychicist Member since:
2007-01-27

I didn't want to discredit the original poster, since he is a ReactOS developer and I posted a thread there about exactly what I wanted to see in it to make me consider it:

http://www.reactos.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4156

I don't do Windows (haven't for the last 5 years) but if ReactOS can overcome the deficiencies of Windows and crank up the security to the level of UNIX, VMS and MVS I would consider using it at least in a virtual machine. Unfortuately they want to create a complete clone of Windows with all of its stability and security deficiencies.

As for the topic of Windows, either XP or Vista, I think it is totally hopeless. Yesterday I got mailed a documented created in Office 2007 on behalf of a friend that the creator couldn't even print on his own computer running Vista.

There is nothing that can open these new lock-in formats so I kindly replied that he'd better save it either in 97/2000/XP doc format or switch to OpenOffice.org. So much for MS OOXML and its supporters.

Edited 2007-09-11 14:08 UTC

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