Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Sep 2008 20:23 UTC
Windows Probably one of the most hated parts of Windows are its anti-piracy measures - product activation and Windows Genuine Advantage. While most people acknowledge Microsoft's right to implement these measures, many have also been bitten by the measures' shortcomings, such as server outages or false positives. Microsoft blogger Ed Bott has been monitoring WGA since its inception, and in 2006 and 2007 he didn't give a passing grade to WGA ("a big fat F"). This year, the situation has improved somewhat, earning Microsoft a passing grade - barely.
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why bother?
by jensa on Mon 8th Sep 2008 04:49 UTC
jensa
Member since:
2006-12-01

Why do you people bother using that MS crap?
Use OS X, linux, BSD or whatever. They are all far more useful, stable, secure and less annoying than MS products!

Have a nice day!
/j

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RE: why bother?
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 8th Sep 2008 06:06 in reply to "why bother?"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

Why do you people bother using that MS crap?
Use OS X, linux, BSD or whatever. They are all far more useful, stable, secure and less annoying than MS products!

Have a nice day!
/j

What can be said? Other than those programs that are designed *specifically* for Windows, that's pretty much spot on in my opinion. And I was a Windows user for about a decade, starting on DOS. Thankfully, I do not absolutely *need* any of that Windows-exclusive third-party crap... and those I do use on occasion, which I am able to use on Linux, crash like a son of a bitch. Adobe Flash, I'm looking at you.

[beginning of flash rant...]
Just yesterday, Firefox was (literally) crashing every couple minutes as I was watching George Carlin clips on YouTube. It has crashed so many times in the hour or so (probably more) of watching, it *had* to be more than 50-60 times. I lost track because I was expecting it (that's pretty bad) and was just trying to enjoy some of his speeches. Often (which later became just about every time), I would watch a video, hit Back, ... freeze (or crash); force quit, wait a second for it to die, re-open, hit Back again to go where I meant to go before the crash, and click a new video. If it weren't for George Carlin's excellent performances and well-made points, I wouldn't have bothered to begin with... as I knew Flash was a buggy POS from experience.

This is why I almost never use YouTube, avoid Flash whenever possible, and hope an alternative that doesn't hog CPU resources, crash the browser every time you hit "Back" and is generally more pleasant and actually *reliable* to use comes out soon. From what I hear, Gnash and swfdec are still quite primitive. Better yet... rid the entire Internet of this resource-hogging crap that is often so horrible designed, it *ruins* web site navigation. Blah.
[/end rant]

Edited 2008-09-08 06:09 UTC

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RE: why bother?
by Panajev on Mon 8th Sep 2008 14:03 in reply to "why bother?"
Panajev Member since:
2008-01-09

Some of us have used Solaris, Linux (several releases over the course of the years, Fedora 9 x86-64 currently installed, configured, and working) too, but prefer Windows (in my case Vista).

All in all it is a smooth, quite polished, and cohesive experience which does not hinder my productivity and does what I want it to do.

OSX is the only OS I would consider switching to.

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