Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 22nd Jan 2010 17:06 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Taking a break from reporting on the latest netbook or phone rumours, Engadget posted an article yesterday about several elements in desktop operating systems writer Paul Miller finds outdated. While there's some interesting stuff in there, there's also a lot to discuss.
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Tuishimi
Member since:
2005-07-06

My dad taught me to drive on his old Fiat when I was 14.

On the other hand, my Nissan Titan is an automatic. I once drove a manual pickup truck for plowing, let me tell you that shifting while making plow adjustments is a royal pain in the ass.

Automatics suit trucks. Manuals for everything else.

As far as OS paradigms go... I am flexible. I'll try different things (for example I actually like Moblin's interface - which isn't really a huge change but...) after all I started my career on VT52's and VT100's.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

I should add that driving a truck with a manual in the kind of traffic you get in LA, Boston, NYC and Phoenix is a bear. The bright side is tho', that your left leg becomes very muscular and shapely. LOL!

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leos Member since:
2005-09-21

I should add that driving a truck with a manual in the kind of traffic you get in LA, Boston, NYC and Phoenix is a bear. The bright side is tho', that your left leg becomes very muscular and shapely. LOL!


The trick is to start in 2nd, then go to 4th. Any reasonably powerful diesel should be just fine with that. Shifting through all the short gears on a truck is a pain I agree.

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license_2_blather Member since:
2006-02-05

A manual is great with a smaller engine, which typically has a narrower powerband and benefits from more gears and a sophisticated neural-network shift controller (i.e., the driver). When I had a 2-liter turbo Mitsubishi I loved its stick, and keeping the turbo spooled up would have been less than fun with an auto tranny. I'm guessing Thom's car is not more than 3 liters displacement, as are most cars in Europe.

My 5.3-liter pickup truck engine, however, is fine with its automatic. The powerband is about as wide as the Atlantic, so four gears shifted by a microprocessor is sufficient and convenient.

And as you mentioned, I much prefer the auto in Houston, TX traffic (~4M people last time I checked).

My apologies in going beyond the precise user control metaphor intended in the article, but I just wanted to point out that automation, in transmissions as elsewhere, sometimes has its uses.

P.S. I'm not one of the men here who would say "automatics are for girls". I'm not even sure where that came from. Was there a poll taken one time to capture male readers' opinions on this topic?

Edited 2010-01-23 03:21 UTC

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