Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Aug 2010 18:29 UTC
Windows In what has surprised me greatly, nobody has submitted anything to us regarding this day in the history of computing. Sure, memories of her may not be fond, and with the magical unicorn power of hindsight you'd rather forget you ever dated her so intensely, but she served a purpose. She led a revolution that changed the world forever, and while you may have hoped for a more charismatic leader, I think it's unfair not to honour the fact that she turned 15 today.
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Comment by drcouzelis
by drcouzelis on Tue 24th Aug 2010 19:56 UTC
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2010-01-11

I was fourteen when Windows 95 came out. I remember being unhappy with the user interface changes, and preferred Windows 3.1. By the time I got used to it, I was unhappy with how unstable it was. I started using Linux in 2000.

Last month I wrote a post on my blog about the harm that Microsoft has done to expectations people have about using computers. I think it pertains to this article. http://archlinux.me/drcouzelis/2010/07/26/thanks-to-microsoft/

I learned most of my beginner programming skills, wrote lots of MIDI music, and was introduced to the Internet mainly on Windows 95. Other than that, I don't think I have any fond memories of it.

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RE: Comment by drcouzelis
by Zifre on Tue 24th Aug 2010 23:23 in reply to "Comment by drcouzelis"
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2009-10-04

Last month I wrote a post on my blog about the harm that Microsoft has done to expectations people have about using computers. I think it pertains to this article. http://archlinux.me/drcouzelis/2010/07/26/thanks-to-microsoft/

I wish every Windows user had to read that blog post. More people than you would think will even trash their computer and buy a new one if they get a virus. The first myth is the most annoying. If I had to guess, I'd say that 90% of Windows users believe that.

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RE[2]: Comment by drcouzelis
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 25th Aug 2010 05:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by drcouzelis"
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2006-12-05

"Last month I wrote a post on my blog about the harm that Microsoft has done to expectations people have about using computers. I think it pertains to this article. http://archlinux.me/drcouzelis/2010/07/26/thanks-to-microsoft/

I wish every Windows user had to read that blog post. More people than you would think will even trash their computer and buy a new one if they get a virus. The first myth is the most annoying. If I had to guess, I'd say that 90% of Windows users believe that.
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Only 90%? That sounds generous. I would actually expect the number of clueless Windows users to be higher than that... 95% at least, and likely higher... most Windows users barely even know how a computer works, let alone the operating system they run.

But yay, happy birthday Windows 95. Congrats for creating a shitload of clueless drones who should not even be able to access a computer at their skill level. But Windows 95 made that possible.

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