Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 25th Oct 2011 23:00 UTC
Windows Ten years ago today, Microsoft launched what would become the world's most popular desktop operating system - for better or worse. Its interface colours were... Interesting (trying hard to avoid bias here, folks, bear with me now). Its early performance was... Not always entirely up to par. Its security track record was... Well, it sucked hard in that department (I tried). We're ten years down the line, and thanks to Vista, way too many people are still using this relic.
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RE[6]: A great OS
by Icaria on Wed 26th Oct 2011 05:08 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: A great OS"
Icaria
Member since:
2010-06-19

I'll say it AGAIN because it obviously didn't sink in
No, I got it; it's just irrelevant. Irrelevant to the person you originally replied to, irrelevant to the point I addressed in my last reply.

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RE[7]: A great OS
by lemur2 on Wed 26th Oct 2011 05:19 in reply to "RE[6]: A great OS"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

"I'll say it AGAIN because it obviously didn't sink in
No, I got it; it's just irrelevant. Irrelevant to the person you originally replied to, irrelevant to the point I addressed in my last reply. "

Of course it is relevant. You are trying to say Windows XP is secure enough. I'm telling you it simply isn't, for the purposes of ordinary non-expert users who are expected to maintain their own systems. The XPerience such users face is abysmal, even when they do correctly follow the well-meaning advice they are given. I see it happen all the time.

The popular view is even that "computers get slower after a while". This is what (Windows) users experience, even though it should not happen (software performance should not degrade with time).

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111016154153AAHD8Rb

PS: It is clear from the above that ordinary non-expert users are not aware that when an anti-malware security extra program they have installed boasts a "98% detection rate", that also means a 2% failure-to-detect rate. A failure-to-detect in turn means that your system has malware even though your anti-malware security software says it doesn't.

Someone else was trying to say Windows was stable, as solid as a rock. I had to deal with a crash and a failure to recover properly less than a minute after I read this. I would have fallen about laughing if it wasn't so annoying to have suffered the crash.

Edited 2011-10-26 05:30 UTC

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RE[8]: A great OS
by Icaria on Wed 26th Oct 2011 08:21 in reply to "RE[7]: A great OS"
Icaria Member since:
2010-06-19

Of course it is relevant. You are trying to say Windows XP is secure enough.


Which it is - for BeamishBoy and other 'non-brain-dead' users, who were the subjects of both our posts and to which you're replying.

The popular view is even that "computers get slower after a while". This is what (Windows) users experience, even though it should not happen (software performance should not degrade with time).


Except this does happen, even on OSX and linux. Config files and logs get messy and/or bloated, becoming harder to parse, data becomes corrupted, there's the very slow creep of additional services/daemons/'widgets' as users seek additional functionality and to a small degree, data fragmentation on the filesystem continues to be an issue. Then there's software 'upgrades' that slowly invite themselves to more system resources, there's the very real degradation in the performance of PC hardware as it ages and there's users invariably perceiving their PCs as getting slower as they optimise their efficiency with familiar workflows and they get faster.

But I digress - indeed, so do you.

Edited 2011-10-26 08:22 UTC

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RE[8]: A great OS
by lucas_maximus on Wed 26th Oct 2011 10:15 in reply to "RE[7]: A great OS"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The popular view is even that "computers get slower after a while". This is what (Windows) users experience, even though it should not happen (software performance should not degrade with time).


And you will say that ripping XP and putting Linux on there will be some MAGIC fix as per usual .... FFS

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