__/ [rf] on Tuesday 30 August 2005 12:41 \__
> rf wrote:
> [installed languages]
>> > That's from about a year and a half ago
> Do you mean to tell me that you have not re-installed your windows system
> for eighteen months?
> Dear girl, you should plan to do it every 3 months or so. I do, I often
> have to.
> 1) Clears out all the stuff one is tempted to download and install on a
> whim, those things that simply clutter up the registry and the disk[s].
> 2) Makes real sure your backups and so on are up to scratch. If you cannot
> re-install everything, and I mean *everything*, up till a half an hour ago
> during a scheduled refresh then you are stuffed when suddenly your hard
> disk dies. This happens to me about once a year or so. Where is the
> backup of that fine web site you maintain?
> I suppose I am a little different to you though. I have seen your
> computer. You have seen my computer room. The other day I installed an
> additional 160 gig disk in one of the spare computers to be used
> exclusively as a backup disk for the other six computers. And yes, I have
> backups way back to the early 1980's. The original source code of programs
> that are now obsolete. However, oddly, some of my customers still use that
> software :-)
>  The first time I lost a disk (many years ago) it caused me about a
> downtime. I work for myself so I cannot cost this but I guess several
> thousands of dollars.
>  Less that AU$1 per gig. Cheap as disposables these days. It's cheaper
> for me to add a new backup disk than it is to spend the time to delete the
> rubbish :-)
Truly... is it not enough to convince that Windows is a Toy O/S? I have run
SuSE for 2 years and it is still as fast as it was in day one... and it has
about 3 GB of software installed.
Speaking of which, Vista will be worse in terms of hardware requirements
... much worse, so brace yourself (or spend more money on a new machine
with new software licences).
"...If this was not enough to turn people off from Vista, there are the
> Bill Gates notices a $50 note in the gutter as he promenades down the
> sidewalk. Does he pick it up?
> No. It would cost him more to stop/stoop/snatch than to continue on the
> the meeting he is due to attend.
Stop. *friendly smile* That's from Brad Templeton (at least a variant of
it). He hates it when people copy that.
"Copyright 1997-9 Brad Templeton. Second photo courtesy Philip Greenspun.
Please don't copy this article, but feel free to link to it on the web."
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