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Re: Why do I hate Windows...

  • Subject: Re: Why do I hate Windows...
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 04 Mar 2006 07:13:59 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Larry Qualig ] on Saturday 04 March 2006 05:09 \__

> Vinella wrote:
>> Let me count the ways.
>> We all know that Windoze is so easy to use...
>> The setup.
>> A plain ordinary AMD64 with XP and SP1 - about a vanilla an XP box as you
>> can get.  It can't see or be seen by the Internet since only a person who
>> just fell off the yam wagon would put a Windows machine on the 'Net.

You are advised to keep your Windows machine unconnected. It gets hijacked
and hammers on Linux Web sites in scale that can be described as a DDOS
attack. I am among the victims, since September 2005.

>> Purchase: One HP Scanjet 4370.  About as plain a scanner as you can find.
>> Don't ask why I am not putting this on a decent Linux box - the answer
>> wouldn't be believed.
>> Insert CD.  Start installing.  Bang!  Error.  "Macromedia has encountered
>> a serious error and cannot continue."   Click on continue and get an offer
>> to send info to someone so that it can be fixed.  No logs, no indication
>> of what is wrong.  Why is HP using Macromedia for a driver install??!!  So
>> that they can advertise with flash during the install?
>> Open the CD manually.  Click on Express Install.  Starts up.  Crunch!
>> Error.  "The installer has incountered a fatal error and cannot continue.
>> Reason: Internet Explorer 5.5 is required for installation."  Great since
>> I have IE6.  This is a new model scanner and IE5 is years old.  What
>> the heck is this?  Maybe I should try to find 5.5 and replace IE6.
>> Besides, why does HP need a browser to install a USB scanner???  Anybody
>> get the impression that HP programmers are paid by the byte?
>> Click on the the button to get what passes for an error log.  Messagebox
>> pops up with some exit codes and stuff and suggests a trip to the HP web
>> site with the info.  But guess what - the box cannot be selected with the
>> mouse or keyboard so you have to MANUALLY copy several hundred characters
>> of codes so that you can tell HP.
>> Calling XP an OS has GOT to be against some kind of truth-in-advertising
>> law - somewhere.
>> Vin

I have an old HP scanner (purchased back in 2001). In Ubuntu 4, I plugged it
in for the first time and voila! Found hardware. Ran XSane, which comes with
the Ubuntu basic installation and began scanning.

In SuSE 9.3 on the other hand, life was not so easy [sarcasm /]. I was forced
to double-click YaST, go to System -> Scanners -> Add news scanner and then
select my scanner from a long list of supported scanners. When I installed
SuSE, I did not include scanning software, so *gasp* Lo and Behold, I had to
insert my SuSE CD's to have XSane installed. I was utterly disappointed. I
was up for a little technical challenge. Same c**p with my Palm handheld on
both Ubuntu on SuSE -- worked without any added software and was even

> And barely one week ago you had another serious computer problem....
> ------------------
> - "I have XP on a high end IceCube - AMD64 1gb ram - which is wasting
> it but I have to run my wife's Quicken 2000.  Otherwise ExPee would be
> out of here.
> Windows has experienced a serious problem and has shut down to protect
> your computer.
> <blue screen verbage snipped out>
> Status 000000 000000 000000 000000 000000 etc"
>> Bill M
> ------------------

Seen it several times this week. The blue shows up in XP for no justifiable
reason whatsoever and a reboot is forced before you have time to thoroughly
read the error message. It is usually network-related.

> I suspect that computers are a tad bit "too hard" for you. Seems that
> you are incapable of anything remotely technical. Perhaps a better
> career move for you might be something like working over at the car
> wash or flipping burgers. Clearly you can't handle simple tasks that
> millions of people have little to no problem with.

With respect, I cannot believe that this comes out of *your* month, Larry.
Been a tough day?

The OP should not be put to such challenges. If he is, then the operating
system is counter-intuitive and is prone to wasting the user's time. If
assistance is required, it costs money too and here we charge GBP 20 per
hour for virus removal.

>> Vin
> So now it's Vin??? Last week it was "Bill M"  Or perhaps you prefer
> "Robert J. Kolker" or "Gabriel Blazquez" instead? There's another loser
> around here who makes similar posts. We call him as flatfish.

I believe it is not the case. The description seems genuine and it resembles
stuff that I continue to see.

Best wishes,


Roy S. Schestowitz, Ph.D. Candidate (Medical Biophysics)
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