__/ [ Roy Schestowitz ] on Friday 21 April 2006 05:22 \__
> Every once in a while, especially while on vacation in foreign houses, I
> receive a reminder as to why Windows is an _utterly terrible_ environment
> for work. Among the many perils that I had: O/S comes incomplete and
> remains incomplete in most households, e.g. no graphical toolkit other than
> paint.exe, no Web browser with something as fundamental as the notion of
> the tab. Then come deficiencies such as:
> -Only a single (virtual) desktop
> -No clipboard stack. Copy something and say farewell to whatever else you
> help. Forget about being about to copy 3 things and then spew them out.
> -Speed is terrible. It makes you re-evaluate the need for so-called
> bleeding-edge hardware, which Linux rarely needs.
> -Crashes. The modern Windows XP computer crashed on me for no reason. It
> took no less than 5 minutes to restore and attain the same position. By
> that point, the trail of thought was cut. Where is productivity? Where has
> user confidence gone?
> Anyone who chooses to use Windows for day-to-day use has my commiserations.
> It is sad to think that many people out there are handling businesses in
> such a poor environment. I have not even touched the issue of security,
> among others. This is just q quick mental note that I had to unburden
> myself of.
Some time ago, in the context of this particular thread, I mentioned one of
my cousins losing Windows, which according to him, "crashed in a major way".
I have just received an E-mail from my other cousin (the second among the two
households where I stayed):
,----[ Quote ]
| my computer died...something about an imminent failure ...i'm goingto
| loose all my files...any suggestions?
That's the very modern HP laptop which I was using over there. It runs
Windows XP. So both households had to cope with a major crash/wipe in a
matter of just weeks and less than a fortnight apart. How's that as a Wakeup
Call? I have not lost any files, not have I re-installed the O/S on my
current machine since it had been set up in 2003.
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