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Windows on the world

Is it just me, or does my Windows box slow down a little every time I install a newly released Microsoft patch? I don’t know. Or maybe it is just death due to registry bloat. Or maybe my PC is getting old and tired.

I’m seriously thinking of ditching SP2, but I believe that this means that I cannot update XP, so I do need to think about this seriously, as I said at the beginning of this sentence.

I probably need more memory, too. Then again, a complete re-install of the OS and all the programs might be a good idea, but it is a pain in the butt.

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Like many people in this old Windows world, I run a Microsoft OS. I’ve tried Linux, which I liked after spending a little time getting used to it. However, I went back to Windows because it was more familiar, and thus quicker to use. This should be the case after having used pretty much every MS OS from Ms-Dos to XP pro over the last, er, well, long time. It’s embarrassing to think just how long I’ve been messing with PCs.

This world needs more operating systems, but these need to be OSs that can run the same applications, so that we can all continue to work together. In an ideal world, I’d like to try out different OS to see which ones run my favorite programs best. I don’t mean that there should be hundreds of OSs, just enough to give us a little more choice. At the moment it’s Windows or Linux, although realistically for the vast majority this means Windows and this does not seem right. Microsoft has a captive market and sales just arrive automatically. However, like many huge operations, it often looks as though dollars come before quality, even though Microsoft would like you to think the opposite. This is why Windows is so full of holes. Some manager has hassled another manager who’s got on the back of some project leader, who’s ‘communicated’ with his or her programmers. It’s the ‘get it done, or get another job syndrome’. So, you get stuff done, but not done well. Result: Zillions of patches filling up users hard drives. Having said this, I remember playing around with BASIC, many moons ago and I was a little taken aback by the number of lines of programming code that you needed to get quite simple tasks done, so Windows is really quite and achievement from a technical point of view. And I can appreciate that mistakes are made or that circumstances are not accounted for. I think Windows is OK, but basically because I don’t know any better.

I also feel a wee bit sorry for Microsoft. I mean everybody, just everybody (including moi) loves Microsoft bashing. Generally this bashing is verbal and not too damaging. What must really get on Microsoft’s wick is the fact that every hacker and cracker in the universe, or so it would seem, is doing his level best to find some way to crash Windows. This is the price of world domination, I guess. Indirectly, of course, these hackers are really the only people that encourage Microsoft to deal with potential problems. Without this undue attention Gates and gang would just leave Windows to bloat out of all proportion and more hard drives would be sold.

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