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  • There is no end-of-life XP problem

    , figuerres wrote

    it's time for users to at least move to windows 7.

    sure there are many points that we can debate but at the end of the day it's still time for them to move on.

    It's a lot more complicated than that.  Contrary to what some people try to claim, businesses aren't sticking with XP because they are lazy or stupid.  Many people really don't understand the business aspect of this.  It's not the same as a person upgrading one or two computers in their home.

    Businesses have a very legitimate problem -- changing thousands (or tens of thousands) of computers to a new operating system is very expensive -- not just the cost of the OS itself but you have to pay people to do all the upgrading and deal with all the problems that come up.  And after you spend all that money, what do you have?  You have thousands of computers that look slightly different but work exactly the same as they did before.  So what benefit did your company gain from spending all that money?  This is a legitimate business concern.

    Then there is the problem of software, and this is something that affects many companies both large and small.  Hospitals, doctors, dentists and many other businesses run specialized software that is very expensive and, unfortunately, in many cases, very poorly written, meaning that it runs on Windows XP but often won't work on never versions of Windows.  And so, in addition to all the expense involved in changing the OS, there is the additional expense of buying new versions of other software.  And once again, once you've spend all that time, effort and money, what do you have?  Computers that function exactly the same as they did before.

    What you really have here is an inherent conflict between the software companies and the companies use use the software.  Software has matured to the point that 12 year old Windows XP,  10 year old Office 2003 and 8 year old Photoshop CS2 are still perfectly fine and able to do everything that most people need.  But the software companies need to keep selling software, so they keep making changes to create "new" versions.

    But businesses don't want "new".  They want stability.  They don't want to be constantly changing things because that disrupts their business and costs them a lot of money, with little or no benefit.  And the same is true of consumers.  People drive 20 year old automobiles, sit on 20 year old furniture and live in 100 year old houses.  They see no reason to spend a lot of money changing their computer when what they have works and does what they need.

  • VC11, Firefox Metro, Win8 SDK, and XP

    , PopeDai wrote



    Official retail release of Vista was January 30, 2007

  • Where is my 128 GHz chip ?

    I also like this comment by a reader in that article :

    "If 10 GHz is the best that Intel can do by 2011, AMD or somebody else is going to eat their lunch. Intel better pick up the pace if they want to remain dominant. Besides, I want it NOW.  What will I do with it.  Well, I also want the applications now.  I guess I've been spoiled by the industry and expect incredible improvements every year. - by Allen"

    Well, at least one person had the right idea:


    Why predict so far... (3:00pm EST Wed Jul 26 2000)
    Why predict so far in the future... They never predict things like this right... This is totally bogus - by Anon

  • The most unreliable class of computer hardware...

    [quote], figuerres wrote


    my top bets are:

    made really cheap.

    on 24x7

    almost no UPS protection used

    Those certainly are true, the but the root problem is little or no QA on cheap products.  That means it's all luck.  Maybe you get a good one, maybe you don't.  Linksys has a fairly poor reputation but my 5 year old Linksys router still works perfectly.

  • Can someone PLEASE tell me why Windows file operations are still messed up?

    , blowdart wrote


    Follow the links down. The whole "Vista file copies are slow due to DRM" stuff came from his original article, which he wrote without ever having installed it.

    I followed the links and read (most of) Gutman's lengthy rant about how terrible Vista is and how it preventing people from playing their "premium content".  I found it quite hilarious.


  • Can someone PLEASE tell me why Windows file operations are still messed up?

    , Sven Groot wrote

    I've never had any problems with slow file copies in any version of Windows, not even Vista.

    Same here.   I used Vista every day for 18 months then switched to Windows 7 when it was released in 2009.  During all that time, I have always had an antivirus program installed (AVG for the last couple of years).  I have never encountered this "slow copying when using Explorer".

  • Tech sector bloodbath?

    , cbae wrote

    Business Division revenues up 8% YoY.

    Server & Tools revenues up 11% YoY.

    Online Services revenues up 18% YoY.

    Entertainment and Devices revenues up 56%.

    And get this:

    Windows Division revenues up 23% YoY.

    Where the hell is all this money coming from?

    Just got a call from Mark Twain.  The reports of Microsoft's death have been greatly exaggerated.

  • How long before ...

    , Ian2 wrote

    @MikeInOhio:VS2012 - If you have the Pro edition check under options (I think there is an option to enable tax returns in there)  

  • How long before ...

    , Ian2 wrote

    @Minh:Saw him speak last and he looks to have plenty of life left in him yet.


    Shatner is doing extremely well for 81.  The rest of the cast of Star Trek, not so much.

  • How does this URL work?

    , Proton2 wrote

    I tried to do a whois, but the results were indeterminate.

    Maybe Microsoft does this to protect the privacy of their Azure customers?  I don't know.  Just guessing.