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Old 10-10-2003, 08:04 PM   #1
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"A week in Windows" - Newsforge article


"A week in Windows" by Robin 'Roblimo' Miller is a recent Newsforge article. The author describes his experience switching from Linux to Windows. While the "ctrl-c ctrl-v" thing is a little ridiculous, I really don't understand why so many Windows users have written outraged comments. IE doesn't have tabs. Of course you can install that freeware IE-based browser that has tabs, popup blockers, and so on but no thanks to MS. Most Windows users don't even know that such browsers exist anyway. Most of his complaints are totally valid IMHO. And I don't think that article is 100% serious.
 
Old 10-11-2003, 12:35 AM   #2
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well

it's mildly funy

but it's misleading and the person writing it is playing "dumb"

auto-update can be turned off
it's easy to add shorcuts to the win taskbar
it's easy to double click the clock

if you can use linux you can use windows- get a grip

as for windows turning up empty handed in terms of office apps and third party browsers
he has a point

this has to be one of the major advantages to linux

you can install the OS and just about everything you need on top
without having to mess about with loads of downloads (we don't all have >isdn connections)

i can do what i want to do with linux without having to steal or crack or copy

this to me is by far the biggest advantage to linux

that ppl are prepared to allow me to use the fruits of their labour
without eyeing up my wallet is just splendid (and a little humbling too)
i don't like money or what ppl do for money
linux is a refreshing change
but it goes against the grain for many

what does it say about people when they are suspicious of something that is free?

("but if i havent been stung at the check out/till, then i just don't feel like I've bought something!!!!)
 
Old 10-11-2003, 04:40 AM   #3
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It is a little over the top. But then again, saying "I don't like IE so d/led Mozilla" would make for a very short article. BTW, when I first started running Linux, I got caught out by Windows because I couldn't find the 'new tab' button in IE and the highlight to copy click to paste didn't work. D'oh.

Also I now have the GIMP running under Windows. Maybe, if we all wish very hard, porters will port all Linux progs to Windows and then we Linux users can feel comfortable in both!
 
Old 10-11-2003, 05:25 AM   #4
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it seems to me that the heart of the issue is an ethical one

if you went to a gas station to fill your car up
and were told you HAD to change the engine
or no longer be entitled to gas
there'd be riots in the streets
especially when the new engine doesn't work properly anyway

microsoft needs linux far more than linux needs microsoft

M$ needs challenging and enlightening
Linux needs nothing more than what it already has
ie/ a community of helpful, contributing members
and the output of hundreds of minds
all being checked and refined by the process of open source pulbishing

without the "thorn of Linux, in the side of microsoft" they would soon
end up in total ego-maniacal control
and bill would start appearing on tv everyday to tell us how to live in microsoft world

hmm
think i better stop here
 
Old 10-11-2003, 06:08 AM   #5
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Nice article. It made me laugh a bit
 
Old 10-11-2003, 07:58 AM   #6
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Quote:
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without the "thorn of Linux, in the side of microsoft" they would soon
end up in total ego-maniacal control
and bill would start appearing on tv everyday to tell us how to live in microsoft world
[/B]
I heard on the Radio that M$ is now offering Broadband TV!
he he, They have no chance of getting into Cable or Satelite, so the Web is all they have left.........personally if I want to watch football or baseball I have a 36 inch Sony that I'd rather use than this 19 inch computer monitor........
 
Old 10-11-2003, 09:36 AM   #7
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i heard on the news that by the year 200X M$ want windows on every cash machine in america!
now
if i lived in the states
i would be worried about that
 
Old 10-11-2003, 01:03 PM   #8
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Oh yes, just what the banks want running on their cash machines... An easily hackable, virus-bait OS... Free money anyone?

Edit: As a side note, there are already banks using Windows on their ATMs. I've seen several crashed ATMs over here in the UK.

scary, huh? I certainly wouldn't trust a bank that trusts something as security-critical as ATM control to windows.

Last edited by flapjackboy; 10-11-2003 at 01:11 PM.
 
Old 10-11-2003, 01:36 PM   #9
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interesting article, speaking of atms, what OS do they run typically?
 
Old 10-11-2003, 02:37 PM   #10
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I've seen UK atms with a Win 95 error on screen. That made me laugh, until I remembered that a crashed atm means no money for me. Then I was unhappy.
 
  


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