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    Things that happened last week

    One solution I've seen in the past is that if someone insists they 'need' Windows so you get roped into re-installing, insist on installing a dual boot setup on the understanding they use it if(when) Windoze dies on them again. They may then become curious enough to give it a go, or be forced to in order to continue working when Winblows lets them down...
    Posted 09-15-2009 at 06:51 AM by rich_c rich_c is offline
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    Things that happened last week

    Originally Posted by Larry Webb View Comment
    You need to use archtoad6's comments in his last paragraph with extreme caution. ... if I want to live in peace.
    You're right, I didn't mention -- I was trying not to go too far OT -- that she & I have had this discussion & she has "agreed" to try Linux. We'll see if she remembers this agreement when it's time to start the conversion.

    One thing I (or anyone else in this circumstance) have going for me (him/her) is "Winders" itself:
    • Hardware -- KDE will run on the same h/w that 2k or XP will, while Vista or 7 almost certainly will require an expensive upgrade. Not only to the box, but maybe also to the printer(s) & other peripherals as well.
    • GUI -- If KDE is easier to learn than Vista, then the "sale" may be easy.
    Posted 09-14-2009 at 07:23 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
    Updated 09-16-2009 at 06:22 AM by archtoad6
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    Things that happened last week

    My wife has been converted to Linux (ok, her computer has. But you can wish... ) a long time ago, and she's not looking back. No danger there.

    Getting paid is nice (I occasionally do!) but I prefer solving problems, not patching holes, even if patching gets paid.

    Posted 09-14-2009 at 06:20 AM by bitpicker bitpicker is offline
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    Things that happened last week

    You need to use archtoad6's comments in his last paragraph with extreme caution. I have been in this battle for a year now with my wife over XP. I still have not converted her. Until something breaks or a bad virus comes along her computer will have winders if I want to live in peace.
    Posted 09-14-2009 at 06:11 AM by Larry Webb Larry Webb is offline
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    Things that happened last week

    It would be ok if Windows users were able to solve their own problems, but mostly they aren't. They still steal our time with always the same problems, we solve them for them, but when we tell them how to avoid them for good, they just return to business as usual - after all, they have us to solve their problems for them.
    Then make them pay, a least the 2nd or 3rd time they come to you. Not necessarily money, possibly by listening to your "rant" on the dangers of Winders, possibly walk them through the fixes -- making them experience 1st hand the pain of cleaning up after Bill & Steve (B) & their minions.

    By the 4th time, the only options you offer should be Linux or real money. By real money I mean your going rate as a self employed professional computer consultant -- in my case $85/hr. starting when I leave my house, but not including the trip home.

    I would think this through & write it up in advance. Then give a copy of it to each person you help under your old friendship policy. Maybe make them sign a copy for you. If you don't put your foot down, they will continue to take advantage of you.

    The fact is, you are letting them abuse you, just as they are letting M$ abuse them. (I think that we should refer to them not as "users", but rather "usees" or "abusees").

    The only "Winders" box I maintain free is the W2k one that belongs to the woman I live with. I told her that when support for 2k runs out, it's Linux time. I'm looking for a way to start that transition now.
    Posted 09-13-2009 at 05:57 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
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    Should we stop spreading Linux?

    Thanks Robin - you made me laugh this morning. I know the feeling - when Vista came out that was the turning point for me, what an irritating OS. As an IT guy I'm tired of fixing XP too. At work it doesn't really seem to matter whether people are local admins or not - most still hose the thing eventually; guess I shouldn't complain it's a job - broken record kind of job - but it pays the bills.

    Posted 03-10-2009 at 09:58 AM by jcoleman jcoleman is offline
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    The Moron Resistance

    Funny you should mention this on two levels for me: I got my A+/Network+ and now am studying for the Security+. Second I just found the wonders of Linux about 6 weeks ago..liked it so much invested in a system76 Ubuntu pre-installed. I have also tried Fedora, OpenSuse, and currently fighting my way thru Slackware. So I am enlightened now, I want my computer to be secure and I want to know whats going on under the hood, I spend time everyday learning the bash shell and am taking another course besides Security+, taking Perl programming. Now I am spoiled I do not want to spend a dime on any software and I can't believe how blind I was after wasting literally thousands of dollars over the years on Windows. Of course I have to stay abreast of Windows because I own a computer repair business. So I say let the ignorant remain ignorant. If everyone used Linux I'd be like the computer equivalent of the Maytag repair man ...good post..
    Posted 01-23-2009 at 06:42 PM by rtrahan rtrahan is offline
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    The Moron Resistance

    We should have an 'I'm a Moron' campaign instead. At least people could relate to that.
    Indeed. Unfortunately, "not me" syndrome would take over, and people *still* wouldn't get it.

    But, at least ignorance keeps us IT types employed haha
    Posted 01-20-2009 at 01:05 PM by rocket357 rocket357 is offline
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    3 Notebooks and a funeral

    It's not a manual for Windows, it just refers to the two additional programs I installed and explains how to switch users. And it is in German to boot. So there's nothing to share, I'm afraid.

    If I could write a 3 page manual on how to use Windows sensibly, I would, and I would surely publish it.
    Posted 12-16-2008 at 09:19 AM by bitpicker bitpicker is offline
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    3 Notebooks and a funeral

    "I even wrote a three page manual" -- Any chance you'd be willing to share that?

    After being "Winders"-free since May 2005, I just inherited (literally) a computer consulting business that deals w/ networks, servers, & e'ee desktops. Having a manual for my XP users could be very helpful.
    Posted 12-16-2008 at 08:35 AM by archtoad6 archtoad6 is offline
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    The small things

    Hiya Robin,

    one of the features that I really like and find useful is that I can copy a text by highlighting it and then pasting it with the mouse by clicking the middle button.

    Posted 11-30-2008 at 09:25 AM by windz windz is offline


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