smax013, on 03 November 2012 - 06:26 PM, said:
brainout, on 03 November 2012 - 04:15 PM, said:
I'm so sick of all this searching and researching, I could spit. God help the average person trying to buy a computer.
Not to be a jerk, but the "average person" likely is not looking to run rather old versions of programs, let alone DOS programs, when they go out to get a new computer. ;)
While it seems you might have a very legitimate reason to be running those rather old versions of programs, it does kind of put you in a very small minority.
No, actually I'm in the majority of business users. Also, a significant number of people between age 40-60 all have personal records in DOS. Because XP is backwards-compatible, we've not had to do anything to change our records. Same, for MS Office products before 2007; and in XP, all the old MS software runs quite well, whether DOS or Windows.
So the financial sector is not upgrading, nor the Government, nor most law firms and accounting offices, physicians and hospitals. You should have realized all this when you read the article in PC World
about how MS is trying to get the user base to LEAVE XP and at least go to Win7. Dell did a whitepaper earlier this year which tracked municipalities, school districts, etc. to see how far along they were in changing to Win7. Seven, not Eight.
Not to mention, all the factories in the US which are keyed mostly to XP processes for tool and die making, etc. (so-called 'CNC controller machines).
So actually those who rah-rah Win8 and even the three-year-old Win7 are in the minority, unaware of the bigger business issues. The only 'minority' I'm in, is the minority of business posters
in PC Forums. Most other owners of businesses don't have time to post. I wouldn't either, but a) I had to decide what computers to buy, b) I sprained my arm, and c) I was on vacation. Today I made my last purchases (well, the auction ends tomorrow afternoon); soon I'll stop posting here as well. But in each forum or at the end of each article on Win8 -- and all over Youtube -- there are maybe 50% complaints, of which about 20% are people in charge of or daily-savvy about, IT; with the balance of the condemnation of Win8, based on specifics (so you know they did their homework, and actually know computing).
By contrast, the rah-rah Win8 crowd say silly things like oh how much faster
, or 'cool' or 'I can play my music/videos/games better', or other stuff revealing them as careless casual consumers, not people who actually have to maintain systems, not serious content creators. The stupidest comments are those claiming you can learn the OS in 20 minutes or even one day. Clicking on a tile and switching between desktop and Modern, closing the program or shutting down the machine, doesn't constitute knowing the OS. It takes MONTHS to learn the OS, and even then you only scratched the surface (pun intended). So the rah-rah-Win8 crowd have a kiosk definition of OS, proving their opinions shallow and worthless. That's the other 50%.
Win8 is a disaster; it will fare badly, because its core design is vulnerable to program conflict, bad paging, memory dump problems, and to overcome these problems -- which also are threats to security -- MS has had to tweak, tweak, tweak. Which would be fine, but they instead also changed the interface in very bad ways.
This renders users blind again, and the hidden parameter traps and other obstacles created by MS, will be discovered as this 'new' OS, is used.
The complaints are many and all over the internet, not just with respect ot Win8, but EVERY version of Windows in EVERY edition. Why? Because they keep changing the interface, too.
If they kept the same or little-change the interface, but did their tweaking, then more users would be upgrading each time. But instead, there are always significant delays.
Each new OS edition generates the same problems, and MS hasn't yet learned that the worst thing you can do to new sales, is to change the interface. That's why its stock today, is only 25% of what it was worth, 20 years ago.
But you only know that if you know what went before, and how each OS is not backwards-compatible with 50 years of records MOST people have to maintain.
This post has been edited by brainout: 03 November 2012 - 08:43 PM