2012-07-31

If you don't need Java, why do you need .NET ?

I just tried to see if I really needed .net. I thought it might be simple to find the dependencies of all the executables on my Windwoes PC. After all Microsoft Office doesn't need it nor Outlook Express. So why should I let it 'eat up' my PC's memory?

Quote "Microsoft is offering advice on how to protect yourself from Java-based malware. The instructions are simple: either update it, disable it, or just uninstall it completely." - ZDNET - Zero Day.

There doesn't appear to be any Malware based on .net. - I wonder why? But there are worms that 'attack' .net.

There are some 'security issues' concerning .net and the use on web pages. But real Windows applications? Nobody seems to want to use it.

Also you do not need it taking up valuable memory in a 'veteran' PC. I certainly don't. So I removed it...totally! This (my no. 1) PC now runs quicker and loads faster than the identical PC (no. 2) with .net.

2012-04-03

Ok, so maybe Windows 8 will let you kiss the PC!

I was only joking when I said that maybe you could lick the screen. My previous post was a rant against new and not necessarily improved operating systems. But today I am rebuked by a page that details the kissing of the screen...

Interactive poster responds to your kiss

With the Kinect now 'out there', maybe the in the future you will be able to hug your computer. I know lots who would like to kick the computer when it fails to do what we want.

Most of today's computer users will have to fork out money for the new Windows 8 system because their 'veteran' system will be like this:-


The PC 'crashed' when the cpu overheated. Fortunately it did not melt-down and take the system with it. You cannot source the five to seven year old cpu. Nor can you just replace the hardware. Windows XP will not allow you to activate it without angst.

Well we have saved the client this time. After cleaning and applying service pack three, his veteran 'mission critical' PC is back at work. Making him money. It used to get up to over 72C on the cpu. Now it gets up to 32C and stays there. Like a good cpu should! 

By the way, SP3 is now 'compulsory'. If you haven't updated your Windows XP by now. You had better do it soon. Microsoft will no longer support Service Pack 2.


2012-02-22

Does Windows 98 beat Windows 8?

"They" are trying hard to generate some 'heat' for the new and improved Windows 8. Some are already whining about the new logo as the Windows 7 looked mostly like a flag. So someone has designed a new logo... [animated png. You have to click on it to 'play' it...]


With all the Greek's monetary woes, I don't think they will sue.

2012-02-08

Now is NOT the time to release new products!

In times of hardship or recession, no company wants to spend money. They would rather save costs of operating. Most South African corporates have grudgingly accepted Windows 7. Especially those that have head offices overseas in Europe or the U.S.

No users or owners of Personal Computers right now wants to spend hard earned cash on a new operating system. So most of my time recently has been taken up with repairing or refurbishing systems.

So it was a little surprising to read this:-

Five Reasons why Windows 8 will be dead on arrival
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/five-reasons-why-windows-8-will-be-dead-on-arrival/10275?tag=nl.e539

Just the fact that Microsoft want to unleash a new and improved(?) operating system and a new and untried user interface in this time of recession made me pause to think. Are they mad? Or is this a ploy to get the persistent users off Windows XP? "Revenue Stream" is possibly the answer. The present one is 'drying up'.

Recent events

Several of my clients have managed to 'trash' Windows 7 and Vista boot areas on their hard disk. The operating system DVD could not 'rescue' or restore the machine to its former working state. SysRescueCD and TestDisk could restore the partition table after a lengthy scan of the hard disk. So I still recommend that “Power Users” invest in a copy of “System RescueCD”. You can get it here:


I see South African users clinging desperately to Windows XP until long after 2015. The moderate cost hardware of today will just about run Windows 7 but will run Windows XP very nicely.

The recent interface UI debacle with Ubuntu 'unity' shows that users are not happy with radical changes to the system. Also most Vista and Windows 7 systems were changed to 'classic windows' themes after just a few minutes at the client's request.

I wouldn't suggest that Microsoft go back to the “Program Manager” desktop. But maybe an alternative could be 'slotted' into the system. So experienced users could go back to using familiar menus and icons. Rather than trying to 'finger poke' the screen to get it to work. 

Windows XP still supports the original IBM/Microsoft keyboard standard for using the 'Alt' key and a highlighted letter to 'jump' into action whatever window has the 'focus'. Windows 7 has steered away from using anything but the keyboard. Windows 8 might let you lick the screen but I doubt it.