Archive for June, 2008

For the love of Vista! NOT!

June 9, 2008

If you didn’t know, Microsoft will be discontinuing Windows XP at the end of this month (June 2008).  That means that you won’t be able to buy a PC with XP, and there will no longer be any more security updates for existing XP machines, making them vulnerable to new viruses.

But that’s ok since Microsoft has just released Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) and it fixes all of the existing problems, right?

No! The headline on May 2008 PC World reads “Vista Update: Exclusive Tests Show You’re Better Off with XP” and the article shows that on existing midrange desktops and top end laptops, XP is the clear winner, and the best choice most of the time on top end desktops.

Well Microsoft is going to discontinue XP and there is nothing we can do about it, right?

Well maybe, but we can certainly try.  As of this writing 206,793 people have signed an online petition to “demand that Microsoft not stop OEM and shrinkwrapped sales of Windows XP”. Yes, I have already signed it, and you should exercise your free speech.

Better yet, get off the Microsoft gravy train and support a “free” linux (topic for a future blog).

Cheers
Howard

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Free 4 All Ideas

June 6, 2008

I love free stuff.

Free software (sometimes confused with open source), free will (to take responsibility for your good or bad decisions), free speech (so long as the courts have the freedom to penalize you if you impose on the freedom of others),  free advice (worth every penny you pay for it) and most of all free ideas (the ability to share your ideas and adopt ideas if you agree with them).

I don’t believe that my ideas are any better or worse than anyone else’s, only that I have the freedom to share them, and hopefully allow others to build on them to create even better ones.

My blog entries will tend to be short, because I have a short attention span, and my ideas are simple so they tend not to require in depth explanations.

I truly believe that simple is a worthwhile goal, but that is a subject for a different blog entry, but suffice it to say that if something is complex, you don’t really understand it yet.

Cheers
Howard