Friday, February 22, 2008

Another reason why I like XP

Microsoft is warning Vista users about upcoming update
BBC News
Microsoft is warning Vista users that the next service upgrade (SP1) may actually cause some third-party programs to stop working, some will not run and others will lose some of their functions.

Programs such as Trend Micro Internet Security and Zone Alarm Security Suite, are just a few of the programs that will be hit by the upcoming release of SP1.
some of the programs that are affected...
"BitDefender AV
Fujitsu Shock Sensor
Jiangmin KV Antivirus 10
Jiangmin KV Antivirus 2008
Trend Micro Internet Security
Zone Alarm Security Suite
Iron Speed Designer
Xheo Licensing
Free Allegiance
NYT Reader
Rising Personal Firewall
Novell ZCM Agent"

isn't it interesting that the programs listed above are designed to block viruses or keep an eye on places someone visits online?

One of the things that Microsoft boasts about its Vista operating system is its increased in the security of its operating system and also how it is used to combat piracy.

Personally, I will stick with XP Pro or switch to Linux if I have to.


Blogger OregonGuy said...

Right on!

"I'm talking about Shaft!"

I'm not a big fan of anti-monopoly litigation. I was brought up thinking that the phone company was a "natural monopoly". And the phone company was a great company.

Seems I may have been wrong. The jury IS still out. We'll find out when local telcos stop repairing and replacing copper.

But the suit against Microsoft should have, in my opinion, gone forward. One of the few companies that fail to provide warrenty service for their products. Like Windows 95 and 98. Two great products. There is simply no more support for these products.

If automobile manufacturers and their agents had this type of freedom, repair shops across the country would shut down. That is to say, an action like this from automobile manufacturers would be illegal.

Add to this the direct harm caused to various software companies due to their acting in restraint of trade. Fair trade.

If you read the journals of the day, holders of Microsoft stock would not have been harmed. What would have happened is what has happened in the telco industry.

More oompetition. Lower prices. Better service.

Somebody put a target on Microsoft's forehead, please.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous Gary said...

The problem with comparing the automobile with computer OS's is like comparing apples and oranges. The automobile has changed very little since 1985. However, computers have changed significantly in the past 23 years. In 1985, we didn't have the internet, CD-Rom, small networking was in the baby stages, and there was no such thing as ink jet printers. If I took a 23 year old automobile into the dealer for service, yeah, I could get an oil change or something but they would probably suggest I bought a new car. If you are still using Windows 95 or 98, you'll enjoy your computer much more if you spend a few dollars and get a computer with a little horsepower and try using some new features. Join the 21st century.

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Blogger Bobkatt said...

Gary- I think you missed the main point of this post. While it is true that Oregonguy did bemoan the lack of support for older operating systems, the main point is that Microsoft seems to be disabling outside programs that we may have already purchased or obtained for free, making us obliged to use their own products.
One of the reasons that the computer has advanced so rapidly is that outside product developers have been able to use the Microsoft platform to come up with programs that Microsoft either never thought of or considers not worth investing in. Competition is the key to rapid innovation.

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