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[Friday 2nd February 2007 at 11:13 pm]
Thomas

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After many years of trusty service from my Windows 2000 install, I have finally given in and bought Windows XP for Achilles.

Hello, dark side. Where are those cookies you promised?
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[User Picture]From: olego
Saturday 3rd February 2007 at 9:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I stopped liking Win2000 as soon as I tried XP. The mouse acceleration just doesn't click with me, and I hate the way you can't hold down Backspace to get to the desktop from a deeply-nested folder on slow machines; you need to press it after each Backspace operation has completed.

And other than UI, the kernels are very similar, so unless you have Server / Advanced server, you aren't really losing any functionality, are you?

But... You paid, as in real money? :-)
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Sunday 4th February 2007 at 7:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, I did actually pay for it.
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[User Picture]From: pleaseremove
Saturday 3rd February 2007 at 9:35 pm (UTC)
I can't help but ask why.... why on earth would you buy a copy of XP now.... Why not save and move to vista? Yes, it will require you to spend more and it will require more from your machine, but really, XP as well it works, it's getting a bit old now.
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Sunday 4th February 2007 at 7:53 pm (UTC)
Because a) my PC isn't up to it b) the version of Vista I would get costs several times more than Windows XP c) I see no reason to get Vista and d) as an OEM, I can requisition an upgrade voucher from Microsoft.
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[User Picture]From: pleaseremove
Monday 5th February 2007 at 1:32 am (UTC)
http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/123047/rb/24992723812

there are loads of good reason to goto Vista, like many people you havnt really gone and looked for them, and the press have only really focused on security and graphics...
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[User Picture]From: boggyb
Monday 5th February 2007 at 5:52 pm (UTC)
I stand corrected about the price of it.

As to the remaining points, let's see...

Gaming? Most recent PC game I'm interested in is Lego Star Wars, and that runs fine here.

Office? As nice as the new UI may be, the current version does more than enough. Besides, I mainly use SmartSuite.

Security? Norton and common sense is more than adequate. Come to think of it, nothing's got close enough to trigger Norton in the past few years. IE6 and Outlook Express are suprisingly secure when you apply the little-known principle of common sense, and there's always Opera or Firefox.

Development? OK, you got me there. Assuming I write anything that monkeys around with low-level API calls and the like, then I have a problem.

Video? ffmpeg FTW! Besides, pretty much everything's DivX anyway (with H.264 appearing, but ffmpeg handles that fine).

HD-DVD, Blu-ray? Already supported.


When Sussex ITS migrates to Vista, then I'll consider it.
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