[rescue] Perverse Question
kevin at pipeline.com
Sun Jun 15 21:33:44 CDT 2003
Rob, ...notice this is private not list, so don't hold back if need be.
I do maintain two Win32 servers at work that were in place when i
arrived and i never made any statements to this list that i *actually*
don't know anything about about Microsoft products. That's just what i
tell people who ask me about their PC problems. It's a lot quicker and
nicer than saying "The primary source of your problems are one, user
ignorance and two, the fact that you are using fragile operating systems
and software." I learned a long time ago not to give out opinions to
co-workers unless they become clients and even then only on very
And to answer your question from earlier:
Which currently available-at-retail MS OS is more stable than Win2k?
I did not state that Win2K was or was not the best OS that MS has put
out. My position was that i do not consider it to be a "workable" OS.
With the exclusion of one hardware related event (DPS PVR, and NT 3.5.1
worked fine for it) I have yet to find myself in a situation where i
needed to do something and could not find a method other than using a
Microsoft product. My objections to Microsoft are ethical as well as
technical. That means i can't allow myself to just prop it up because
$craplication doesn't run under $nix.
Happy Fathers's Day.
Robert Novak wrote:
>On Sun, 15 Jun 2003, KRM wrote:
>>We had a new girl start at work last week. Once she was informed that i
>>was in the IT dept. she naturally started asking me about her home Win32
>>PC issues, and i went into my, quick and to the point, speech stating
>>that i don't use Windows and couldn't really give an opinion on her
>>issues one way or another. She then asked, "What else is there? Do you
>>use DOS?". I certainly don't expect your average person to be aware of
>>all the esoteric options available to the geeks of the world, but i
>>would have at least expected her to assume OSX or MacOS. Microsoft
>>knows how to lead their sheep.
>I give a disclaimer before giving advice on post-P2 PC stuff, as well as
>before giving advice on non-work-related stuff, but at least I know the
>"competition" well enough to make recommendations on it.
>But it's been a while since I worked somewhere big enough that anyone in
>IT could get hired on without at least a fractional applied clue on ia32
>hardware. I think in today's IT world, it's just as bad to not be
>marginally competent with ia32 than to not be marginally competent with
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