[rescue] Perverse Question
kevin at pipeline.com
Sun Jun 15 21:44:09 CDT 2003
F**K this was obviously meant to be private, i promise :}
> 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 specific matters.
> 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
>>> 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
>>> 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
>> anything else.
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