[rescue] Perverse Question

KRM kevin at pipeline.com
Sun Jun 15 21:44:09 CDT 2003

F**K  this was obviously meant to be private, i promise :}


KRM wrote:

> 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.
> /KRM
> 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
>> anything else.
>> --Rob
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