Our Old Stuff is Junk

M$ is trying to denigrate XP, you know, their most successful OS ever, in order to get folks to buy a new PC with “7”. In an advertising campaign in which “Julie” opines that she has all she needs in her old PC, M$ convinces her that new hardware like an all-in-one or a touch screen really do require a purchase of a new PC. The argument is specious. The Wintel treadmill is something you can escape by going sideways. You can keep your old PC longer. You can install new software on it like Debian GNU/Linux. You can make it a thin client to get more performance. You can use cloud services. Likely Julie is doing a lot of that already with GMail, and FaceBook. Touch on a desktop PC is not compelling and she could use a tablet if she cannot type…

In a way, M$ is its worst enemy. As it has convinced people that they must buy a new PC to get anything new in IT, they have also convinced people that a new anything is good: tablet, notebook, smart thingie… and many of these do not come with that other OS. Expect further poor quarters for that cash-cow.

see TheRegister – Microsoft resuscitates ‘I’m a PC’ ads to fight Apple
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PCs have come a long way since the PC

How many cycles of the Wintel treadmill does it take to convince the subject that the next revolution is actually the same as the last one? The problem for M$ is that people are not gerbils and can solve the problem of spending years getting nowhere.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Our Old Stuff is Junk

  1. XP: 2001

    One can install the newest of everything on GNU/Linux including the bugs. By testing software for a year or more, a lot of that stuff is filtered out. New has no particular merit. I was referring to stuff from the last year or two as compared with obsolete stuff that many people have on their PCs, like XP.

  2. ChrisTX says:

    “You can install new software on it like Debian GNU/Linux.”

    > new
    > Debian


    Iceweasel 3.5.16 – newest FF: 4.0.1
    gcc 4.4.5 – newest: 4.6.0
    glibc 2.11.2 – newest: 2.13
    apache 2.2.16 – newest: 2.2.17
    kernel – newest ( 2.6.32.x series ) /

  3. Richard Chapman says:

    Microsoft is admitting a problem. I’ll call it The XP Death Grip.

  4. Dann says:

    It’s ridiculous at best.
    I’m using computers that are 4-6 years old running Gentoo with that full-featured and heavy KDE window manager AND desktop effects. I virtualize Windows XP and GNU/Linux servers, I compile code, I watch movies.
    I have an old 800MHz desktop I’ll be using for a file server/code repository when I get around to it.

    I’ve looked around at best-buy and future shop. They may have one or two laptops I would buy, but I would not throw out an old machine for one.
    I’ve always been taught to make good use with what you have, not to waste a perfectly good tool.

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