Planned obsolescence rant
So i'm curious as to where many of you lie on the continuum of technology.
I find myself increasingly disappointed with the performance of newer technology as bloated and excessive for most users.
I understand the need for the latest and the greatest in some fields, but the average user is getting hosed.
My 5yr old XP machine is functionally faster in almost every respect compared to my i7 quad core, Win 7 machine.
I never even did a ram upgrade to the old one either, it's still got a single gig and has room for four; yet i've got 8 on the way for the other box just to make it tolerable.
That's all in addition to it being hotter and louder, and obviously using more energy.
What a fucking scam...
I am in the same boat. XP rock n rolls and 7 is not so hot. Hopefully, the support will be out there somewhere, even if MS won't provide it.
Originally Posted by ChenPengFi
Seems like your new PC is badly configured. Get 7Clean, CCleaner (free) or similar software to disable useless programs and services and to clean up the registry. Or try Linux.
Also some antivirus-programs tend to really slow down Windows 7.
But generally you are right. As long as you are not using your computer for gaming or 3d-Desing/rendering, an old trusty XP-Machine will be more than enough.
Furthermore, especially new complete-computers tend to break down as soon as the guaranty expires (had that mostly with fujitsu-machines).
Step-dad is a data forensics team leader for a huge corporation based in NYC.
Originally Posted by nils
I get good advice and have a cheap avenue for hard and software from clean, legit sources.
I'm fairly lucky in that respect.
I imagine i'd be livid without that support!
I'm using ccleaner, have been forever.
Linux sounds like a headache, but granted i haven't done much research, it's just what i gather.
That option is looking more attractive as of late however.
I've considered doing a dual boot just to play around with the stuff and see if i can make a go of it.
I don't understand why everyone hits on win7 I have had zero problems with it. If you want a good computer, do a custom build, that crap you get from best buy is just that total crap. Plus they put so many useless programs on the store bought models that it makes them painfully slow.
My first thought is "get norton off that machine"
Not from Best Buy etc.
I did a fresh os install and only have minimal software installed.
All updates are current.
The new box does shutdown noticeably faster, but i don't get any benefit from that...
You could run Ubuntu from CDROM or a USB key if memory serves (save you some headache over a dual boot setup). Or you could install Virtual Box and run it as a virtual computer on your windows box.
Originally Posted by ChenPengFi
I tend to run Linux, but I also develop software for a living so I can love with some of the shortcomings.
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Windows 7 is a lot less **** than XP, it's actually dangerously close to a real operating system. If it's sluggish on an i7 you have some kind of horrible configuration issue.
Mine isn't so much sluggish, in fact, it is probably just a personal preference. My computer guy told me the same thing (it is dangerously close to a real operating system), and swears by it. I just prefer XP Pro
Originally Posted by PointyShinyBurn
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