A while back I would have said that I have three reasons to maintain a Windows computer.
2) a couple of games;
3) tax software.
Yes, yes, I know, these things can be done with Wine or an emulator. But really, having the relic Windows machine sitting there has simply bee easier.
Tax software is now obviated because it all works on line. Ironically, one of Microsoft’s original ideas was to have the “browser” be part of the “operating system” which, we may guess, was a ruse to avoid orders to remove their browser from the shipped OS back in the early browser war days. But it turns out your browser CAN be your OS.
The games … well, as much as I’d like some day to p\full out the old Sim City and mess around, really we have not played a game on this old box in two years. Not since the Wii arrived, anyway.
Which leaves iTunes. How do I get rid of a need for iTunes? And, more generally, for the software that maintains my iPod?
I’m not sure. But what I do know is this: Both my Linux box and my Windows box sat here unused for six weeks. When I turned them both on, how many unnecessary mouse clicks did each of them demand?
I turned on the Windows machine to look for a file. But it demanded 29 clicks (yes, expecting this to be an issue, I kept count) that had nothing to do with anything I wanted the computer to do.