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Geek squad

The Seed editors asked us to reminisce about our quaint experiences with computing in the Old Days. Old nerds are so pathetic.

I’m much more enthused about an event in future computing: Leopard is coming out tomorrow! Laelaps has an anticipatory video of what Leopard is going to do to Windows — haul it up a tree and eat it for lunch.

Comments

  1. #1 Ichthyic
    October 25, 2007

    To top that off they have forced all of their OEMs to ONLY install Vista

    that’s not at all correct.

    they encourage OEM’s and PC/laptop distributors to pack Vista on the machines (for obvious reasons), but a simple phone call to any of them can get it bundled with XP instead.

    of course, if you buy already distributed PC’s from places like Best Buy or Circuit City, then you’re stuck. However, any place that distributes PC’s, like Dell, is happy to swap the OS for you to XP with a simple phone call or email.

    I’ve already been through this with numerous clients, who I advised (as I did when XP first came out) to wait until the first service pack is released (should be before the end of the year) before even thinking of migrating to Vista.

    it always takes that long for ANY OS (OSX included) to work out initial release bugs, wait for new hardware drivers to be incorporated, etc.

    jeebus, sometimes i wonder if people recall just how fubar OSX was on initial release.

    here, let me reiterate:

    NEVER INSTALL AN OS ON INITIAL RELEASE.

    Always wait for the first major service pack/update/patch

    your life will be much easier.

  2. #2 Ichthyic
    October 25, 2007

    You can’t get gigabit ethernet on the Dell.

    *sigh*

    yes you can; depends on the model.

    for desktop/server systems, it’s been available for many years (I purchased several back in 1999/2000).

    for laptops, far fewer models offer it as an option, but it’s still there.

  3. #3 Ichthyic
    October 25, 2007

    Well, someone has to.

    true, but until they start paying me to beta test “retail versions”, I don’t see why it has to be me… or any of my clients, friends, acquaintances, enemies…

  4. #4 Ichthyic
    October 26, 2007

    how do you expect to maintain supergeek status saying things like “i prefer girls”?

    you should be ashamed.

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