Used it for a short while, then dumped M$ altogether. I used WinNT
successfully for awhile. Thought w2k was basically the same thing.
It matters not. Haven't willingly used any of that M$ crap in years.
I have an old crapped up XP box I use for Netflix streaming movies.
Otherwise, I don't bother.
I agree. I could keep W2K running for a fairly long time between reboots,
not so with 95. There was a positive abortion in Win ME - didn't see too
much of that OS. XP tries too much to "help" me. I have to reconfigure it
substantially to make it comfortable for me. With W2K, setting up the OS
meant changing some stuff in Explorer and renaming ACTORS to DEADACTORS to
kill Clippy, the most annoying "helper" that's ever been inflicted on me.
XP, on the other hand, apparently must have had years of research that
resulted in menus magically reconfiguring themselves (a big it with people
who could barely remember where things were on static menus!) and an OS
that's always asking you to make decisions. "Would you like to . . . "
There should be a global setting marked "Stay out my effing way you
solder-tailed scold." Or something like Samuel Jackson in "Pulp Fiction"
when he says to the kid "Say WHAT again!"
Ye gads, I'd forgotten that nightmare. At least you could turn it
LOL! I gotta wonder at how many monitors/laptops have actually been
retired early by small arms fire by infuriated users having to close
one popup too many.
There is a way to stop all that nonsense, but it's neither intuitive
nor for the faint of heart.
It came back from the grave MS has serious problems because they're faced
with both a large installed base of users but they want to attract new
customer that have no experience with PC's. Hence, Clippy and his pals.
The day I finally learned how to kill Mr. Clippy and all his minions dog,
cat, Einstein (???) was a red letter day. Clippy initially refused to day.
If you killed him in Word 97 he only stayed dead until the day you decide to
look at Powerpoint 97 for the first time. It's like saying Beetlejuice
three times. As soon as you do, Clippy is comes back to life not only for
Powerpoint but ALL other Office 97 programs including Word. Clippy was as
persistent as malaria and just as useless.
At one time I collected and fixed abandoned PC's and laptops and on one, (I
kid you not!) there was a huge bite mark on the corner of the LCD screen of
a distressed Dell laptop. If she had a gun, I am sure it would have had a
bullet hole in it, too! She was easily frustrated and orally fixated. I
also got a dead phone from her with a similar bite mark.
Or, a good pop-up blocker or browser (like Firefox) with it built in. IE's
design decisions were made by Pollyanna. The internet turned out to be
perhaps 1000X meaner than MS imagined it. While other hate it, I like
Firefox with just two add-ins - NoScript and AdBlock. I am always two
like it. Surfing with shields up until I decide to lower them, and you can
do that by looking at the site's security certificate, looking at what sites
it redirects you to for content, looking at clicking-jacking and
cross-scripting attempts/attacks. A number of sites recently were tricked
Really...kinda sounded that way.
"Holy crap, ppl! If you can learn all that other crap, you can learn
Linux. But noooooo!! I'll never leave my precious Windows computer.
<whine, sniffle> "
No, no stupid reference...but it is inferred IMHO.
I ended up using w98se, which was the best of the 98s. It rarely
crashed. OTOH, I never had to use it in a heavy enterprise situation,
like a CAD workstation. My beef with w98se was it jes wasn't secure.
No matter what I did or what security software I ran, no matter how
many firewalls, the exploits were overwhelming. Like I said, after
the 4th drive-by dwnld, I quit M$ altogether. Haven't had a hiccup
I also think a lot of the problem is client-side scripts. Lotta
exploits, there. If I'd had NoScript back then, I'm sure Ida seen
much less grief.
Win2k is based on the NT kernel, which is far more stable than Win95 that
runs atop DOS. For example, Win95 (or 98) has no knowledge of NTFS, a far
superior file system compared to FAT32. Win2k has far better security
features, and so on. You can tell by the names that Win2k is five years
better than Win95.
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