While shopping in a faraway Costco I got intrigued by an
optical cordless mouse for $36 (Microsoft), so after making
sure it fit my hand, I repackaged it and threw it in the cart.
As I went to install it I see a warning tag on the connector
to install the software first. I rip the CD package open,
insert the CD, shutdown other apps and prepare for my new
toy. Double click on "setup.exe" and it all turns to sh*t.
The mouse only works on XP, 2000, etc.; not Windows 98!
Jeez! It's just a frickin' mouse!
I go online to see what's up and damn if EVERY Microsoft
mouse I checked on won't work with 98. Thanks a bunch,
I check out Logitech optical cordless mice and sure enough,
as expected, they will work with 95 and 98, as well they
should. Don't ya just love capitalism at it's finest?? sigh.
yeah, I guess you can't get more official than dropping
mouse support for Win98.
I got the last laugh though; I got the mouse to work on my
pc. so Billy boy, if your listening (although I know you
aren't)...[Bronx cheer]. The mouse is cool but your support
(or lack thereof) blows! The left/right scrolling doesn't
work, but I don't care about that.
I don't know what's stopping you from upgrading operating systems, unless your
machine is so far out of date as to not be upgradable. Win XP is 1000 times the
operating system that 98 was, and I used 98 for a long time.
Go ahead; bite the bullet and make the upgrade. You're fighting a losing battle
trying to keep 98 alive.
It all depends on what you do. I still have 4 machines running DOS, it is all
they need to do their job. (MP3 players)
If you just play a few simple games, surf the net and maybe run all the
bookkeeping for a fairly large company, W9x will be all you need. Gates, et al
have been very successful in convincing people bigger is always better.
It really just depends on the quality of the cartoons you need in your GUI.
The statement that XP is only "bigger" and better "quality of the cartoons" compared
to Win9X is way off mark. XP is so far more powerful and stable, I couldn't possibly
run a Win9X box ever again. As a PC/Network Support Specialist for a large community
college, the greatest thing we have done was upgrading from Win98 boxes to Xp on
everybodys desk. The amount of headaches has sharply declined.
You may not be administering a large network, but if you are on the
Internet, you are part of one. With, I might add, many thousands of hackers.
I have a cable modem and when I look at my BlackICE logs (firewall and
anti-intrusion software), I have about 50+ hits/day from would-be intruders.
Most are harmless, but about 25% of those hits are of the type which
indicate intent to cause harm.
I get at least 5-6 hits per week on my anti-virus software from spam email
and simple web page viewing.
And at least 5-6 hits per week on my spyware detection software from spam.
I can't say enough about the benefits of BlackICE software. When CodeRed and
Nimda hit, I had just reinstalled Windows 2000 and put BlackICE on it. I
hadn't gotten around to installing any service packs or security updates or
anti-virus software. By the time I got home from work, there were reports of
servers going down everywhere, Internet traffic slowing to a crawl, and
other reports of mass IT chaos.
I checked my box, prepared to wipe it and start over. I looked at the
BlackICE logs. My jaw hit the floor. Not a single event penetrated my box.
There were hundreds for hits but all were blocked. I installed my eTrust
anti-virus, updated the signatures list and scanned the box. Nothing.
It saved my ass again when the SQL Slammer hit. Fricken cool.
I wasn't replying to the security aspects of XP, was replying to the notion
that XP is just a bloated version of Win9X with prettier graphics (altho
the default XP 'Teletubbies" theme is far from prettier). I'm well aware of
XP's shortcomings in the security issues, however it's still far better
than any Win9X/ME product.
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