Advantages Simplified and very stable that anyone from a 2 year to a 90 year old could use it
Everyone's shouting about Windows XP, declaring it the greatest OS ever released - the epiphany of computing. But they're all wrong. Windows XP is going to destroy everything this fine industry has achieved in its glittering history.For 20 years, we IT enthusiasts have been happily running DOS, then Windows 3, 95, 98, NT and even 200. And they were all great, because they gave us so much to moan about. Unexpected crashes... blue screens of death... hours of lost work. But I've been using Windows XP for around three months now, and I have to say, I'm annoyed. The damn thing hasn't crashed once. Sure, Internet Explorer falls over occasionally, but that's only a minor consolation. What's more, it seems that Microsoft is actually interested in fixing the problems, automatically prompting error reports and making the Windows Update process seamless. From the easy-t-read icons to the actually helpful Help system, there's a dreadful sense of ease of use.
Take writing a CD-R. For years, we've all had to master the various interfaces offered by Adaptec, Nero and more, and quite often the end results couldn't be read in someone else's drive. But now, you just have to put a CD-R disc into a drive and Windows invites you to open up a write able CD folder using Internet Explorer - you then just drag and drop the files onto the disc.Then there's using a digital camera. Oh, the hours of pleasure I used to have transferring images from my camera to a Windows 98 or 2000 machine. The loading of archaic-looking software onto my PC, with only a 50/50 chance of success at the end of it. With Windows XP, I just attach the camera to a USB slot and I'm being offered a multitude of options - print to the Web, sir? Order prints online, sir? Oooh, suit you, sir.
Well no, it doesn't suit me. I want difficulty. I want frustration. I want to master the ins and outs so that my friends and family think of me as some kind of information technology guru when I manage to print photos onto an A4 piece of paper without cutting their heads off. On the photo that is.Even worse, it's now ridiculously simple to brose through your photos. Not content with a perfectly good text description that said 'JPEG file, 507kb', Windows XP decides to show large previews of the pictures and even encourages you to view slide shows of a folder's contents. I had to attend seven three-day training courses to reach that level of competency with traditional photo-editing software. And as if all this wasn't enough, Microsoft even has the darn cheek to bundle a highly respectable photo editor free with XP.
I haven't even mentioned scanning yet. I spent years mastering TWAIN drivers, impressing onlookers by capturing an image in Photoshop. I got so good; sometimes I didn't even refer to the Help files. But now a two-year-old could do it. Attach the scanner and helpful Wizard prompts your every move. Before you know it, the image is on your PC and you're being encouraged to make T-Shirts and coffee mugs from it.There's only one consolation for us British users, and that's the US-centric aspect of XP.
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