SHCC WYSIWYG Article from November 2011

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This article was written by Don VanSyckel, the club president, as a part of "The President's Pen".  This article appeared in the November 2011 WYSIWYG newsletter.

Windows and Linux

by Don VanSyckel

It appears that Windows Vista is going the way of Windows ME. Someone's head must be rolling around the streets of Bellevue or wherever the office is in Washington state. I have not taken the Windows 7 plunge. Frankly I'm too busy doing stuff with the PC to worry about upgrading the Operating System (OS). I have never turned on my PC to run Windows!! That is not to say Windows isn't on the PC but I turn on the PC to run Quicken or Firefox (web browser) or Thunderbird (email client). Have you ever hear someone say they are going to go turn on their PC to run Windows? The OS whether Windows or Linux or anything else is not the reason you have and use a computer. the applications you run are the reason to have a computer.

I have Windows on all my PCs and this article is not pro or anti Windows nor is pro or anti Linux. The purpose is to have you think before you leap into spending money and time upgrading an OS. I tell people that I've tested Quicken and it reports the same amount of money in my account regardless of what OS it runs on, no wait a minute, I'm wrong, when Quicken runs on the new OS my account has less money in it, the cost of the upgrade.

So if you have the money and the time, please buy all the new OS's. After all, someone has to find the bugs and get them fixed so when I finally upgrade I don't run into any issues. Nothing is more frustrating to me than having to trip over someone else's mistakes. I make enough of my own to deal with, I don't want to have to deal with those of other people.

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