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PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/31/2014 8:46:02 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good Riddance
That's very true...In reading much analysis after the recession/downturn about pent up demand for IT purchases, I thought things would explode in the last couple of years, but it didn't happen. Even infrastructure companies like Cisco have disappointed, so it makes me think these environments elude easy predictors.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
3/31/2014 8:42:46 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: 3rd party support
That would really be interesting if something in fact takes hold. I guess there is no turning back for Microsoft itself at this point?

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
3/31/2014 5:24:14 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: 3rd party support
I think there's likely a huge niche here that extends well beyond city government users and into every vertical imaginable in the private sector. Given the rates of some code-writers in developing economies, this underground XP support movement could be huge.

Resurgent phoenix
Resurgent phoenix  
3/29/2014 8:21:02 PM
User Rank City Slicker
3rd party support
Do you think some developer who knows XP could find a niche and start his/ her own company to support XP. I know of a company that is in court for doing that with a different software firm.........

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
3/28/2014 3:08:01 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Good Riddance
I agree with you NewDream, they should be standard throughout industry but when we look deeper, it may not be all standardized. Its takes an act of CEO or President of the Company to get new computers approved, its a large expendature and during Lean times companies wont upgrade. during good times they dont always want to spend the money to upgrade. Everything in Government takes a long time so why not IT lagging behind the rest of the country?

NewDream
NewDream  
3/28/2014 9:53:03 AM
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Re: Good Riddance
Ahhh! Certainly in applications where specialized software is running there may be strong reasons not to upgrade. As a former test engineer, I'm extremely familiar with such systems...but the computers in question were typically not exposed to the Internet. The vulnerabilities that might be present were localized either to a single standalone device or to an in-plant network that was isolated from such threat vectors. Clearly in that environment, if it's not broken, DON'T fix it.

My earlier remarks were addressed to general purpose computing, where there is a need for interaction with, and especially compatibility with, the outside world. I think it's a bad idea for companies to lag behind the technology when it comes to office systems in particular; further, the file formats adopted as standards for a company should be those accepted throughout the industry.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
3/28/2014 9:19:09 AM
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Re: Good Riddance
for my company, they never wanted to spend the money to upgrade the systems. for some of the systems they did upgrade to Windows XP and 7. However, the DOS versions and Windows 98 versions are very stable for the purpose we need and to upgrade he hardware (its an aircraft simulator computer for Avionics testing) the hardware upgrades would be in the thousands of dollars, computer would be under a thousand, the software for the test set would run nearly $15K...so cant really upgrade just yet.

I suspect a lot of companies are like this as is the Governments.

NewDream
NewDream  
3/27/2014 5:47:11 PM
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Re: Good Riddance
@davedgreat, I don't have a real smartphone... I have two laptops and a desktop because developing software and websites is how I make my living.

I'm quite familiar with the syndrome of delaying upgrades until the technology is 'stable' but it has been my experience that performance increases significantly with most enhancements to the operating system.

It's hard to take a conservative approach in an area that changes as rapidly as this one. I don't think it is sound to stay too far behind the technology.

Davedgreat2000
Davedgreat2000  
3/27/2014 5:32:01 PM
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Re: Good Riddance
We still have computer running DOS6, Windows 95 and Window 98 at work. No support but we have protection on them.And they really are not on the network.

upgrading to a new OS is expensive since not all programs may run on the new version so you may have to upgrade all the other programs you are running and hopefully they have been upgraded to run on the next version. I think that is part of the reason why companies and governments dont upgrade right away. They wait a bit before all the bugs are run out of it  (at least a year), then go ahead and upgrade to the latest and greatest.

I no longer have a laptop or desktop. I have my Ipad and my Galaxy Phone that i can and do often use to surf the web and the like.

NewDream
NewDream  
3/26/2014 11:32:33 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Good Riddance
I know there a lot of people out there that just LOOOOVE XP.

I'm not one of them.

I haven't actually had the best of luck with my timing on computer purchases, at least till recently.

Many many years ago, I purchased an Exidy Sorcerer. Somewhere around Its competitors the TRS-80 (affectionately called the Trash-80) and the Commodore PET drove the company into oblivion.

It was a long time before I chose to buy another computer. Finally in the year 2000 or so I bought a Compaq wiith a great new operting system, Windows ME. I lived with that one for quite a while...

By the time I was ready to buy a new computer, Microsoft had gone through a few versions and had another brand new latest and greatest: Windows Vista. I attended the launch event for it and got a free copy of Office 2007 to go with it.

When Microsoft fixed Vista but sold the corrected version as another "new" OS I declined to pay their exorbitant fee to upgrade. That computer went through several Linux versions as well as a few trial versions of Microsoft producte...

More recently I bought a couple of ASUS laptops and a newer Dell desktop, all with Windows 7. Since Microsoft offered an INEXPENSIVE upgrade to Windows 8, I got that for all of them, so I'm quite current for a change.

You probably noticed XP was not in the list. I've supperted XP for people but I've never really liked it. In particular, the networking setup did not become fully mature until the Vista/7 series. I don't at all mind seeing XP finally go away...except of course it won't. Not really.

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