Windows use in medical spaces (Re: vintage computers in active use)
swiftgriggs at gmail.com
Fri May 27 17:11:28 CDT 2016
On Fri, 27 May 2016, Rod Smallwood wrote:
> Please can we have some specific instances of Windows causing problems.
Windows 95 - 98 either blue screened or locked up daily, no matter what
you did. In fact, IIRC, there was a timer bug that would _insure_ the
system couldn't stay up for more than 49 days
(https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/216641). That's an eyeblink in the
kind of uptimes I'm used to in the Unix world. Don't even get my started
on Windows 3.x with Trumpet Winsock I could write a Ph.D thesis on
stupidity with that much material.
> Not unqualified people at home or students but real production
> environments with qualified support on hand. I used every version of
> windows from 1 to 10. yes XP and millennium too
My dad used to tell me how he thought Windows was great too. He worked for
a company that designed and built chemical refineries (some in the US, but
mostly small plants in remote parts of the world). They had to stop using
Windows in any man-machine interfaces, because:
(this was XP and win2k)>
1. People in Iraq or Siberia would put games on them and of course that
2. They got tired of flying out engineers to fix issues that were windows
centric, like a NIC bug that kept kicking machines off the ethernet.
They moved to QNX and they absolutely love it now.
At this point in the life of Windows, I can believe it's MUCH more stable
than those old Win95 based DOS-predicated systems. However, being a Unix
zealot, I'd refer you to the same list Mouse posted earlier about why he's
not a Windows booster. I'm totally on the same page with him. It's not
only the reputation for lower stability, it's all the other heinous crap
M$ has pulled over the years. Trust == nonexistent.
> I wrote time and mission critical food distribution related software for
> the ten years before I retired in vb and then vb.net (oo) I would have
> seen just about every possible bug in windows and in developing
> applications under it.
You are probably a good coder who knows how to tweak Windows and make it
do what you need. I don't doubt that's possible. However, there are still
other factors (like the ones I mentioned earlier) that can make it less
desirable. Plus, there is a ton of absolutely horrible Win32, MFC, and VB
code. Not that I write on those APIs, admittedly, but I've experienced
plenty of the application failures that result.
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