Windoze XP, a rant 17 Jan, 2003
So I finally got to play with XP today, having re-imaged my work laptop (it was running Win2k previously). Pants. Absolute pants it is. I was hoping that XP would address a few of my beefs with Win2k, such as:
- explore.exe: considering the file management system is central to any decent OS, this app blows goats. Too slow. Disk I/O is a joke, the thing crashes too often, and is just generally unresponsive.
- Startup and shutdown times: Even without my employer's login scripts and so forth, these basic processes take way too long.
- IE6: I was looking forward to trying this. It renders sites in a slightly prettier way (but then so does any other browser — it's the OS after all), and the web standards support has to be better doesn't it? But it still sucks.
The machine I'm using is a brand new IBM ThinkPad. Windoze means that this PC boots up slower (and I mean way slower) than my iMac at home, a four year old 233MHz G3 for gawd's sake! As for shutting down, I've already had "the hang" whereby the OS finds itself unable to switch off the PC because of frozen tasks (typically iexplore.exe / explore.exe). I couldn't even log on to the machine at one point; this was down to SafeGuard Easy deciding it should handle user authentication rather than the main OS, for some reason. Not seen that before.
Anyway, I could go on. Loads. About how this isn't isolated to one machine, nor is it down to third party software (MS' favourite bleat no?). I don't understand how this OS has gotten where it has — I guess people just don't know how different things can be (and I'm not just talking about OS X!).
How disappointing. Sorry. Normal service will be resumed shortly.