EXPERTS? – WRECKSPERTS!
About the new: Windows XP - Professional & Home
by R. F. Mariano (STReport Online Magazine)
It’s been some time since I’ve actually written an article or editorial. But today has to be the day. The day after the launch of Microsoft’s Windows XP. First, an overview of Windows XP and then my take on what’s going on with the so-called experts opinions and the analyst’s views.
Windows XP… (by the way, I’ve been using Windows XP on a daily basis on my main machine for well over a year through its various beta incarnations.) is, in every way imaginable, far superior, in every aspect, to any prior version of Windows. Period.
Now, let’s take a quick look at what the so-called experts had to say…
Guy Kewney (ZDNET UK) writes;
This, dear hearts, is from an “expert”. After reading this excerpt from his recent article, one is left asking, "where was this guy for the last year"? I’d be inclined to say; “trying to find ways to argue with MS promo people and desperately seeking items in either Win9x or NT to pick nits over". You’ll notice he states, "there are drivers that are barely working…" Frankly, I’d say that Microsoft was and is not in the business of writing drivers for third party software packages. Many of the 3rd party software companies, most of which were part of the beta program, harped and harped about “we will not support a version of Windows that is not released”. Now, that Windows XP is in the Wild… Let’s see how long it takes these goofs to come up with full, robust drivers that take advantage of Win XP’s features! Further, I beg the readers to remember who the tardy (dragging their feet), with new driver support, companies are and fondly remember them the next time the reader is in the market for some new software or hardware.
Kewney goes on to point out that Windows XP will have problems yet to be discovered. This enlightened "penmaster" obviously has been out of touch with the real world. Untold scores (well over 10k) of Beta testers put Windows XP through a living hell of “trials by fire”. I, myself, which I’ll discuss later in this editorial, did things never possible to do with success in previous versions of Windows, NT included. Kewney, in his remarks only further strengthens my convictions that the vast majority of “experts” have no idea of what they write about.
David Coursey, with the help of Patrick Houston (AnchorDesk) writes;
What’s there to say? Pat’s 10 items give you the facts, straight… to the point and pretty much on the mark. I agree with the above 10 points.
Back to Kewney
Meanwhile, Kewney is crying about only having a beta copy or two to use and thus, has yet to install it on his main machine. He goes on to say;
“As I say, I simply don't know anybody who has tried it. And I can't. When I can, I will try it. Wish me luck, will you? “
To Kewney, Wish you luck?? You need more than luck! I say to you “kill the tears and fears act”. If you want to portray yourself as an expert then do the things experts do to render an expert opinion. Use the product… if you were in the beta, then you had plenty of opportunity to talk to others that use WinXP daily. Its fairly obvious, by your comments, that you have little or no experience with Windows XP. Kewney wins our WRECKSPERT recognition award as another “Hennypenny” in the world of Windows trying to sound as if he’s “in the know” when in fact, he hasn’t a clue.
My Tests in a Nutshell;
During the course of testing the strengths of Windows XP, (I used the Pro version), I did just about everything, including the unspeakable, to Windows XP. Having a number of machines at my disposal, including a pair of laptops, I installed, clean installed and upgraded WinXP, some beta over beta, some clean and one, in particular, beta over beta over beta from previous versions of Windows going back to Win95 OSR3. To make a long story short in every instance, Windows XP ran the gauntlet with little or no problems.
In one case, I had my daily workday machine running an ASUS P3C-D dual processor (2x 750mhz) motherboard which had the goofed Intel chipset that according to Intel only... worked... well almost worked with Rambus. After going through trial and tribulation... none of which was software related, I yanked the motherboard, memory and processors. I re-installed a new motherboard with a 1.4ghz processor and stick of 512mb 133mhz ram. Windows XP recognized the changes, installed the needed drivers and proceeded smartly along its way.
Windows XP... Be it Professional or Home.. is the answer for you. I prefer the Professional Version as it offers more power and features. I highly recommend Windows XP for everyone except the DOS Babies.. Someday, they'll come plodding along, out of the woods, on their horses realizing the future is DOS-less. Get Windows XP you will not be disappointed.