Thursday, 17 January 2008

Trouble 't Mill

Happy New Year!!

I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin.
I see bad times today.

Dont go around tonight,
Well, its bound to take your life,
Theres a bad moon on the rise.

Is this soon to become the anthem of the IT industry?

We all know the Vista is far from Buena. What about all those poor Vista users who had their machines auto updated by Dear Uncle Williams team of fixers only to find their machines didn't want to be upgraded and refused to work!

We all know how people are generally resisting the operating system (as borne out by the fact a lot of major manufacturers and box shippers are still supplying machines with XP!)

Now it would appear as if Microsoft are going to turn in to the school yard bully and make us play with their ball whether we like it or not. According to the Inquirer dear old XP is a dead man walking with July being muted as date for its demise.

But then a major player wouldn't really shoot itself in the foot by withdrawing what has been a major seller for them without having a really good replacement ready to go, would they???

Anyone old enough to remeber a certain Ford Motor Company who stopped production of the Cortina and Granada models (both much loved by the business world as the company vehicle of choice) before having a suitable replacement? The Sierra arrived about 14 months afterwards and was a dog. Directors at Vauxhall were sending the opposite numbers at Ford thank you letters for making, overnight the Cavalier the leading company car!

Will the Open Source brigade see this a chink in Bill's armour and a glimmer of hope for Linux to get a look in? Hmm? It is a greener option they say! Check out Linux for Cynics for a flavour of whats out there!

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