Synching the PDA
by PhragMunkee - 3/16/07 12:47 AM
In Reply to: Vista quirks by rdmclaren
The half life of computer equipment is about 2 years. Why do you expect anything from pre-2003 to synch with a two generations later OS? I try to go five years before I replace either of my computers today, but by then they are on their last legs, the keyboard on the notebook is shot, all sorts of registry errors go "bing" in the background, etc. I'm on my eighth and ninth computers, starting with PCs that had, I think, 16 Kilobytes of RAM. The newest machine has two gigs, and I imagine my next one will have 16 Gigs of ram. I don't expect anything to work from a couple of computer generations ago, and you shouldn't either. Do your vinyl records play on your I-pod or other MP3 player? Will your Betamax tape play on an HDCD Blu-Ray player? I don't think so. How about your 8-track or even your cassettes? Not on your life. Does film take pictures in a modern camera? The list is endless, and will become longer when non-HDTV television sets that get only over the air signals go blank by Congressional mandate in about a year.
You know, I remember when computers were almost useless machines, slow counters of 1's and 0's, used by geeks, constructed out of parts bought at Radio Shack. Back then (late 1960's) IBM salesmen could all write code in COBOL and FORTRAN. Computers did nothing useful for most of us, and the standard question (even to Steve Ballmer from his mother) was "Why would anyone want their own computer?" And then came Microsoft. Now computers do all sorts of wonderful things, and there are literally thousands of companies writing programs for PCs. And viruses, too, I might add. People write programs and viruses for PCs, rather than MACs, because the Microsoft operating system, whatever version, holds a 95% market share. They have made our life much easier, but you have to invest a little effort to get the payback.
There are all sorts of dumb ideas out there about how much Microsoft charges for their OS, lots of anger at Microsoft because it's so big. Truth is it doesn't charge monopoly prices, but rather prices so low (less than $50 per OEM machine, if you study their financial filings) that no one can afford to invest in the development and sale of a competitive product. That's why everybody else in the industry gets together to gang up on them, the Lilliputians trying to tie down Gulliver.
I am not sympathetic. Buy new peripherals.
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