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Bye Bye 90s
And I thought Retro was cool...

 3:24 am on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've done it! I've finally disconnected myself from Win98. After 8 years of using the OS, I've made the transition to XP. What a difference! It was one of my New Year's resolutions, a little early. ;)

And here I thought being Retro was cool. Ha! Not in this case it wasn't. :)



 3:33 am on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Wow I thought I was a laggard, hope you enjoyed the change as much as I did, after using XP there is no way Id install Windows 98 as a default Operating System unless the PC was very very old and can not handle Windows 2000.


 12:59 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've often considered reinstalling windows 3.1 (workgroups). However, as I remember it, setting up the stack was a bit of a pain, and I doubt that firefox and IE6 support it. (Please let me know if I'm wrong!)


 2:06 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)


Only *just* got rid of our stalwart Windows-for-Workgroups office 486 (and fax machine) to make way for our new daughter!

And we still have a Win98 (and SunOS 4.1.3) machine (never mind W2K, etc) in active service...




 3:03 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

> still have a Win98

ditto. W98 and FP98 and a few other 90's era relics are not fancy, but they remain functional. I view it sort of like good old fashioned comfort foods. Sometimes there's a touch of indigestion to deal with, but by and large ya know what to expect and that's just not a bad thing.


 3:12 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

LOL, I made a huge leap from Mac OS 9.2 to Tiger. Wow, what a learning curve that has been! :(


 6:57 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

There's not a huge amount of difference between 98 and XP for most things, but XP is so much better for one thing - anti-aliasing. If it isn't enabled already, fire up IE and go to:


You can use the ActiveX widget to get everything set up right - the web just looks so much better without all the jagged fonts.

Of course, you could have made a real upgrade [ubuntu.com] instead of just to XP. ;)

Only *just* got rid of our stalwart Windows-for-Workgroups office 486 (and fax machine) to make way for our new daughter!

Your daughter has a built-in fax machine? Cool!


 8:48 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)


No, she does not have a fax machine, but she regularly produces stuff with similar value and allure to what used to turn up on the fax! B^>




 9:05 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've made the transition to XP. What a difference!

Home or Pro?

I have the pro ed, and have to say, what I **don't** like about XP is how many of the functions have been replaced with Wizards and other hand-holding devices. The support and help center is particularly patronizing. :-D

Vote for best improvements ever: plug and play really is plug and play, better driver support, and the restore point backups totally rock.

If you liked some of the navigational things about 98, you can fiddle around with the settings to set your desktop, start menu, and folders to "classic." I feel much more at home with it that way.


 9:12 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Congrats, next step? OSX! ;)

I have 3 XP computers in my home, and a new 20" iMag G5... I'm a mac convert, such a better computer, IMHO.


 9:14 pm on Dec 27, 2005 (gmt 0)

Home or Pro?

Pro of course. ;)

Congrats, next step? OSX! ;)

I've been a Mac user since 1990. :)


 2:13 am on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I still connect to the web via dial-up with a PII-350MHz running Win98SE with a 15" monitor.

I need to know the what the web looks like for a lowest common denominator. You wouldn't believe the machines some of my clients still operate effectively and many of their customers run even older models.

Mind you my production machines are rather more recent vintages. I, myself, am not a lowest common denominator type person :-)

I do, however, anticipate a personal rejuvenation upgrade as soon as one becomes available...and out of beta...

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