-- (deprecated) Microsoft Windows OS (XP/NT/Vista)
---- Botched McAfee update shutting down corporate XP machines worldwide
incrediBILL - 11:01 pm on Apr 22, 2010 (gmt 0)
If there weren't evil scumbag hackers we wouldn't need McAfee in the first place.
What really happened today isn't so much a reflection of McAfee's poor SQA, or complete lack thereof, but in fact a sad statement on the very underbelly of humanity that causes us to create virus scanners in the first place.
Hard to blame the protectors of our computers because people in general just suck.
The worst nightmare is upgrading every computer in the office to Vista ... labor-intensively and manually, one by one.
The reason all those clunker XP boxes are still out there is because corporations are cheap and a new OS requires re-training personnel. Also, upgrading the OS causes software compatibility issues, requiring further upgrades, more purchases, more re-training.
Besides, why bother with Vista, which is a perfectly fine OS, when you can skip to Win 7 which is even better yet.
In all my years of being a software developer, from CP/M, MSDOS, LINUX and WINDOWS, I must say I've never seen anyone cling to an outdated OS this long in the history of MS operating systems.
XP's not all it's cracked up to be either. Not as buggy as 95 or ME, but plug 'n play more often plugged 'n failed in XP than played. Overwrote the wrong drivers, all sorts of nightmares that I don't see happen in Vista and 7.
Besides, most devices I plus into Vista and 7 just run, it already knows what to do with them or can download the device driver in real time.
Using XP at this point is like driving the 15 year old car with rusted out side panels.
Sure, it still drives, but it doesn't have all the cool new features, improved safety and uses way too much gas compared to the newer models.