Random Thoughts

Written by Leo N.

My computers are still acting up. I managed to get the Pentium to work, but now my CD-ROM is "not found". What gives? My 486 on the other hand made it clear: it needs a format and a complete re-installation of everything.

Having mentioned that I had formatted my Linux box and installed Windows '95 got quite the response:

Date: Wed, 27 Aug 1997 09:55:18 -0700 (PDT)
To: lansdowne@capnasty.org
From: David Welton
Subject: capnasty

I decided to format my Linux machine and install Windows '95 because I desperately needed a working computer.

Errr, your logic is less than straightforward here. Linux works, Windoze does not. Linux is a multiuser, multitasking operating system with advanced features such as protected memory. The Linux box I set up a week ago at work reports this uptime:

9:35am up 7 days, 20:28h, 6 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

In other words, after I set it up, it has not been shut down or crashed. After a week of continuous use with lots of processing and buggy programs such as netscape. This is quite normal - many users report uptimes of weeks, months, and even years, in some cases. Can Windoze do that? And host multiple users? And work as a loaded server?

So, knowing you (Leandro) to be a fairly intelligent guy (evidence - you did have a linux box:-), I assume you probably meant 'I needed a computer with certain tools on it'. While Linux has most of the basic tools one would want (WP, spreadsheet, database, financial programs, graphics, etc...), they are more readily available for Windoze.

So... use Linux, Windoze, Mac, Amiga, VMS, FreeBSD, SysV UNIX, or whatever, but don't make spurious claims about them.

No, Windows can't do that. However Linux doesn't like to connect to Windows NT, the servers that we have at work used for the dial-up. I've been trying for several months now to get it to connect, with the same results: nothing happens. I guess with the fact that I have no more time lately, the luxury of Windows '95 for me is that it connects to the WinNT servers, and although it turned my Pentium into a 8086, it works (kinda) for the time being.

Shortly after that I got an e-mail from Robin Miller who pointed out that "Maybe you need a Macintosh??"

Maybe. I thought about buying a Mac, since my negative feelings toward the two machines sitting on my desk had grown quite profound. However, what's the difference? Computers are prone to breaking down, no matter if they are a Mac or an IBM compatible.

I don't want to start an OS war. I personally prefer IBM compatibles. They're cheaper (price and at times quality as well) and I can run Microsoft software or Linux. I prefer the latter but I can't connect to the Internet, so I'm stuck with Windows '95 which is nothing more than a rip-off of the original X-Windows system.

Mac users shouldn't snear at Win users: where do you think your Windows interface came from?

Before I leave you, I just wanted to let you know that Colin has updated all of the pages on our site. Although we still have quite a bit of work ahead of us, it looks pretty good. Let us know what you think.