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Alex on Thursday 09 March 2006 16:09 Alex added on Thursday 09 March 2006 19:47 Sorry to have shown doubts. Us guys have to be careful with strangers in such...
I do setup computers for some folks and they run quite well -- but others don't. If I sat down and analyzed each situation I'm sure I'd find the ones that continue to run great are probably the folks who check email, surf alittle, nothing more, while those that do need reinstallation do indeed spend lots of time online using the Internet to its fullest plus downloading anything that looks of interest to 'try it out' then uninstalling it a few minutes later.
There's no way to get an accurate cross section of statistics on Internet users, though it'd be a great article or make for some interesting reading. I'd love to see a survey, not for technical folks, but for the general public, ask whether they use a software firewall, hardware router, encrypted or open wifi, how often they update their virus scanner or if they run one at all, etc, and get their PC specs (processor speed and memory) and a general overview of how they think the computer is running.
One person came to me about 6 months ago saying she was about to buy a new computer because her current one was running slow, not keeping up, and was just outdated. I asked her how old it was, and she said two years old. After checking out the system, it was actually a Pentium 1.8Ghz with 256 Megs of ram, which should run good. In checking out her system she had all sorts of crap downloaded... since she had SO much data I tried cleaning-up and uninstalling stuff she didn't need, but bit rot had already set in. In an afternoon I backed-up her data, reinstalled, and she was back up.
The moral to the story is that so many folks just don't know... they think their computer needs to be replaced because it's running slow, and a wipe and reload will fix this. This is why so many folks (like Leythos, me, even many of the tech folks on TV and such) suggest to reload Windows every so often. It's the nature of the beast. Some, like you and your friends I buttume from your statements, have the beast tamed, but most folks don't.
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Alex I was going to go the Mac rout when I last bought a client for home, the main reason for Mac rather than another Linux was that I was looking for a way...
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