I downloaded a plugin for windows media player, and windows started crashing every 2 minutes. <EGO>Good thing I'm so skilled, or I wouldn't have been able to remove it from the registry and hd. </EGO> Actually, it's surprisingly hard to figure out which dlls are used by a program(from all the dlls installed on your computer)...unless you monitor when they're loaded.
OMG DivX sucks... use XviD, it's a lot better ( www.xvid.org ). You get the source code, so you have to compile it yourself provided you have a C++ compiler (such as Visual C++). I might upload the binaries cos that's a lot better than trying to find a trustworthy build of the latest release.
"Now I guess we're... 'Path-E-Tech Management'" -Dilbert
microsofts products in themselves are not bad. i have nothing against windows itself, it's the OS i've been using for 6 years without too much grief. what i disagree with is microsoft's marketing. they play dirty, and have done since day one, and they do hold a totally unfair monopoly. particular grievances i have are with the ridiculous prices they charge and their forcing people to use certain products like IE and WMP.
Most Linux users hate Windows because it's that expensive (and most Linux programs replacing Windows programs are free). But since most computers automatically come with Windows (at least it is over here), what can you do about it?
Most people that hate microsoft use the fact that they hate the company as an excuse/reason for creating viruses, hacking the site, or illegaly getting free copies of the newest OS. If you hate Microsoft so much get an iMac.
Their products do cost a ton, but they couldn't charge that much if they were bad programs.
As for shady buisnes dealling, Give me some proof! They have baught out companies, but you can't buy a company against their will.
"I cant stand Microsoft bashing. Everyone here is using Windows, because it's better than any other OS. I have a Windows/Linux dual boot, and I only ever use Linux for programming in either Java, C or C++ because it comes with free programming tools. But seriously, no other OS is as fully-featured as Windows, and they have excellent customer support (whenever I email a question I get a reply the same day with a precise answer to whatever I asked). If only every other company was that good."
Couldn't agree with you more ^
"Say you're hanging from a huge cliff at the top of mt. everest and a guy comes along and says he'll save you, and proceeds to throw religious pamphlets at you while simultaniously giving a sermon." - Dustin G
"Everyone here is using Windows, because it's better than any other OS"
No. Because Microsoft has a monopoly and there is no alternative.
"Microsoft made their way to the top like any other business would"
"Windows is still more stable than Unix/Linux"
I don't use Linux, but I'm sure lots of people would argue with you there. I still use Win98 because MMF runs on it. Win98 crashes a lot, I've ended up editing system.ini just to get decent performance (turning off virtual memory and stuff). Windows XP may be fairly stable, but it took them 14 years to get there. The rest of the time they had crappy software. And all the time they're building up off the old software, so XP is based off DOS-with-knobs-on.
Microsoft play dirty. They never even wrote DOS, they bought 'Quick-and-Dirty-Operating system' (QDOS) and made it their own, renaming it DOS. They faffed around with a few useless versions of windows before Windows 3.1 became usable. They went to third world countries and basically handed out their products for free to first establish a monopoly, and are only now introducing proper anti piracy methods (why do you think they had lame serials for ages and now suddenly require phone registration?). They were slow to notice the internet revolution, and when they realised they had to do something, Netscape was becoming a popular browser. So they buy someone else's browser (Mosaic), rename it Internet explorer, as usual plug some knobs and things on, and release it FOR FREE effectively putting Netscape out of business and creating a browser monopoly. 99% of people here probably use IE, I use Mozilla (tabbed browsing is cool plus other cool features). Microsoft security is also an oxymoron. Ever hear about linux worms storming the globe? Yet time after time Windows machines are brought down by globe spanning viruses, such as Sasser which could infect machines without any user action (a truly awful security hole). Good customer support? Businesses have a different view, they rarely hear anything useful from Microsoft, whilst they pay absolute fortunes for over priced Microsoft software. All the time you hear about Microsoft's monopoly causing trouble, hear about the European anti trust lawsuit? MS supplying Windows Media Player - for free again - with windows was creating a monopoly in the audio player software market. Recently MS was deliberately causing the MSN page to look incorrect for people using the Opera browser. Etc. etc. Tell me, are good, honest businesses getting to the top fairly always fighting antitrust lawsuits?
If I could use something other than Windows, I would. It's a very inefficient and awkward piece of crap and if I had any choice I wouldn't use it. I mean, you need more than a gigabyte for an operating system?! But considering all the software now is for Windows, it's hard to switch permanently. The only decent Windows operating systems are NT-based, and they're riddled with security holes... what's the point of downloading 'hotfix Q894167' (you can believe that they've released that many previously)? You're just going to get a worm infect your computer using YET ANOTHER security hole.
I wouldn't be surprised if most of the Microsoft defenders have never used another operating system...