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Thursday, March 04, 2010
  What's in a name?
Over the last few weeks I have been tormentedby Windows Vista, the opperating system from Hell has:
  • destroyed by diary, to the extent that I wonder if I can justify the purchase of a Google Calendar compatible phone as an alternative to formatting the harddrive to start fresh,
  • refused to permit me to use my memory stick, making me late for church as I emailed the file to myself on another computer, to put it on the USB stick,
  • intermittently synched my email so that I have lost really important messages (don't ask, somehow it overwrote to good copy with the difficient one),
  • and generally consumed hours every day to no productive purpose
Yes, you are right I should have 7, but the pringt on the sticker on the base of my laptop giving the reference number of the OS has worn off (because I dare to use it on my lap - how could ANYONE use a laptop anywhere but on a desk?!?) and Acer will not accept the number the software divulges. I would rather learn a new OS (and install Linux) than pay Microsoft to save me from Microsoft!

But, I noticed a pattern. OSs with stupid twee names, like "Vista" or "Me" don't work. Or like "Windows" itself they only work when they reach a later itteration (in that case 3.1 for XP a mere service pack did the trick). The reason is obvious, if the OS sucks then give it a stupid name in the homes no one will notice... and then I read Judy's post on things she hates about abstracts and other aspects of academic publishing... scholars do it too! Got a paper whose arguments don't stack up? Give it a stupid title, and hope no one will notice. If Judy is right we probably won't, because none of us will actually read the thing ;)

Shame we can't just ignore OSs with stupid names... but manufacturers install them for us, so we can't. Though we can go Open Source :) So should I install Karmic Koala, or wait for the more sensible sounding Lucid Lynx?

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