Pepping Up Windows

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The average Windows user tends to be less than satisfied with Windows. And that’s no surprise, either, given the rather woeful state of its default applications. Consider that both Wordpad and Notepad refuse to open larger files, the integrated audio recorder limits recordings to 60 seconds, and Paint, the integrated graphics program, offers only the most rudimentary of features. Worse still, Internet Explorer can neither be considered modern nor safe for browsing, while Outlook Express is known for its affinity for contracting any number of worms and viruses. In short, the out-of-the-box Windows configuration is usually outdated and problem laden.

 

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  • Blake Handler
    October 2, 2005 at 1:58 am

    You state that “The average Windows user tends to be less than satisfied with Windows” – then you state this is because of the “woeful state of its default applications”. Huh? Where did you get this research?The default (or FREE) software you mentioned were Wordpad/Notepad. True, these programs do not replace a “real” word processor. Nor should they. Microsoft already has anti-competitive problems, and putting word processing companies out-of-business because they gave theirs away for free, doesn’t make sense. Besides, some people still want to choose their software.Microsoft does have a free (download) Paint program that is much more robust than the default Paint program. But once again, most people prefer to choose Adobe’s Photoshop.http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/paint.net/about.htmAnd Microsoft also has professional video/audio recorders available for free.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/encoder/default.aspxAnd you last comment about “Internet Explorer can neither be considered modern nor safe for browsing” is simply not true if your implying that there’s a “safer” alternative. Symantec’s latest test shows that Internet Explorer is safer than FireFoxhttp://beta.news.com.com/2100-1002_3-5873273.htmlSafe browsing actually starts with the user, NOT the technology. Technology can not always save you. Microsoft should not be held accountable for being 100% perfect. Trust me, I have my personal gripes – but all of my problems have been solvable!

  • Blake Handler
    October 2, 2005 at 1:58 am

    You state that “The average Windows user tends to be less than satisfied with Windows” – then you state this is because of the “woeful state of its default applications”. Huh? Where did you get this research?The default (or FREE) software you mentioned were Wordpad/Notepad. True, these programs do not replace a “real” word processor. Nor should they. Microsoft already has anti-competitive problems, and putting word processing companies out-of-business because they gave theirs away for free, doesn’t make sense. Besides, some people still want to choose their software.Microsoft does have a free (download) Paint program that is much more robust than the default Paint program. But once again, most people prefer to choose Adobe’s Photoshop.http://www.eecs.wsu.edu/paint.net/about.htmAnd Microsoft also has professional video/audio recorders available for free.http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/9series/encoder/default.aspxAnd you last comment about “Internet Explorer can neither be considered modern nor safe for browsing” is simply not true if your implying that there’s a “safer” alternative. Symantec’s latest test shows that Internet Explorer is safer than FireFoxhttp://beta.news.com.com/2100-1002_3-5873273.htmlSafe browsing actually starts with the user, NOT the technology. Technology can not always save you. Microsoft should not be held accountable for being 100% perfect. Trust me, I have my personal gripes – but all of my problems have been solvable!