Rumble: I loooooooove Microsoft sooooooo muuuuuch!

I just upgraded my laptop with Windows XP Servicepack3 (SP3). And after one hour, found it rebooting itself over and over again. "Safe Startup" and any other trick in the book did not help. Searched the Internet on my other computer and there seem to be a thousand reasons why SP3 goes wrong and ten time that many cures. Darned.
Guess the ICT helpdesk will have their hands full on Monday. Running on my personal laptop at this moment.

Let's put what we endure with computers and Microsoft in a bit of a perspective. A joke I will always remember:

A while ago, Bill Gates compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated: "If GM (General Motors) had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving twenty-five dollar cars that got 1000 miles to the gallon."

GM responded by saying: If General Motors had developed technology like Microsoft, we would be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.

2. Every time they repainted the lines on the road, you would have to buy a new car.

3. Occasionally, your car would die on the freeway for no reason, and you would accept this, restart, and drive on.

4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart; in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.

5. Only one person at a time could use the car.

6. Apple would make a car that was powered by the sun, was more reliable, five times as fast, and twice as easy to drive, but would only run on five percent of the roads.

7. The oil, water, temperature and alternator warning lights would be replaced by a single 'general car fault' warning light.

8. New seats would force everyone to have the same butt size.

9. The airbag system would say 'Are you sure?' before going off.

10. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.

11. GM would require all car buyers to also purchase a deluxe set of Rand McNally road maps (now a GM subsidiary), even though they neither need them nor want them. Attempting to delete this option would immediately cause the car's performance to diminish by 50 per cent or more.

12. Every time GM introduced a new model, car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.

13. About twice a day, all your luggage would disappear from the trunk, and would reappear in your closets at home.

14. You'd press the 'Start' button to shut off the engine.



Kris Casier,  06 September, 2008 20:41  

I'm sure there is a "XP for Dummies" available on internet. You should try it!

Peter Casier 06 September, 2008 21:52  

Hahahaha! I'd rather let the support boys have a go at it, at work!

Peter (Worldman): 07 September, 2008 04:30  

How true, how true. I like the GM part.

Fl├╝ge 31 October, 2008 17:22  

Yes, the same at me! SP3 and I got a total system crash!!! Thank you microsoft for continously beta-versions! This was the last time. It cost me 5 years to get my OS (XP pro SP2) stable. The next time there will be a service pack or whatever I will wait at least half a year before considering to install it.

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