Windoze lusers: how do they cope?
So here I am, in Edmonton working as a Solaris sysadmin for a rather large Telco. Despite being a UNIX admin, for some reason I have a Windoze PeeCee on my desk. To be specific, a Dull Optiplex GX150, with a 1GHz CPU and 512 MB of RAM, running Windoze XP.
Well, "running" is the wrong word to use. No word of a lie, this machine is slower than my SS20--heck it's probably slower than my SS2! To add insult to injury (or should that be the other way round?), this keyboard is by far the worst one I've ever used. Yep, there's finally a keyboard I loath more than Sun's Type 6, and I have the misfortune to have to use it everyday. I'm spoiled by my Type 5 keyboard, so I've ordered one of those Type 5 to USB converters from VPI so I can use a decent keyboard on this thing.
But back to my rant. I can't believe how unproductive the use of Windoze makes one, even taking into account the slower machine. You have to keep moving your hands away from the keyboard to fiddle with the damn mouse, and you can't even give a window focus just by moving a mouse into it (you have to click in it first), and when you do get focus, the bloody window puts itself on top!
Most people seem to think that this is OK (obviously they're too used to this crap), but what really pisses me of if that none of this stuff is user-configurable! Yeah, you can download some widgets from M$ to change this (apparently), but in this corporate environment, users don't have install rights on their PCs.
"WIndoze is everywhere" say the proponents of this shit. Well, all I can say is that ubiquity is no reason to accept mediocrity.
And I won't even start on how useless Outhouse is as an email client...