ZOMG! Windows!

by john on December 17, 2011

I haven’t touched a Windows computer in many years. OK, I have a virtual machine with XP installed, but it’s a clean install with no cruft and I basically only use it to verify browser stuff.

My dad, though, has two Windows computers, a laptop and a desktop, both running XP from, oh, six years ago. It is like the dark ages. In our house he needs to use wifi. That means that for his desktop, he needs to use a wireless USB adapter.

Among other things, you can’t just plug it in and expect it to work: You have to install with a CDROM. That’s WORNG #1.

Then you get this funky configuration screen just for that adapter, and it supplants your normal Windows settings. WORNG #2.

Then it belabors everything. The scan for SSID’s is amazingly slow. Then when you pick your network, it wants to show you every damn setting, and exposes the fact that it’s WPA, etc. A nightmare. WORNG #3.

Then it is so to get itself established after a reboot. WORNG #4.

So it’s just garbage. I guess I should count my blessings that I could but a device “Certified for Windows 7″ and see that it works on XP.

Meanwhile . . . email. Outlook Express, ZOMG!!

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