Originally Posted by Maine_Coon
Do you mind bringing up your authority reasons so I can shut my mouth and go away with my tail between my legs?
Did YOU do it 100 times?
Sorry, that wasn't supposed to be a smackdown. (I don't even own a folding chair.) I don't think that my experiences discredit yours or anyone else's, so that's not what I meant. However, I do have a somewhat inordinate amount of face time with Windows and I trust the things I've seen because I've seen them soooooo many times.
I worked at MS for almost a decade, almost exclusively in the Windows and networking side of the house. Altogether, I've installed Windows versions from Windows For Workgroups through all the XP flavors a few thousand times if I've done it once. (except MCE) I've built out computer labs with 50-200+ computers, and then run testbeds in those labs that required every imaginable combination of windows installations, uninstalls, upgrades, rollbacks, intentional corruptions and recoveries, daily build installations, debug versions, private bits, etc, and I've provided technical training for hundreds of people on subjects such as most flavors of Windows, TCP/IP, 3rd party networks, PC hardware, and MS-DOS. On top of that, I worked around people that did this for a living as well, so I had the benefit of their shared experience to boot.
And that was just at work. At one time I had a 7-foot tall, 350 pound (when empty) data center server rack filled with dual CPU PCs in my living room
just so I could run a bunch of dedicated Quake II servers. I did this via a 2 megabit SDSL connection (2 megabit both ways) back when the phone company didn't even offer DSL to consumers
... dual-channel ISDN was as good as it got for the home enthusiast at that time. (That's 128k, baby!)
So, I've been around the Windows block a few times.
Man, writing all that brought back a huge flood of memories! Here's a tip for you from my Quake II days ---- If you're really good at the FPS you play online, set your player's name to "a 14 year old girl" and get ready to make guys go completely insane. The match will start with, "Wow! You're really a 14 year old girl? Cool!" and "I'll take it easy on you." Things change fast after they've had their fill of death messages like, "BlackDeath was killed by a 14 year old girl", SkullCrusher ate a 14 year old girl's rocket", UltraMegaTuffGuy's head was blown off by a 14 year old girl". The same guys will be screaming, "YOU F*@#%ING BITCH!!!!!" and then logging off of the server. It's really pee-your-pants funny to see.