Paranormal activity afoot on the interweb

November 8th, 2008 by jason Leave a reply »

Unless AWStats is lying to me, ghosts of operating systems past have been invading the basement where I host this blog, as recent as the past few days.  Take a look at some of the operating systems still crawling around the internet these days.  Good Lord.  Geek Squad, if you’re done fooling around in court with Mark Russinovich and Microsoft, you still have a few upgrades left to perform for your lagging consumers:


Let’s look at a some:

  • Windows XP – Well this is still a fairly current enough OS considering the Vista fiasco, and, that’s how I roll.
  • Windows CE – That’s pretty cool.  Trio?  Chip PC thin client?
  • Windows Server 2003 – I’m flattered my site is informative enough to be browsed on a server somewhere.  I could be a jerk and get some poorly written java applets served up but I gotta surf my own site too so I’ll keep it clean.
  • Windows 2000 – Your support ends soon my friend.  Hopefully you’re on Service Pack 4 at least.
  • Windows NT – A solid OS, but we’re starting to get a tad brave.
  • Windows Me – I didn’t know anyone was still running on this garbage two weeks after it was released.  What did you do to receive this punishment?
  • Windows 98 – Another pretty solid OS that I spent at least a few years on, but it’s time to upgrade.  Go to Best Buy and visit the Geek Squad.
  • Windows 95 – A major breakthrough in Windows technology and generally a fun time, but I wouldn’t want to repeat the experience.
  • Windows 3.xx – Seriously… you are my hero!  But why?  Using Trumpet Winsock?  Contact me with a digital photo of your Windows 3.xx setup and I’ve got P4 desktop hardware in my basement that has your name on it.  Offer valid while supplies last. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No software pre-installed. Your routable internet IP address must be supplied to prove you are the Windows 3.xx hits in my web logs.
  • ?Unknown? – I find it interesting that unknown operating systems handily beat out all versions of Linux combined.  It looks like Linux isn’t actually ready to take over the Windows desktop – again.

That’s it for now.  I’d better get rolling here.  Looking out the window I see Linux users with torches and pitchforks coming up my street.  I must get back to my 24 hour BCP exercise.  Problems need troubleshooting.  Heckfire, let’s categorize this as Virtualization.  I mentioned the lab.  Hopefully the readers will get a chuckle out of it.  Maybe someone will win the P4 desktop.


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  1. Adam says:

    Could awstats unknown OS be iPhones?

  2. Daisy says:

    I own both VMWare and Parallels. Even though VMWare is faestr, it has some drawbacks that leave me using Parallels instead.1. I use SecureCRT for Windows to access the character-based version of the back-office software my company resells. The software (SouthWare Excellence Series) uses keystrokes that VMWare doesn’t properly pass to the program, but Parallels does. (I’ll eventually get around to reporting this to VMWare to see if they can resolve it.)2. Parallels allows me to double-click a file in Finder and open it in a Windows program. This is important because a lot of my clients send me MS Office files, and it just saves time to be able to default to opening in Office XP.3. In Parallels, if I have a Windows program open, I can drag a file from the finder into the programs application window, and Parallels will translate the UNC path and open the file from the network . This also works in a file open dialog on Windows; just drag the file from Finder to the file open dialog, and it translates the path. The same action causes VMWare to copy the file to the Windows VM before opening it so I’m not actually editing the original, but a copy of it.Perhaps VMWare has improved some of these issues with its latest update; I just haven’t had time to test.