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Friday Fun + Windows XP for the long haul

Folks, one of my early Geek mentors was Fred Langa. Eagerly reading Fred’s The Langa List newsletter helped me to learn and come to have the understanding of Windows that I have today.

Fred retired, and turned his newsletter over to others and it grew into Windows Secrets. Fortunately for Langa fans, Fred has semi-un-retired, and occasionally writes for Windows Secrets again. Today he published Preparing Windows XP for the long haul, which is a thorough, A – to – Z primer for owning a Windows computer — XP or otherwise. There it all is in a nutshell. Check it out.

Microsoft’s support for Windows XP may be fading, but a loyal horde of XP users plans to stick with this venerable OS for as long as possible.”

And now for some Friday fun…
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zoo horn, posted with vodpod

and how about some action? Like movies? Like stunts? Jackie’s the man.
Vodpod videos no longer available.

Cinemassacre’s Top 10 Jackie Chan Stunts, posted with vodpod

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August 12, 2010 - Posted by | computers, how to, Microsoft, PC, performance, tech, Windows, XP


  1. TechPaul,

    I see you published my photograph (LOL). Hey, thanks for this. I was just talking to an IT Manager on this very subject (Windows XP). There are still numerous XP boxes out there everywhere; especially in the business (and government) world.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | August 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I suspect 32-bit XP boxes will be around for a long while yet.. whether or not the MS Support is. (Clock is ticking.) And they will continue to be the cyber-criminal’s playthings.

      I have said it here before: we are at a time of a shift in PC’s, and purchasing “a new computer” is more than just a new computer, it is a new way of doing business (64-bit).
      Can the “average computer user” see that change? Touch it? No. It’s “under the hood”. So it’s a hard sell…


      Comment by techpaul | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  2. Friday Fun, sure is funny, A MUST SEE you readers!

    …and Windows XP, hope the Long Haul is real looong… I like it better than Vista.



    Comment by Gaia | August 12, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Whenever someone tells me that they “like” XP better than Vista, I always ask them why. So I ask you – what is it you like better?
      (Vista can be configured to look and act like XP…)

      Microsoft will end product support for XP. They have admitted they can not secure it against today’s environment.


      Comment by techpaul | August 12, 2010 | Reply

  3. Good question Paul!…and I cannot tell you what I like better about XP.
    Giving your question more thought…I have Vista on my laptop, of which I do not use often enough to become really familiar with it. I stick to this re-furb desk top with XP-64. (not an accurate evaluation)

    Feels like it’s time to take a better look at Vista.


    Comment by Gaia | August 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      Thank you for your reply.

      Vista got a bad “rap” early on (largely unjustified) which was never overcome by Microsoft’s marketing department (but was well exploited by Apple’s marketing department)(in fact, Microsoft made no effort). But I used it since it’s earliest public beta, and never went back to XP.

      Vista was not perfect, and yes, it purposely broke some things in an effort to get us into the new era of 64-bit, non Run-as-Administrator, computing. Many of Vista’s ‘rough edges’ were polished with time (and Service Packs) but I understand why people would want to avoid Vista.. which for a while meant staying with XP.
      But Windows 7 voids that argument (IMHO).


      Comment by techpaul | August 13, 2010 | Reply

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