Please, oh, please do no take this as an attack, flame, or any other non-constructive article. It is simply an honest difference of opinion.

I agree in part. It sure would be nice to have more helpful things in our OSes. My difference in opinion with many is that it is an OS, not an end-all, be-all program. I am probably one of the few people who believe that the present iterations of our OSes do more than they should.

I think one that comes the closest to doing what an OS should do is Linux and I do not use it. I have never used it and most likely never will. I think that laziness is the culprit here. I am an expert at laziness, procrastination, and too much sleep as it is. I do have one excuse: I have an incurable disease that has placed me on permanent disability. But that should really do the opposite and make me fight that much harder. That’s where the laziness comes in!

Okay, enough of useless information; back to the OS issue. Folks tend to want an OS to do everything but take out the trash. I think it should start the computer and that is that. Other people who are imaginative, intelligent, motivated, and bent on making money should do everything else.

We have become lunatics when it comes to what we want our OSes to do. Make “THE” bomb, find the phish, have a news program, e-mail program, Internet program, anti-virus, anti-spam, and on and on. Not only that, we get angry when they don’t work the way we want them to.

Not only that, to add insult to injury, we then accuse the inventor of this program of creating a monopoly and stifling new and creative programs. This is the definition of a no-win situation. If I were the designer of an OS, I would say “okay, I’m done; do it yourself.” Owners of these programs have billions of dollars and give to charities – some of which you object to, of course.

I could go on and on and on and on and on and A shameless entry, for goodness' sakes! This is what Connie's new grandson looks like! (a shameless entry of my new grandson).

These inventors of the OS are sued for stifling competition. Hey, you got a better idea? Let’s see it!

My humble, and I do mean humble opinion is that an OS should be a raw program that utilizes the BIOS to give an understandable and visual means to use a computer. The rest is window dressing. If you don’t like the window dressing… don’t use it! This is the perfect opportunity for you to make millions and millions and zillions and zillions of dollars coming up with your better idea. Go for it.

Now, you have read enough of my articles to know that I am not a particularly confrontational person. I was born in the Netherlands, a country filled with love, and I was raised in Berkeley, another place filled with love. I own two Bichon Frises and believe the reason we are on this Earth is to have meaningful and loving relationships with other human beings. Please don’t flame me. Let’s have a good and constructive conversation on this subject.

Oh, forgot to mention, I am extremely open-minded and quite amenable to change my mind if faced with a good argument.

I do not know if my editor will print this since it is WAAAAAYYYY off my main subjects, but he’s a good guy and may even wish to have a substantive and interesting conversation on an issue that has been argued since the first Commodore made its debut.

Bottom line: We expect too much from our OSes, in my more than humble opinion. There are many, many programs out there that are better than the programs that come bundled with your OS. Those of you who are still trying to use Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and a program that I tested as a beta called Windows ME, STOP! Being cheap is not to your advantage. I believe Windows 98 is a good program, but I believe XP is the way to go at this time.

Well, I could go on and on, but until my editor requests such, I shall stop. Read this and give it some serious non-selfish thought.

Your friend and helpful computer user,
Connie Devine