Reader and subscriber Choppy Cusachs, also a member of our local computer club in Baton Rouge, wrote me with some thoughts on Windows 98 Second Edition and Microsoft’s end of support (July 11, 2006).
I’ve been concerned, as I said in a post on the Clickers
Conference, by the impending end of Microsoft support
for Win98SE. It is not that I expected Microsoft to fix
the major problems, like not taking into account the
amount of memory on a system for assigning resources,
or doing better garbage collection, as the computing
bible calls it. I can reboot every couple of days with no
net loss of time. I can even boot to SafeMode to be
able to defrag. It is that other vendors are following suit.
Zone Labs says the next round of Zone Alarm Security
Suite won’t run under 98SE.
I’ve had quite a bit of grief with my wife’s laptop, which
runs WinXP, so I am looking elsewhere. Yesterday
I got a printer that will work with Linux, so that I can
dual boot for a time and do mail and surfing in Linux.
Got a surprise in Romania. Took along the card reader
for my Olympus cameras, with intent to download the
pictures we took to computer and back up to a little
jump drive, just to be safe. XP didn’t recognize the
reader, so had to go to the Olympus web site and
download a driver. Thought the big difference between
XP and 98SE was that only the latter needed a driver
for every attached device.
Would appreciate your reflections in the letter when
you get time and a bit of free space.
First, let’s talk about the other vendors dropping support for Win98SE (and Win98 and WinMe).
As I see it, this really isn’t a game where the other vendors can carry on without Microsoft. Some issues really have to be fixed in the operating system, if they’re going to get fixed. I don’t think any of the large vendors, the ones who are announcing that they are dropping Win98/98SE/Me support, really want to take on the task of meddling in the Operating System.