Originally Posted by emacs72
i've been using Windows since 1992 and, within the hundreds of thousands of hours of use, your list of issues negatively impacted my computing tasks for, perhaps, a few hours per decade
. in other words, the Windows OS is fine.
But in a much wider scope. I used to manage Novell servers, many of which had hundreds of hours between outages. As soon as we implemented Active Directory we had to move to mandatory reboots on the Windows servers on average once a week. I've been actively using Windows since 1990 and sporatically prior to that. I was one of those guys who did some independent development in the background to bring more customization and features to Win 3.0 - until I found I could make more money in tech support for Windows. I had all of my Wndows installs tricked out to cover pretty much every issue out there (TG for Win7 - it has allowed me to offline many of the work-arounds), including a "recovery box" on my home network that polled running state for my Windows machines, and reimaged the ones that were "broken". I've also had Macs since 1987 (MacSE, followed later by the SE/30) and while the early ones were nearly as challenged as Windows for networking and vulnerability, my Macs since OSX have run much more smoothly in all respects than my Windows machines, without of course my intervention.
And to provide a counter personal anecdote to your experience, my neighbor loves her Sony laptop. She buys a new one about every 18 months or so (at around $3000 per machine) because "it just stops working" We all know what that impact is, but she refuses blithely to allow me to adjust her setup to smooth out the rough spots. Ultimately she just loves getting a new laptop and doesn't care that she is bleeding money.