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Who’s King of Computers?

  1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
    Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago

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    My first computer was a "built to specs" SX 486x with 160 MB hard drive and 4 MB RAM. It had a pair of cute little speakers and it ran Windows 3.1. When Windows 95 came out that same year; I was elated!

    Now times have changed and so have computers. Those of us who have witnessed this evolution can’t help but wonder where it all will end (if it will all end.) You have those loyal Apple fans who would rather eat dust than change to a PC and you have the same lot in the PC world.

    Just who (in YOUR opinion) is KING COMP …?

    1. ronbergeron profile image91
      ronbergeronposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Linux. RedHat/Fedora has been my primary OS for about 14 years. I go back to Windows to run Photoshop for the times that GIMP isn't quite enough, but otherwise go weeks/months without running Windows at home.

      I do run Windows 7 in work. It's in a virtual machine running on my Fedora desktop. I do that for convenience to maintain simpler compatibility with Outlook, Word, and Excel along with the Active Directory tools that aren't available for Linux.

      1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
        Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        So, is it safe to say that you are basically a PC person, just not a Windows fan?

        1. ronbergeron profile image91
          ronbergeronposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I've never had Mac, so I don't have any basis for an opinion about them.

  2. lisavollrath profile image89
    lisavollrathposted 2 years ago

    I've used both Mac and PC, but at home, I'm a PC girl, and always will be.

    I have a Dell desktop right now. It's my second Dell, and, for the most part, I've been very happy with it. Last year, the hard drive started to die, so I had it replaced, and when the repair shop installed the new one, I asked them to install only Windows 7, and the drivers necessary to get everything working. With all the extra bloatware from Dell removed, it's now the perfect machine.

    Sadly, I tried to replace this desktop with a new one from Dell. Blue Screens of Death, three or four times a day. Corrupted files, bugs and errors that were so numerous, it was like playing Whack a Mole to get rid of them all. I worked with it for two weeks, and then returned it for a refund. I told Dell that I didn't think it was my responsibility to do a major bug hunt on a brand new system. I won't be buying another one.

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I've had Dell, HP and Compaq (who HP bought) and I've always loved the Dell best. But I did get one Dell lemon. I have found that within the first year ... if you have problems during the first year period ... then you have a problem system. Overall, Mac is greater but I can't afford one. They have a closed architect so its harder to create clones.

      I think your experience with that Dell was a bummer! I would have been upset too.

      My latest loves are the mini desktop Dell Inspiron and this Dell laptop Inspiron that I am banging on now with it attached to a 24" monitor extended. I think Windows 8 sucks but they have improved with the Windows 8.1 upgrade. Window 98 was my all time favorite followed by Windows XP and Windows 7 Ultimate.

      Love my PC!

  3. Snakesmum profile image88
    Snakesmumposted 2 years ago

    Sometimes you just get a lemon, no matter what the brand, when you buy a new PC.
    My last PC was returned to the manufacturer within three weeks, and they said there was nothing wrong with it.   Hah!   Several technicians and a few hundred dollars later, it finally worked.
    Not for long though - in the next twelve months it killed two HDDs so it had to go.
    Now I have a Hewlett Packard, and it works just fine!
    Never had a Mac, so have to say I'm a PC girl.  :-)

    As to operating systems, bring back Windows 7, I say!

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I hear you! I agree with you 100% about getting a lemon no matter what the PC. I've had an ongoing love affair with HP (Hewlett Packard) and Dell for years but in the end Dell won out. Now when it comes to printer ... HP "hands down" as a winner!

      Now when Windows 8 first came out; I was totally unimpressed. Windows 7 was the closest thing to my beloved Windows XP. I really, really loved that old XP. I still have one but it seems to be slowing down all the time. Luckily, I was able to get a replacement 17" Dell Laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate. I still even have my computer with Windows 98 on it and it works fine. Its an old Compaq, now how is that for a hard working system! I bought it back in 1999!

      I've always wanted a Mac but just couldn't see myself coughing up the money when I could get a PC at such a reasonable price. Besides, I used to do tech support for Gateway so I know the systems!

    2. The Examiner-1 profile image83
      The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I had nothing except H-P's for a while and thought that I would continue with them, but unfortunately I had to buy a low-priced e-machine's for my current one. Luckily I must have picked a good one. When I can afford them, I will go back to H-P's. I have used Windows 7 for a while without upgrading, it works fine.

      1. PhoenixV profile image80
        PhoenixVposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I had an emachine for years and then even added some ram and it lasted for another couple of years, until the fan started messing up. It ran pretty much non-stop for years. After that I bought another, only it was a refurbished small form 500 dual emachine, for a 100 bux and its going on two years and runs great. My biggest problem is I got plenty of computer and not enough internet speed.  I would gladly take a 80 gig junker with lowly 512 ram - only with fiber optic internet.

        1. Sed-me profile image81
          Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I believe HP's only allows English postings.

          1. PhoenixV profile image80
            PhoenixVposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            What, too many run-on sentences?

            1. Sed-me profile image81
              Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Just a lot of pretend words.

              1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
                The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Do you speak computers? I understood it fine.

                1. Sed-me profile image81
                  Sed-meposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Actually, that was the joke... I don't speak computers and he obviously does... quite well. smile

                  1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
                    The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Sorry. :-)

        2. The Examiner-1 profile image83
          The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I have AT&T U-verse and it seems fine. I have had no problems with the for one thing.

          1. PhoenixV profile image80
            PhoenixVposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I was wondering if U-verse was good, thanks.

            1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
              The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

              It is on a phone line instead of cable. I do not seem to have the problems which I had with the cable. I am not sure, but the cable may only run to certain areas while the U-verse may travel to more areas. If you want, I can give you a link to their online site and you can check them out.

            2. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
              Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

              It's okay ... I've had issues with it. I've gotten discounts on my last 4 bills.

              1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
                The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                You have had issues with the cable or the U-verse? I had problems almost every day with cable, I have not even called U-verse cust. serv. once.

                1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
                  Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  It was with the actual Uverse "transformer" or whatever they call the equipment at the site. My computer, telephone and wiring were fine. At least 5 different technicians came out and replaced everything including the router and that did not solve my problem of interruption of service. Then one final smart tech realize that it was ATT's equipment at their substation and NOT mine. That really put me off but I continue to use their service because of the willingness and courtesy from customer service to billing to technician.  Now that's SERVICE!

                  1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
                    The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    When it was at their end I received online notice(s) and just had to keep checking again in certain time. I did nothing.

            3. lisavollrath profile image89
              lisavollrathposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              I have U-verse, with no phone line. It's on a dedicated line that's just hooked up to the router. The service is pretty reliable, and the speed is good. God help you if you need to call customer service, though. It's brutal.

              1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
                Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                There were problems with the transformers. It kept going out and I would lose both my phone and Internet. I was very professional with them and quite knowledgeable too! When it works it's satisfactory but when it doesn't it's highly disturbing! Still, I love my PCs.

              2. The Examiner-1 profile image83
                The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Lisavollrath,
                The phone line seems better and I have not called cust. serv. once. Seems like no problem with weather like with cable.

        3. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
          Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Oh my ...80 GB? Wow ... I'd fill that puppy up in no time. Now if you want to talk about Internet speed, I miss Comcast. I have ATT U-verse and well ...

          1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
            The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I only have 4 G's, split 2 and 2, and I still have room.

          2. PhoenixV profile image80
            PhoenixVposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Yea, 80 g does not sound like much, but I came home one day to find my nephew had downloaded the Library of Congress on it. j/k sorta. But after that (and a destructive restore) I began to just keep everything stored online. Flickr, notepads etc etc. Youtube has all the music I need etc. That way if I get a new computer or do a destructive restore, lightning, tornado, I dont miss a beat.

            1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
              Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

              That's one heck of a download! I always keep an eagle eye on my grandson when he comes over and wants to use my computers (my bread and butter) with the threat of human sacrifice :-)
              It's just too easy for kids to download junk that takes rocket science to remove.

              Parental controls ... c'mon!

              1. PhoenixV profile image80
                PhoenixVposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Yea ya gotta watch them, they will turn a 500 dollar computer into a 50 dollar boombox/video game lol

                1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
                  Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Please, tell me about it! This is the very reason why I gave him one of my computers. In the hope that he would learn the "care and feeding" of your computers. My "girls" are like my family :-)

      2. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
        Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Oh yes, e machines. Every one I've ever bought I have fixed them up and sold them to others. I've had about 5 but would never keep one.

  4. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 2 years ago

    I started with PC's, but made the switch to a Mac and the blue screens of death are a thing of the past.  I'm a Mac girl forever.

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      She's a Mac Girl forever! I hear you ...

  5. clivewilliams profile image77
    clivewilliamsposted 2 years ago

    MICROSOFT for simple reasons

    1. Consumer market
    2. cheaper computers
    3. hackers love them

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Now you are broaching a subject that really gets my goat ... hackers! If a person is so dad-gum good with computers ... why take pleasure in ruining someone's life by infatuating their computers to work mayhem! Somebody needs to get a life ... and preferably NOT MINE!

      1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
        The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I use Avast! and it always warns me when there is malware, plus it has removed it.

        1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
          Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I have that on my new laptop. McAfee is on all my computers and it is constantly scanning. I just don't understand people who put so much work and effort into doing something illegal when those talents should be put to productive measures.

          1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
            The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Because it is fun for them, they think that they are geniuses, and they like the dares and risk of "the game".

  6. Phyllis Doyle profile image92
    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago

    Well ... I was going to say Writer Fox is King of Computers.

    Window XP is the best system I have worked on and I hate to see that MS dropped it, no longer support it.

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
      The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I stick with Windows 7 now, have had no problems and not updated when given offers.

    2. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I will agree with you 100% on this. I have had to retire my XP computer because for some reason it seemed to work slower and slower. May have been just my imagination but who knows. Windows 7 is a very good substitute, though. Internet Explorer needs some fine tuning.

      1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
        The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I tried IE but it kept messing up, so I had switched to Firefox but sometimes that did not work. I tried Chrome and have been with it for a while; usually without updates.

        1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
          Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Funny you should mention that. I just got off a 3 hour phone call with a Microsoft Technician. I have Office SharePoint on my computer and it doesn't work with Internet Explore in changing some photos on my website. Imagine that ... Internet Explore not working with a Microsoft product!!!

          Well, the tech never could get it to work so he had to install Firefox so it would. Ha, now tell me what this says about the product?

          1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
            The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Um, that it was not made for IE? I have not used my IE for years now. It just sits there doing nothing and updating itself. Once in a while I use Firefox, but in general I use Google Chrome. I use Office Word all of the time and I could try it with IE to see if it works.

            1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
              Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

              The problem is once they upgraded to IE 11 things started happening. Microsoft is the provider of my website so their products are support to work in sync. Oh well ...

              1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
                The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                I do not even know what mine is up to...

  7. taiwokareem profile image85
    taiwokareemposted 2 years ago

    you get a job in microsoft if you manage to hack into their security system. so i have herd from many people

    1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I believe that! I don't even think their own techs know what they are doing sometimes ... let me rephrase that. Some of those tech are on the money but it just depends on who you get and whether or not they can speak English.

  8. Snakesmum profile image88
    Snakesmumposted 2 years ago

    Haven't got a clue what version of IE is on my PC, as I never use it.   Suppose it updates itself with the other Windows updates though.

    1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
      The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I never use mine either, I just see the updates come in and I think the last one was 11. I am not sure.

    2. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
      Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You know, I really love my PCs but I wonder if the Apple crowd has as many issues with their computers as we do. I sure would like to know.

      1. The Examiner-1 profile image83
        The Examiner-1posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I put it up as a question plus some may see it on here.

        1. Snakesmum profile image88
          Snakesmumposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I don't think Apple do have as many problems.   Their system seems to be less subject to hacking, and BSODs, from what I've heard.   Have never used Apple myself.

          1. Jacqueline4390 profile image88
            Jacqueline4390posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I have never heard any complains from Mac users. I used it in college but never bought one.

 
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