The Failure of Proprietory Software

December 13th, 2010 - 01:19 pm ET by chrisv | Report spam
So here I am at work, contemplating our recent trend of replacing
"dumb" serial terminals with Windoze PC's.

Admittedly, this does allow more flexibility, but, on the other hand,
we now have to support these fragile, high-maintenance, expensive XP
machines, instead of the dumb terminals, which "just work".

My peeve of the day? Our old dumb terminals have programmable
function keys, which can save a lot of typing and errors. With
Windows, if you want this functionality you have to spend like $120
for some overkill (also does telnet, ssh, rlogin, etc) software.

Gee, wasn't some troll just telling us the "lack of market-based
coupling between user priorities and developer priorities with OSS
development models"? (cough ZnU cough)

By what magic force, I wonder, if not "market-based coupling", did
FOSS manage to satisfy my needs, while proprietary software failed?

BTW, these PC's, including legal Windoze XP, cost about $200. These
are decent machines, too, with Northwood P4's and a Gig of RAM.

On GNU/Linux, the functionality that I need is there and is free, in
programs like gtkterm and minicom.

On Windows, I need to spend over 50% to get the same functionality,
and then there's virus scanners, backup software, and Windows itself,
probably making the cost about double the Linux equivalent.
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December 13th, 2010 - 03:04 pm ET | Report spam
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"chrisv" wrote in message
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So here I am at work, contemplating our recent trend of replacing
"dumb" serial terminals with Windoze PC's.


My peeve of the day? Our old dumb terminals have programmable
function keys, which can save a lot of typing and errors. With
Windows, if you want this functionality you have to spend like $120
for some overkill (also does telnet, ssh, rlogin, etc) software.


On Windows, I need to spend over 50% to get the same functionality,
and then there's virus scanners, backup software, and Windows itself,
probably making the cost about double the Linux equivalent.



Have you ever wondered why your employers do not seem to heed your advice?
Why they do not seem to recognize your wisdom? Well it is because you are
an idiot, of course, but you do not seem to understand that. Some simple
and quick search for a hot-key programming aid yields dozens of freeware
offerings. See http://www.autohotkey.com/ as an example.



What sort of idiot would think that it costs $120 to get programmable
function keys on Windows?

Only someone as stupid as "chrisv" of course.

Queue some other idiot to come along and "me too" how it costs $120
(chuckle) to get programmable function keys.

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