Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 5 November 2001
Note: the comments below are the unabridged
submissions of readers and do
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From: Alan Waller For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: dsl pricing Whatever happened to the consumer guarantees act in the case of a residental DSL connection if it is proven that telecom is ripping off consumers, where are the Bureaucrats from the commerce commision to bring telecom back into line. From: Allister For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Telecom charter So, Telecom are being accused of money-grabbing with DSL. Let's not lose sight of the fact that this is just their *latest* method of money-grabbing. I am of the firm belief that Telecom set out to rip people off with most of their products. Only market pressure ever seems to bring them into line with reality. My *personal* experience with Telecom has shown me that they are (a) very clever about ways of fleecing the unwitting public, and (b) don't really care too much if you complain about it. Our politicians could do a lot worse than to employ the same spin-doctors. Remember, this is the "Kiwi" company who put domestic telephone rental up the same year they announced a profit of NZD$800 million. To me, Telecom is NZ's answer to Microsoft. They should combine forces and offer a new slogan: "How can we rip you off today (with 99.999% surety we'll be better off than you)? From: Brodie Davis For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Windows XP My computer is not "flying free" as the M$ adds suggest. I upgraded from windows 2000 to xp to take advantage of the "increased stability" and I have to say it has been anything but. Now I know I shouldn't have been supprised having run windows from the early 3.0 versions. But I have to say I can't remember windows 3.1 ever crashing. I may have just been a lucky one with my 386SX25 with 4mb of ram. But one would expect a P3 733 with 512MB of ram to be able to run XP fairly stably. But over the past 4 days I have had to reboot approx 14 times to get software back up. I am not running a exotic blend of software just my standard build since 1999 (winamp and ICQ) but those two programs seem to the be s/w that has the most problems (you decide on how coincidental that is). But it also whiped out the TWAIN drivers for my digital camera. The standard methods of aquiring the pictures failed and I now have to use the m$ supplied software (admittedly its not a bad bit of software but I will miss being able to import directly into photoshop). It now also has a very noticable I/O bottleneck. Everything seems to require access to the harddisk. A quite common occurance for me is having to copy large files onto the network or off the network. I used to be able to copy and work in my spreadsheets/word documents but that is not the case anymore. The system becomes unresponsive while copying (even on the same harddisk) so I have to wait the 30 odd minutes for it to finish before I can continue with my work. It has basicly taken what was bad about windows 2000 and expanded on it. If you do get sent a eval copy of XP burn it before you pollute your computer. I know I will be moving back to Windows 2000 when I get a spare half day. Aardvark responds: Bill Keesing suggested this URL which appears to suggest that this reader's experiences are not unique: Waiting for Windows XP (Infoworld) From: Tanya For : The Editor (for publication) Subj: Microsoft Wimps Out? Could it be that *gasp* Microsoft doesn't actually bother to read Aardvark, and therefore is blissfully unaware of the challenge?Now Have Your Say
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