Re: [NTLK] OT - MS OS incompetence (was The OQO should have been the new Newton?

From: Jim Witte (
Date: Thu Jun 06 2002 - 04:33:01 EDT

> I maintain my wife's PC, and she often
> complains that when waking up the computer, the screen doesn't come up,
> or
> trying to logout, something seems to be stuck somewhere,

   I get that too, running Win98SE on a Compaq Presario 1270 laptop.
Can't figure out (and don't want to put in a half day figureing out) how
to get the 'save to disk' feature in the BIOS to work without
reinstalling the default Compaq Restore CD which installs all manner of
@#$@% on the disk, and gives me that stupid 2GB recovery partition that
doesn't even seem to WORK! Anyway, when I just tell Windows to stand-by
in it's low power mode, the power light starts to blink, as I think it
should, but when I hit a key the disk spins up and the light stos
blinking, but no screen, or at most a blinking DOS cursor. Sometimes
it'll come back to life after a few minutes, sometimes now.. Must be
the position of the Oort cloud..


> creationism n.: The (false) belief that large, innovative software
> designs
> can be completely specified in advance and then painlessly magicked out
> of
> the void by the normal efforts of a team of normally talented
> programmers.
> In fact, experience has shown repeatedly that good designs arise only
> from
> evolutionary, exploratory interaction between one (or at most a small
> handful of) exceptionally able designer(s) and an active user
> population --
> and that the first try at a big new idea is always wrong. Unfortunately,
> because these truths don't fit the planning models beloved of
> management,
> they are generally ignored.

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