Windows 95 – We still have customers running it.

win95bboot A Windows 95 bootscreen. (A Windows 95B boot screen to be precise.)

Now I rarely get to touch customer PCs these days, as I’m not in an “”operational”” support area.

But we still have tight arses customers who still run Windows 95, so I get a support question from one of our people (who should know better).

Queue theme music: Entrance of the Gladiators. <- click for the music. “The PC is stopping with an error when the logon script runs”, from our customer support engineer, Fred Nuckle. Time to diagnose problem: 1 hour.


  • F. Nuckle was mapping a network drive (let’s say U:).
  • Running U:\foolish.exe,
  • and while foolish.exe was executing, unmapping the network drive.
  • So foolish.exe was going “what da fruitcake??” and causing an error.

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Better to have and not need… – on self reliance, and the lack of, these days

windowsvistaSpent the last day looking at Windows Vista Beta 2. It’s amazingly stable for a Beta program.

Things I don’t like:
* Office update doesn’t work
* Some programs which worked under Windows XP don’t work here
* Not a whole lot of driver support yet.

Things I like:
* Security is much better.

I’ve blue screen’d it once so far in 24 hours. By installing software I just knew it would barf at. System Restore saved me.

For a beta product, it’s good.

Better to have and not need, than to need and not have…
Saw this in a security presentation some years ago, and was reminded of it when Cyclone Larry barrelled though parts of Queensland.

When I was living in the north, I used to keep a “cyclone kit” with 2 weeks worth of supplies. Soon as a cyclone watch was declared, straight down to the local servo to refuel both cars. Rest assured, if a cyclone was going to hit, it would be straight into the cars, heading down south.

Miranda Devine sums it up:
Australians, especially outside the big cities, used to pride themselves on their self-reliance and resilience, forged in a hard, unforgiving land. Now, according to images beamed back to Sydney, they have become helpless victims. A category five cyclone comes to town and it’s all the fault of Queensland Premier Peter Beattie and Prime Minister John Howard.

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