Tom, no sense shaking your fist! :) Yeah, I made all those steps, starting
with OS2. No, starting with DOS. XP is a great system, and as somebody
suggested in this thread, enough push-back may convince MS to extend
support. Didn't that happen once before? The install base is enormous.

Not to make like an IT analyst here - not one - but it has worked out that
Microsoft OSes that were meant for home hobby users got taken up by business
almost immediately. I mean Windows 95 once it got proper networking. IBMers
in the North East were mostly using 98 by the time OS2 died out (that in
part because all the customers were using Windows). This ginormous company
was willing to pay MS for the honor of abandoning their own invention. Our
site was kind of an outlier, and we went from OS2 to NT - a much better
product than 98, but not as plug&play, so more support-intensive. But, when
we were folded into the bigger corporate structure, we downgraded users to
98! It was what corp IT was supporting. The point is it was good enough and
universal enough that it was better. After NT, MS must have reasoned that
there was no point in making different amateur and professional operating
systems, and focused on one platform to serve them all, with small changes
in emphasis and intentional limitations to differentiate the products. I
guess it didn't make sense to offer a business desktop without the frills.

And, yes, IT is a cost to business. In the late 90s to early 00s, as the
reliability of new hardware rapidly increased and cost decreased, the cost
of maintaining the staff to maintain the older machines grew higher than the
cost of new HW. That better HW is part of what drove advances in OS, a
symbiotic deal. Platforms were rapidly turned over, and I was soon turned
out. Me and 14,000 other redundancies that day. It's a dog's life in the IT

I love the idea of old stuff remaining useful. But the question of
newer/better is an individual thing. If I had a buck for every hour I've
spent attempting to rescue data off a friend's old machine that was "working
fine just last week," I could buy a MAC.

Now, indulge me a minute to consider the question of cost. Thirty years ago,
in pro audio, we spent at least $1000 to buy just about anything that was
important, and that's worth about $2700 today. That thing might have worked
for 30 plus years and still be useful now. But it did only one thing. One
thing. The low cost of PCs and OSes, matched with their stupendous utility,
have spoiled us into a skewed sense of value about everything. Obviously,
the powers in Vermont should just buy Andy a whole new studio rather than
wasting his time on half-measures like this. Can I get a witness?

-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Tom Fine
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:44 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The end of Windows XP? So What !!!

Hi Carl:

For most corporate everyday tasks, there was enough user interface and
computing power back with Windows 2000 (an update of WinNT that brought the
user interface in line with Win98, and improved many things). Most of that
power was brought into WinXP for home users, and XP Pro continued the
improvements for corporate users. So for most of us, there is no reason
except forced obsolesence to "upgrade" any further. In my opinion, only
someone with more money than brains runs out and gets every "upgrade." There
is now a long history of lardware, "feature-creep" and ill-conceived
"reinvent the wheel" disasters (like Windows 8, for instance). If something
works well, the wise man sticks with it until he's absolutely sure that
something better has finally come down the pike. 
Newer <> better.

In a business setting, IT budgets are basically massive cost centers unless
they are directly improving productivity and allowing machines to take over
work done by people. So, needless "upgrades" and needless hours wasted
re-training people on new software direct impacts the bottom line. In small
businesses like mine, it's money directly out of my pocket, twice (once to
buy the un-needed "upgrade" and once to use non-billable hours trying to
figure it out).

BTW, I didn't switch to XP until it was up to SP3. Win2K was serving my
needs just fine. By SP3, XP was clearly a superior operating environment and
could be tuned to look and act almost exactly like Win2K with some
ease-of-use improvements.

-- Tom Fine

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carl Pultz" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 10:16 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The end of Windows XP? So What !!!

> It's surprising how much mission critical corporate infrastructure runs on
> old platforms. When I was a tech at an IBM data center ten years ago,
> was tons of old junk running monitoring and disaster-recovery systems for
> big corps, with whining hard drives and irreplaceable hardware - disasters
> waiting to happen. I was amazed at the willingness of managers to roll the
> dice at that level with that much wealth on the line. I doubt that has
> changed, though older PC gear is much more capable now than what was old
> then.
> Anyway, for small shops it is reasonable to run old stuff isolated so long
> as you don't create more hassle with that than the effort of upgrades.
> a close eye on the HW and the 'restorablility' of your old box. Keep
> images, compatible maintenance utilities, and spare parts on hand. If you
> are only going to play in your own sandbox, that's fine. If you need
> that are portable, or you need to interoperate with other environments or
> people who have moved on, then it's good to stay conversant with newer
> formats, interfaces, and standards. Unlike tape machines, there isn't
> usually anything endearingly better about older computer gear, and
> are deductible business expenses.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Dan Nelson
> Sent: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 11:59 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] The end of Windows XP? So What !!!
> So what if MS  stops security updates for  XP.....
> I have xp pro running on all of my stand alone audio work stations...
> of them are on line !
> Just like 10's of thousand corporate computers are running XP  isolated
> the internet as long as XP runs the existing internal programs MS dropping
> support doesnt matter.
> My work stations are running Intel I3 with 8 gigs of ram .... more than xp
> knows what to do with  but they run 12-18 hours a day and never blink.
> Just run XP off line and  save the hassel of  finding replacement programs
> dnward
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