Opinion: Why I Won't Be Buying a Pocket PC
by Mike Cane

Copyright 2003
by Mike Cane.
All Rights Reserved.
Exclusive to PalmInfocenter.

Let me be the first to denounce myself. I never really wanted to buy the first PalmOS PDA I owned, a Palm III. No. I wanted one of the first-generation "Palm-sized PCs," the now long-dead Everex Freestyle.

Although I'd read about Palms since the original Pilot (a friend and I both marveled over Pen Computing magazine's photo of a Newton next to the original Pilot -- the Pilot was so appealingly tiny!), I didn't think I could get much use from one. After all, it had a pathetic 128K of RAM and, worse, no word processing program. As RAM increased, I remained skeptical -- Memos were limited to 4K. My daydreams are longer than 4K!

When I happened to have the money to buy a PDA, I had to settle for "second best" -- the Palm III. I had no real choice -- I was still using a Mac at that time and the Everex Freestyle could not sync with it.

It wasn't too long after my purchase that I learned that my "second best" choice was actually the best choice. The Everex Freestyle was revealed to be a dog. Even worse, its OS was a dog with a fatal disease! But you have to hand it to Microsoft's massive PR machine: They can sell death to the living -- and they often do!

Let's fast-forward. I grew increasingly frustrated with PalmOS. Like many power users, I kept running up against its shortcomings -- the Clipboard limit (still there!), no fonts (still none!), no 240x320 screen (still none in color for the general public today -- and the CLIE NR/NXes do nothing for me), no file system (still none -- and if Microsoft had sold DOS without a file system, Macs would rule today's desktops), et cetera.

For months and months I had been looking at Pocket PCs. But they were all ugly or bulky.

Until Toshiba appeared with the Audiovox-branded Maestro (nicknamed "Vox" by its owners). Not only did it address all of PalmOS's shortcomings (while adding MP3 and good video too!), it had two slots (SD/MMC plus CF) and it was small, sleek, and gorgeous. I wanted it.

But real-world issues outside of the scope of this essay sapped all of my discretionary income. (Don't ask.)

This, however, did not prevent me from making a nuisance of myself at my local CompUSA, where I could play with their demo model Vox -- a lot! (I was known as "Who's That Guy Who Comes In Here Every Day But Doesn't Buy Anything?" Their version of "Dances with Wolves.")

And then came the Toshiba GENIO 550G, with a 4" screen in an extremely-sleek case -- and still with two slots! Wonderful!

And now what is supposed to be the Uber-PPC for the general public, the hp iPaq 2215. (My CompUSA nickname has since taken on religious overtones: "Him Again!")

Such temptations. Had money been available earlier, I'm sure I would now own a PPC and not be writing this column -- much to my regret!

What happened was this: pictures of the Tungsten T3 were leaked. Finally, a 320x480 screen in a single non-flip & twist unit -- and with a Palm SG label! And then The Bomb dropped: Textmaker will be coming to PalmOS!

And yet -- OS 5 kills all Hacks. I have no use for Bluetooth. If only it had 802.11b. . . Plus, what's with this sliding business again?

Still, it inspired me to stop and think. What was it that I really liked about PalmOS? And what was it that sickened me about Pocket PC?

PalmOS still has the best scheduling program (the built-in Date Book) for my needs. I never knew I even needed a scheduler before using the one in my Palm III. Now I can't live without one! On the other hand (no pun intended), I find PPC's built-in Calendar clunky, thoughtless, and confusing. And third-party replacements for the Calendar are -- in my opinion, research, and limited testing -- not much of an improvement. Even worse, PPCs can sometimes forget to sound a scheduled alarm! I just can't risk that. I've grown too dependent on machine-assisted scheduling.

On the PPC, there's word processing. . . sort of. Pocket Word does not play nice with its desktop daddy. And although TextMaker will rectify many Microsoft omissions, wouldn't that just be like buying, uh, TextMaker for PalmOS?

I could go on compiling a catalogue like this, but it gets tedious and it's a task many others have detailed in message boards, newsgroups, websites, ad nauseum.

So let me cut to the three -- yes, just three! -- things that prevented me from making the final leap to Pocket PC. Two of these I have never seen discussed anywhere else. And then I'll conclude with a final, metaphysical, point.

1) Beaming Frustrations
Like many other aspects of PPC, this is maddeningly unreliable. I've been to several gatherings of PPC owners (if not actual PPC cultists) and it has really been a rare event that IR transfers work flawlessly the first time. I've actually witnessed attempts that repeatedly failed, and no Beaming could take place at all! With PalmOS, successful Beaming between PalmOS devices is easy and is the norm. Failure is rare.

2) Poor Screen Mapping
Tap-and-Hold (TnH) is a really nice feature but there's no way to set a delay before it kicks in -- and it occurs when and where it shouldn't. I've had TnH come to life when I'm trying to grab the slider -- why wasn't that area of the screen mapped off-limits? What TnH options exist over there? None! I've had it pop up when all I'm trying to do is select some words (more on this, next), requiring me to lift the stylus and begin again. What a frustrating waste of time! If I could set it to delay for just one or two more seconds within certain programs -- but no, that can't be done. There is no such option available.

3) Selecting Text is Hell!!!
Yes, that deserves three !s, as you will see. This item requires audience participation -- I've been shocked and awed to learn that not every PalmOS device owner knows of this feature.

1) Open Memo Pad.
2) Create a New Memo.
3) Enter this sentence of four words: These are four words.
4) Now, I want you to double-tap on the word "are" to select it -- but do not lift your stylus after the second tap.
5) Now, again without lifting your stylus, slowly slide towards the word "These." Well before you even reach the "e," the entire word "These" should be selected.
6) Now, again without lifting your stylus, slowly slide back over the word "are" and towards "four" and then towards "words." If you did it correctly, those entire words should be selected.

Isn't this how text-handling on any PDA should work -- simply double-tap/drag? With PPC, that doesn't work at all! You have to slideslideslide the stylus across letters, not only praying that you selected what you intended (you usually don't) -- but also hoping that the damned Tap-and-Hold prompt doesn't pop up to interrupt!

And that double-tap/drag text selecting feature you just used in Memo Pad? -- it's built-into PalmOS and works in virtually all applications (ironic exceptions noted here)! In fact, such word selecting, via a keyboard, goes back to the days of dedicated word processors -- well before Microsoft even existed. So how could something so elementary -- so historical and traditional -- have been omitted from Pocket PC? There was even PalmOS to show Microsoft how it's properly done! Didn't they look?

I don't expect the three flaws I've just listed to matter to current Pocket PC owners. But I think they might matter to an experienced PalmOS device owner. They matter to me.

And now my metaphysical point. . .

While re-reading My Predictions for the PalmOS Platform in 2003 essay, when I re-read item 10 -- "The OS People Use, Like, and Trust Every Day" -- I realized that was what I also believed. Although virtually everyone with a computer uses Windows every day, I think few would admit to ever feeling any affection towards it. And I'm not sure that even Microsoft itself trusts its own creation. Conversely, there are Mac owners still using "obsolete" hardware and old, old, old versions of the MacOS -- for two key reasons: they like it and they trust it. Now show me someone having a similar experience with Windows 3.0. Or the original Palm-size PC. (Admit it: the very idea makes you laugh! If Bill Gates was reading this, he'd laugh too.)

Since I'm bound to be misunderstood, let me emphasize my points:

  • I still think PalmOS needs plenty of improvement.
  • I still think the Vox, 550G, and 2215 are great-looking devices, but that's due to Toshiba's and hp's industrial design, with no credit accruing to the PPC OS itself.
  • I could never feel affection towards the PPC OS, nor could I ever have any trust in it (how could I, when it can't get right just the three minor -- yet essential -- features I've listed above?).

So, I'll be staying with PalmOS, with my goal of getting that incredible Tungsten T3. It's cute (great industrial design), I can (mostly) trust it -- and between PPC OS and PalmOS, I think it is PalmOS that has a brighter future. Because for both Palm Solutions Group and PalmSource, PalmOS is their main business, not a half-neglected hobby from an arrogant company that is too busy with many other half-neglected hobbies.

And one last important thing I believe: That whatever happens with Pocket PC (and I don't expect much to happen), there will always be -- either in hardware or software -- something better running on PalmOS.

Ironic Text-Handling Exceptions
I've been told by developers of PalmOS word processing programs that the double tap/drag convention must be added anew to their programs. Palm never defined a standard for long text files, so each developer has had to create its own text "container." Unfortunately, in doing so, some have -- foolishly, in my opinion -- left out the double tap/drag convention. I hope the developers of Textmaker for PalmOS will incorporate it. It is, of course!, not present in Textmaker for Pocket PC.

Full Disclosure
Composed entirely in Memo Pad using not-invented-by-Xerox classic Graffiti on a monochrome Sony CLIE S320 running not-invented-by-Microsoft PalmOS. I could not have composed this as easily -- as enjoyably -- on a Pocket PC. Believe it -- I earned those CompUSA nicknames!

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Enjoyed reading your thoughts.

amin @ 7/24/2003 8:16:45 PM #
Palm OS is more dependable, but I think PPC may be more fun. I'm sticking with Palm for now. Love my Tungsten|C! Wish there was a Palm-branded option with BT and 320x480 screen in an m515 form!

e740 and T|T
RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
Sweetlu @ 7/24/2003 10:48:26 PM #

Improvements for T3. Kill the slider. Use T|C buttons, stereo output, and price it below $400. Forget about the camera lens. It will blow away every except for the Zire 71.

Casio B.O.S.S --> M100 --> vX --> M505

Yankees, Steinbrenner,...... I will never turn to the dark side.

RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
Honey @ 7/25/2003 2:51:25 AM #
I fully consent, too!

I can only warn people that have been using PalmOS (and eventually Psion before) to go and buy a Pocket PC. I did it (Dell Axim 5) and the only consequence is that I spent a huge amount of money for software that all can't one moment compete to my palm software.

I think I will sell my Axim as soon as possible and go back to Palm, even if it has to be a Sony Clie (actually, I never wanted to buy a Sony because of this ... Memory Stick, but for me color and in the first place the virtual graffiti are crucial). I don't have it yet, but I can't wait to sell my Pocket PC and to do real work on my palm again! I'll keep my Handera too, so for the cases when weight is of importance, I think I can do without multimedia and use my greyscale (virtual graffiti field) Handera.

I think it's really true: Palm was developed and constructed for mobile users and Pocket PC is a meagre copy of a desktop version, and this is to be experienced with almost any software I have tried. A PPC is not much more than a (really expensive) toy and the software (at least the lot I tried and I tried a lot) is nice to look at, but not nearly as fuctional as Palm Software.

I was really disappointed by Pocket PC and I'll won't look back for a minute (after my Axim is sold!).

Former Psion-User

RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
heavyduty @ 7/25/2003 3:29:10 AM #
I owned the Axim Advanced (my first and only PPC), but sold it after two months and I haven't looked back ever since.
RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
icarus @ 7/25/2003 6:33:56 AM #
I totally agree.

This 320x480 (or why not even getting it up to 640x480?) kind of MiniTablet, with BT and NO slider, NO keyboard, No other gimmicks is exactly what I am waiting for too.

presently using T|T - waiting for 320x480 VG Design with Bluetooth (No clam-shell, no keyboard)

RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
Haber @ 7/25/2003 7:46:59 AM #
In my experience, Palm OS 4.1 has not been as dependable as I'd have expected. Palm OS 5.x may be more reliable (anyone have info on this?), but Palm still ships units with Palm OS 4.x. While it doesn't crash on a daily basis, it crashes at least once a month, enough times for me to worry that the system is not dependable. And as it doesn't have a file system, I'm constantly worrying that some detritus is taking up precious memory, or that some file clutter is slowing down the system.

RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
trophyofgrace @ 7/25/2003 9:13:51 AM #
Honey, I'd be willing to buy your PPC. Let's say, oh, $.50? Seriously, email me. I know of someone who wants one (don't ask me why)...

Tyler Puckett
Palm m505 and m125.
64MB SanDisk SD Card
dtuttle @ 7/25/2003 11:22:05 AM #
I have a T|T, with a Palm V upgraded to OS 4 before that. I've found OS 5 to be _much_ more stable that 3 or 4. I'm constantly experimenting with new apps, and I develop on the Palm. However, the T|T has required a hard reset maybe once since I bought it.

RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
dhibbitts @ 7/25/2003 1:30:25 PM #
I agree with your comment regarding form factor, almost. The m505 and m515 are close but still are too thick. Palm had it right with the Vx form factor. My dream is for Palm to one day release a device with the specs of the T3 in a Vx form (with the universal connector, of course). To make my point, hold a Vx in your right hand and any other PDA in the other. The feel of the Vx is just right.

Daniel Hibbitts
Ann Arbor Palm OS Developers Group
Ann Arbor Palm OS Users Group

RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
twalk @ 7/25/2003 2:10:22 PM #
"In my experience, Palm OS 4.1 has not been as dependable as I'd have expected. Palm OS 5.x may be more reliable (anyone have info on this?), but Palm still ships units with Palm OS 4.x. While it doesn't crash on a daily basis, it crashes at least once a month, enough times for me to worry that the system is not dependable."

In my experience, it's not the OS that crashes, it's the programs. PalmOS doesn't have any protection from a crashing program crashing the entire system.

(This is something that PalmOS 6 is suppose to fix.)

RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
cypher76 @ 7/25/2003 4:28:00 PM #
dhibbitts wrote:
"To make my point, hold a Vx in your right hand and any other PDA in the other. The feel of the Vx is just right."

The Vx form factor is definitely not "just right". I have pretty normal-sized hands, and the V-series is too wide for a normal hand. The device I upgraded to after my Palm V was a Sony S320, and the smaller width coupled with the additional depth (about what a Palm V would be with the leather flip-cover) made it much more comfortable to hold than a Palm V.

RE: Enjoyed reading your thoughts.
Altema @ 7/27/2003 10:18:13 AM #
"The Vx form factor is definitely not "just right". I have pretty normal-sized hands, and the V-series is too wide for a normal hand."

Have to agree with you there... the V and M5xx series is the best form factor for pockets, but a little too wide for the hand. Loved my M515, but the T|T is more comfortable to hold.

Testing 1.. 2.. 3..

abosco @ 7/24/2003 8:47:28 PM #
Testing.. nitro boosters, check. 90 WPM, check. Constant eye movement, check. Auto-ska recognition software, installed. ALL SYSTEMS FULL SPEED AHEAD.

I've got your back, bro. Welcome back. I only had to make fun of you, what, thirteen times? ;)


RE: Testing 1.. 2.. 3..
Lucky Bob @ 7/24/2003 10:38:24 PM #
I can't wait to see ska's comments...

(Why do some people say you can kill two birds with one stone when it's hard enough killing one bird with two stones?)
RE: Testing 1.. 2.. 3..
AzureGuy @ 7/25/2003 1:16:04 AM #
Does anyone know where you can find some sort of Ska-type anti-pest spray? I'm pretty sure I had some around here somewhere......



RE: Testing 1.. 2.. 3..
Lucky Bob @ 7/25/2003 11:44:56 AM #
Lol :)

(Why do some people say you can kill two birds with one stone when it's hard enough killing one bird with two stones?)

OS Love

kezza @ 7/24/2003 8:48:38 PM #
"Now show me someone having a similar experience with Windows 3.0"

Actually, I can. We pried my mother's Apple IIe out of her hands somewhere around 1995. We replaced it with a beige windows box, running 3.0. She still uses it. She will probably continue to use it until we pry it out of her cold, dead hands. She loves it, possibly more than the Apple IIe. It does exactly what she wants, and she never has to fight with it about anything.

"Well, if it isn't the leader of the wiener patrol, boning up on his nerd lessons"

RE: OS Love
Altema @ 7/24/2003 11:58:01 PM #
The most difficult OS for me to put to rest was Apple's SOS, which was upgraded to BOS in December of 1994... a full decade after Apple put the Apple /// to a premature death. We had it from 1987 to 1999 and never lost files for 12 years. It's still in a special travel case inside a metal cabinet for safe keeping. The family has started bugging me to bring it back out again.

RE: OS Love
AzureGuy @ 7/25/2003 1:17:40 AM #
My Japanese teacher in High School had a classic apple (the monitor built-in kind) with a monochrome screen and all original accessories including printer... He used that for our grades and everything he needed to type up, etc..... We kept on making fun of him for it, but now that I think about it, why replace it if it does everything you need?

RE: OS Love
mikecane @ 7/25/2003 1:09:02 PM #
>>>Now show me someone having a similar experience with Windows 3.0"

>>>Actually, I can. We pried my mother's Apple IIe out of her hands somewhere around 1995. We replaced it with a beige windows box, running 3.0.

I'm not touching this at all. You expect me to comment on your *mother*?!

RE: OS Love
mikecane @ 7/26/2003 9:33:55 AM #
Well, I will ask a question to clarify things: You are sure it is Win 3 point OH and not Win 3 point ONE?

RE: OS Love
tthiel @ 7/27/2003 8:38:20 PM #
Your mom is an idiot.

RE: OS Love
helf @ 7/27/2003 10:29:05 PM #
um. No his mom isnt. Older people use what they understand how to use. They dont like change much. Least my grandparents dont. And if it works and does what she wants then why upgrade? Contrary to what companies want you to believe ,you dont always need the cutting edge tech.

RE: OS Love
mikecane @ 7/28/2003 6:49:55 PM #
>>> Your mom is an idiot.

tthiel, that was disgusting.


s_n_m @ 7/24/2003 9:03:21 PM #
Why would you possibly want a low res screen over a high res one? 320^2 is standard and looks way better than any PPC screens.

RE: 240x320?
abosco @ 7/24/2003 9:06:27 PM #
I agree, but my alternative suggestion isn't 240x320, but 320x480. 320x320 still turns out to be too small. I'm sure he'll mention something about White Castle hamburger meat. The problem with QVGA in a 4" screen is that the grid is so visible it's disturbing. 320x480 combines the high resolution of the 320x320 screen with the size of the 240x320 screen. No doubt this is the best screen when it comes to visibility, as there are no grids, and small fonts are still readable, unlike 640x480 in the same size.

How come no mention of the trademarked "handgasm" along with the e550g?


RE: 240x320?
hotpaw4 @ 7/24/2003 10:44:20 PM #
someone wrote:
>Why would you possibly want a low res screen over a high res one?

A low-res display consumes far less power, and costs less also. Thus the low-res option allows a PalmOS solution provider to offer lower cost models with excellent battery life. Very important in the entry-level segments of the market.

RE: 240x320?
macshimidh @ 7/25/2003 12:02:25 AM #
There's another factor in PPC's screen implementation which I seldom see discussed. From my experience of trying to learn to like a Dell Axim for a month, one of my greatest disappoinytments was the poor utilization of the extra screen space.

The majority of the software I tried put a non-collapsible menu bar above the application window, and often added a second menu bar at the bottom of the screen. Net result-- comparing the device side-by-side with a Palm, it provided a scant few extra millimeters of display for the actual program contents. In text-intensive apps such as ebook readers and word processors, the higher resolution of the square Palm screen would often match or exceed the ammount of info the rectangular screen PPC could display.

This problem is more an issue with PPC developers and does not represent an inherent limitation in in the PPC OS, and there certainly were a few apps which did take advantage of the full screen. However, for around 85% of the 120+ apps I tried, the extra screen length was a wash.

RE: 240x320?
macshimidh @ 7/25/2003 10:01:48 AM #
You're missing the point-- I wasn;t talking about the text input area, but rather the menu bars that so many PPC developers insist on including which eat up the extra screen space. Coupled with a lower res. QVGA display, it's a bit of a let-down transitioning form a high-res (320x320) PalmOS device. One of the things I was looking forward to was much more info displayed on a single screen, and for the many programs, it just didn't pan out.

RE: 240x320?
mikecane @ 7/25/2003 2:01:54 PM #
What's interesting is just how amazingly *tiny* controls can be on that 320x480 screen. Compare the "ControlBar" beneath Soft Graffiti area with, say, the Formatting Bar of Pocket Word. Sony squeezes more in a smaller area.

Alas, Sony also makes some on-screen controls *too* small. Hawkins & Team made some controls intentionally large in their designs so you could hit them with a thumb or fingernail. Sony CLIE controls -- especially in CLIE Camera -- really require the stylus point.

RE: 240x320?
Pony99CA @ 7/30/2003 3:03:47 AM #
s_n_m wrote:

Why would you possibly want a low res screen over a high res one? 320^2 is standard and looks way better than any PPC screens.

What's ironic is that screen resolution was one of the issues the Pocket PC camp used against the Palm camp back when Palm was stuck at 160x160. However, people still used Palm devices. Why was that? Because they liked other things about the Palm OS enough to overlook the screen resolution.

The 240x320 resolution limit is one of the current frustrations about the Pocket PC. Maybe Pocket PC users are doing the same thing now that Palm users did in the past.

By the way, Windows CE devices aren't limited to 240x320; for example, the Samsung Nexio allows 800x480. Of course, it's not the size of a Palm or Pocket PC, either.


Silicon Valley Pocket PC


jaimemv @ 7/24/2003 9:20:58 PM #
I agree with you, very good coment.

well- rounded

babsknupp @ 7/24/2003 9:58:43 PM #
Well-rounded article. I own PDA's from both platforms, but definitely prefer Palm OS, and my Tungsten C is my primary PDA that I keep all my appointments in. I definitely like the scheduler functions way better in Palm. PPC has some interesting areas, and yes, Palm OS has its moments of frustration, but I personally find it a preferable platform.

RE: well- rounded
Gremmie @ 7/30/2003 3:51:26 PM #
It was good, well rounded and thought-out. I prefer Pocket PC for one reason which is hard to dispute, multi-tasking, I spend too much time looking at meeting notes, a calender, and a contact all at once, but, PalmOS 6 will definatly get consideration.

agreed all around

kisrael @ 7/24/2003 10:08:17 PM #
That was a good essay, and not afraid of admitting that PalmOS has some pretty bad quirks. Clipboard limit and 4K memos are both just retarded. But it is still the most comfortable and reliable OS. The comparison to old Mac stuff is very apt.

I guess I'm not the only one

Spydermn @ 7/24/2003 10:39:18 PM #
Your article makes me feel better, I just sold my Dell Axim because the company I work for has given me a Palm M505. I basically used the Palm for work & the Dell for fun. Hoping they will let me ebay the 505 & pitch in a little and buy the Tungsten.


vesther @ 7/24/2003 11:00:35 PM #
....a Palm Powered Handheld is the way to go because of its stability, dependability, and ease of use. With the right software installed....you can actually use Word and Excel (plus PowerPoint) Documents much better than a Windows Mobile PDA.

I'm glad that you're going to stick with a Palm-Powered Handheld. If there's a good Palm-Powered Handheld for you, think about the Zire 71, or better yet, the Tungsten T2.

Established Consumer Palm Handheld Possessor since 2002

RE: Well.....
Altema @ 7/25/2003 12:09:10 AM #
Mike already has his mind set on the T3.

RE: Well.....
73939133 @ 7/25/2003 12:41:01 AM #
a Palm Powered Handheld is the way to go because of its stability, dependability, and ease of use.

My PalmOS 5 handheld crashes with regularity, usually when using Bluetooth or WiFi; and when it crashes, the whole handheld reboots. It's just like the old DOS days.

As for ease of use, that's a mixed bag: the basic PDA applications on Palm are still very good, and there are some really nice third party apps out there, but just about everything else has become a big mess.

I have been using Palm since the beginning, and I am not going to switch to PocketPC. But, frankly, I think PalmOS is an embarrassment as an operating system.

RE: Well.....
AzureGuy @ 7/25/2003 1:23:02 AM #
Personally, I have the ability to crash just about anything on a regular basis. Except for my old Palm IIIxe... Then I fried it in a freak motherboard destroying accident... Still works to this day, even after being toasted nicely!

Got an m125... I hated that thing, and still won't recommend it even for a bargain model. Reminded me of running Windows ME. CRASH, CRASH, CRASH, CRASH, BUG, CRASH.

Tungsten|T isn't that bad unless you're trying to surf the net over bluetooth, then I still have plenty of headaches (it locks up quite nicely often). But otherwise, OS 5 is stable for me. Since I was able to fix my digitizer issue (surgery is FUN) I haven't had any major problems, and everything works fine :) I was gonna get rid of my T|T, but now that it works, I'm gonna hold out for a WiFi SD card.

As for blaming the OS, and calling it an embarrassment. I wouldn't say that. The IMPLEMENTATION has issues (PalmSG in particular) and that is where the embarrassment should reside. My Windows XP machine suffers from a consistant (but appears to have something to do with Windows XP updating it's network printer drivers from the machine with the printer installed) crash of Winlogon.exe which takes explorer.exe down with it (sympathetic crash).

In this instance, I'm more likely to blame user error (I'm the person who set up the entire network, and installed windows on each machine, but only mine is maintained properly, so I'm the one to blame).

And you want to talk about embarrassing OSes? Windows ME is GARBAGE. PocketPC 2002 is CRUD, we only recently discovered to get my boss's WiFi to work properly, you change the settings in the network dialog, then shut off the unit, then when you turn it back on it works... WHERE'S THE LOGIC IN THAT??? It isn't even EASY to configure the network stuff.... Palm OS is SO MUCH more easy, it's right up there with my standard, which is Windows XP/2000.


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