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Microsoft's New PC Advisor


Posted by Non-Hamster on October 20th, 2008

I read recently that Microsoft is putting out a new "pc advisor" and the first thing that went through my mind was "I am not a hamster, my PC doesn't NEED M$'s advice anymore than an Intel board needs Mac memory"

Reading further, I see that it was of course, serious instead of being a joke that it sounded like to me.  One person commented that there would be useful advantages to something like that.  He gave the example of people frequently asking him why their machines were slow.

He said that something that could spot the problem and tell users about it in language they can understand would be helpful.  The problem is that's easily more of a problem than a cure.  Take the example he provided where a user's system would give a message like this:

"Your system is running slowly because Microsoft Outlook and Norton Antivirus are both trying to use your hard drive at the same time. Quitting one of them would speed up your computer."

There's entirely too many people out there who just want to use their computers and have them work.  They don't know or care about how it works anymore than most people know about the inner workings of their cars.  Entirely too many of these people would decide "I really need Outlook to work better so I'm going to shut off Norton Antivirus".  (and I won't even touch the part about how they should be using Thunderbird, Claws Mail, or just about anything OTHER than Outlook!)

Go ahead, tell me that wouldn't happen a thousand times a day.

I dare you to ask tech support experts if I'm right.  I think most will agree with me.

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2 Comments

  1. Steve Holmes on 20.10.2008 at 23:49 (Reply)


    I aggree with you 100%..

    Steve Holmess last blog post..

  2. Tilly on 21.10.2008 at 10:30 (Reply)


    I’m afraid that I happen to be one of those people that do not know much about the inner workings of the computer that I use.  I did however suffer through getting a worm in my previous computer and would never give up anti-virus protection, now that I know.  Some family members helped me get the Firefox program for internet access, helped me discard the use of Outlook express, and I have never regretted the decision.  Getting useful information helps, but blank statements where your computer expects you to make an informed decision, when you are not informed will just make more business for the computer repair people.  Computers are not idiot proof. If you are still basically analog like me, you need idiot proof to get anything done.

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