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What outdated technology are you still forced to use at work?

2 years ago by spacepopper with 11 comments

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  • spaceghoti
    +13

    Windows 7, because Windows 10 isn't even close to being a stable enterprise platform and Windows 8 forces you to treat your desktop like a tablet.

    Frankly, I'd rather just ditch Windows altogether but no one ever listens to me.

    • IridescentOak
      +4

      Ayy, finally someone who understands my issues with Windows 10. Everyone I know gushes about it, while I'm just like, "What about this says 'reliable' or 'stable' to you?" When I briefly upgraded to Windows 10, all it did was break my computer multiple times with numerous bugs.

      What do you use as an alternative for your personal computers? Linux? MacOS?

      • spaceghoti
        +7

        I prefer Linux, but working in IT means I use and support Windows. I've supported Windows from 95 through 10, and none of them have given me headaches like 10. When updates break sys prep and your documentation doesn't even acknowledge it, there's something seriously wrong.

        • IridescentOak
          +6

          Linux, gotcha. Reason I'm asking is because I've been looking into alternative operating systems recently, and I was just checking if there was some other good option I was overlooking. And I completely agree with your opinion on Windows 10; it just has too many problems to be appealing to me as it is.

          • spaceghoti
            +7

            If you're looking to dip your toe then I personally recommend an Ubuntu variant like Kubuntu or Mint. They're very robust and typically work straight out of the box for most hardware. It's harder to get reliable support for bleeding edge hardware but anything over than a few months is typically covered.

            • IridescentOak
              +5

              Mint is actually the precise version of Linux I was considering getting. It's nice to have a recommendation for it, thanks! :)

            • SuperCyan
              +2

              I personally recommend an Ubuntu variant like Kubuntu or Mint

              Man, I wish we could recommend regular Ubuntu, but the unity launcher just kinda kills it at this point. I've tried to use it, but I just could never come to like it.

              Mint is definitely a good distro, though.

            • spaceghoti
              +3
              @SuperCyan -

              I've never liked the original Ubuntu distro, but I found KDE extremely easy to learn and configure. That's why I usually recommend Kubuntu rather than the base Ubuntu. I also think Lubuntu and Xubuntu offer excellent alternative desktops although I also tend to install the Flux desktop on anything I run. It appeals to the minimalist in me since I don't build a computer to stare at the desktop. If all I want is a platform to run the applications I want, minimalist is the way to go.

  • drunkenninja
    +6

    Fax machines. I just don't get it. We have email, we have scanners, we have HD cameras...

  • Nutikaspu (edited 2 years ago)
    +5

    Not at work but at school every computer runs windows xp- which isn't so outdated but still it's old.

    I recall one teacher's computer running windows 95, She couldn't understand why we were laughing all of a sudden.

  • Maternitus (edited 2 years ago)
    +4

    In my teenyears, the 80's, we had a joke explaining to kids what a book is. "A pile of faxes." How can we explain, well, a pile of faxes for the now-kids? A pile of emails sounds so 2D. So, not real.