Today, another Microsoft Operating System ends its support life, Windows XP. Whenever this happens, I always find myself walking down memory lane. Microsoft has been a major part of my life. In high school, after I graduated from the typewriter my first computer ran DOS. I wrote my first BASIC program on that thing (it was lame) but I mostly used it to write essays. In university, I was exposed to Windows 3.1. It was one of the first graphical interfaces I ever played with. I still remember spending long hours in my Biomechanics lab plotting the body movements of a Jump Shot I filmed. Now I kind of wish I kept that project but it was stored on 3.5” floppy disks, I wouldn’t even be able to access the information. We’ve come a long way baby.
After getting my B.Sc., I moved on to Seneca where I begin my journey in Technology. I was taking the Computer Programming and Analysis program. At this point, Windows 98 was the latest thing. This is where I developed my fear of upgrading. I had a habit of holding to the old and shunning the new. School exposed me to different Operating Systems (hello UNIX and Linux) but I liked the graphical interface better than the command line for everyday use. It was there that I learned Windows 2K from an administrator’s point of view. Oh the memories of Windows labs and performing installs and setups over and over again. 2K became my OS of choice for many years, even after Windows XP came along in 2001. It was only at end of life that Windows 2K was pulled from my cold dead hands and I was thrust into the world of Windows XP. I liked XP, with the switch of a button it let me pretend that I was using an older OS and the new shock wasn’t hard to get over.
There were number of OS variants after Windows XP that I paid no attention to. XP suited me fine as I transitioned into the workforce after school. Most places I worked for ran Windows but one shop was an Apple shop. It was during this time I learned that I wasn’t an Apple person. The company gave me an iBook to work with and while the transition was pretty easy (it’s all same shit different day to me), I didn’t enjoy using the OS. I kept using Windows XP at home. I started this blog in 2005 on XP.
In 2010, the Windows XP love affair ended abruptly. I was in New York City for a Dell event and they gifted me a new laptop. I was so excited; this was my first laptop! It was 17 inches and not the easiest to carry around but who cares. There was one problem; the new laptop was running Windows 7. While I was happy it wasn’t Vista, I brainstormed the pros and cons of downgrading the laptop and putting XP on it. My irrational “Stick with what works” brain was going into high gear but thankfully the cons of XP outweighed the Pros. Not to mention that reinstalling an OS is a time consuming process that had already eaten precious moments of my life for years. Windows 7 was an easy transition and I laughed at my irrational fears. My history of OS panics was decreasing as I aged.
So now you know my long history with Microsoft Windows. Those of you still running XP, saying goodbye isn’t hard. Think your home computing space and how that will change once you are running an OS build for today’s technology developments. XP came out in 2001!!!!! It’s a dinosaur. You aren’t using the 1st gen iPod anymore, why hold on to XP. If the security risks (http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2014/04/xpocalypse-now-windows-xp-support-has-ended/), don’t get you to upgrade maybe $100 credit to the Microsoft Store will help.
How To Participate
So I have 3 $100 credits to the Microsoft Store to giveaway. This credit isn’t like a gift card and it can be used one time only.
1. Enter by leaving this comment on this page or tweet me at @geekigirl with your favourite Microsoft Windows story. It can be good, bad or funny. Spent days staring at the blue screen of death? I wanna know.
2. To be eligible for the prize I need a valid email address – this will be kept secure and private and will not be published.
3. Submissions must be received by Wednesday April 10, 2014 11:59AM EST. If they come in after they will not be in the running for the prize. The winners will be selected randomly from the submissions.
I’ll announce the winners on April 11, 2014. The winners will be notified via email and/or twitter.
1. The contest is open to residents of Canada
2. I reserve the right to change anything if I have to.
3. There are no prize substitutions. If you cannot take delivery I will pick another winner.
4. I will accept 1 entry per person.