[LINK] Rampaging bugbear
Sat, 05 Oct 2002 12:19:51 +1000
On Sat, 5 Oct 2002 02:47:15 +1000, you wrote:
>1. How many patches and service packs MS has released this year?
No patches for Outlook. Six cumulative patches for IE. One Office
service pack and one IE service pack.
>2. How aware the AVERAGE user is of same, and how much the AVERAGE
>user likes keeping up with same?
I would guess that the average home user is not at all aware of
releases of security updates or service packs. If they are running a
MS o/s that supports auto-update they may have some awareness of
updates being available and they may have even downloaded them.
>3. The limited amount of bandwidth that the AVERAGE user has on the
>Net, and the amount of time it would take them to find and download
>each and every update in 2002 that was pertinent to them.
If they are running auto-update they have no need to go out and find
and manually download them. Without auto-update the average user would
not even go looking.
>4. How many users eventually turn off the auto-update 'feature' in
>various versions of MS Windows and other software because it is
>consuming inordinate amounts of the above-mentioned bandwidth and
>their valuable time on the Net?
I have no idea, although I would guess that the average user does not
disable it. It is supposed to only run in the background when the PC
is idle and there is no net traffic.
>The bottom line is that when on the Net people tend to have a view
>that it is not just for updating software. They want to check out
>little number slike news, sport and entertainment.
People use their cars for shopping, entertainment, socializing. They
don't want to put them in for regular service but they know it is
necessary. Perhaps people need to get their PC regularly serviced
every quarter, (service packs installed, defragged, check that the
anti-virus is running etc).
>Excusing MS because it has made something like 60 bug fixes and
>Service Packs available in the last 9 months is not what I'd call the
>winning position of all time. :)
I am not excusing MS at all. I have to support their s/w every day.
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