Wednesday, September 1

Windows XP Service Pack 2: The 10% Problem

Only "10%," eh? Most of the people to whom I've spoken who have installed SP2 ran into big problems. Of course, most of the people I talk to are tech-geeks who have tweaked their systems to at least some degree before installing the update.

A Microsoft guy said something in an article about "well, I'm doing fine with it," but who wouldn't if you've got the guy who wrote all of the code just down the hall? As of this point, I think that XP users should just leave well enough alone and stick with SP1a until all of the kinks have been worked out. Generally, if you've already got a firewall and related security parapernalia set up and running, there really isn't anything new provided by SP2 anyway.

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The Geek Code desperately needs updating, but in any case here's mine (as of 2010-02-28):

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