* Posts by Philip Santilhano

3 posts • joined 22 Mar 2008

We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

Philip Santilhano

What a crying shame

The "revered" editors should really have a re-think. I have gained much from reading your musings over time, and will be the poorer for not having access to them in the future. I wish you well.

Down with Unicode! Why 16 bits per character is a right pain in the ASCII

Philip Santilhano

Delphi backwards? I have a few choice unicode character for you!

Calling Delphi backwards ("backward" it should probably be!) shows a true ignorance of the language.

ASCII, Unicode 16 bit and UTF8, I just wish there was a standard that was universally accepted, and not rooted in the days of 8 bit machines.

Vista SP1 downloaders bite back

Philip Santilhano

No trouble at all

I installed Vista SP1 on a brand new Acer TravelMate 5720G 2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo with a 512 MB ATI Radeon graphics card and 2 GB RAM running Vista Business Pro 32 Bit. No hitches, no problems and no fuss. Retro fitting Vista on older hardware has proved to be a problem in the past, but we have had no issues at all on newer machines that are designed with Vista in mind. The OS has its quirks, but it beats the hell out of most flavors of Linux and the like. Try installing Linux on a laptop if you want real problems! I have lived through the same griping, whining and complaining from it would seem the same group of people about XP, Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT and Windows 95. The reality is that Microsoft, like them or not, provide a reasonably good OS that works without issue on the vast majority of devices it is intended for. If they are told about problems, they do their best to address them. On behalf of the millions of users who do not suffer any problems, and do not post negative and usually unhelpful comments on every public forum they can get access to, I have to say thanks for the SP1 upgrade, it has done its job.

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