J. Greg Mackinnon wrote:
> But seriously, folks, is there real point in trying to avoid SP2? It is
> going to get on your system eventually. Resistance is futile, you will
> be assimilated (especially if you turn on automatic update).
> Of course, you COULD leave automatic update off, and continue to run
> manual updates for the next year, at which point MS will de-support XP
> SP1, and you will have to update anyway. (Or you can just choose not to
> run updates at all, and get infected by the next umpteen trojans/worms)
We [engineering/math/cs computer facility] used to tell people that if
functioning application software was important
to them, to wait until the second service pack before going to a
new MS operating system. However, this SP2 disabled so many functioning
applications that advise no longer applies.
In marketing, there is a concept of the lead user, defined below with
url. It seems to me that lead users and microsoft disciples are the
ones to discover all of the benefits/bugs with the latest MS products.
Not the professor with a working application and a grant deadline to meet.
The concept of 'Lead Users' was introduced by Eric von Hippel in the mid
1980s. He defined the lead user as those users who display the following
They face the needs that will be general in the market place, but face
them months or years before the bulk of that marketplace encounters them.
They are positioned to benefit significantly by obtaining a solution to
The part of this businesspersons like is that lead users are willing to
spend more money in order to get a more functional product. Sometimes
they are will spend more time getting it to function as well. Some lead
users just don't have the time to waste debugging things and some do.
Some hire income-expense technical support people to make things work
and everyone benefits down the road.
Service Pack 2 is a bit more mature now and less troublesome and more
of the workarounds are out there and available. But you won't see the
engineering labs with 50-60 applications moving over during the peak
load of a semester. Functional suicide.. We'll wait until Greg has
most of the problems worked out..