Windows XP is comfortable but it is time to move on

I help people sometimes who still have Windows XP and this is written to explain why although they are comfortable using XP, it really is time to move to Windows 7 or Windows 10. Or even a Mac!

I get it. Times are tight and why upgrade a computer if it still works? In fact, it’s not just the cost of a new computer but the time it would take to move your files and settings, and make sure it works properly. That does cost time and money and what is so great about a newer version of Windows? The reasons below are why it is time to move.

  1. Security. Windows stopped supporting XP months ago and that means that it is vulnerable to hackers and people who want to take advantage of you. “But I have anti-virus software and don’t go to any bad places on the Internet!”, I hear you say. It doesn’t matter anymore if you do that. Malware is more than just viruses and you can get that from going to big name sites like Yahoo or anyplace. You don’t even need to install software anymore, you can just get malware from using the Internet. This would place all your personal information on your computer at risk, and they could watch everything you do on your computer like they were standing over your shoulder.
  2. Privacy. Ok. You don’t have personal information on your computer like Credit card numbers or financial information. You have it saved somewhere safe like Box. That is fantastic. However malware can also build a history of where you visit and what you do on your computer and then use that information against you. At the very least, the people who do this sell that personal information on you and make money on you without your permission.
  3. Reducing the threat to others/legal implications. When your computer is taken over it becomes part of a bot-net which is used to attack other computers or hold companies hostage. This can and will be traced to your computer, and then there you have to deal with the legal implications of this. Did you know about this happening? Did you take steps to reduce this from happening? Why get involved in all this drama if you don’t have to?

There are more positive reasons why you might want to upgrade such as faster usage, additional features, or being able to use and install new software that might help you. I love voice control software myself. It is awesome to be able to speak to the computer and it types out what you tell it.

I know its hard to upgrade but just like we put locks on our doors and watch our surroundings at the ATM, it is necessary to keep us safe.

Swiss make swiss cheese of the ALPS

Source: Gotthard Base Tunnel – Herrenknecht AG

This article is in-depth and discusses many of the problems and solutions they found to create this groundbreaking tunnel. It is a feat of engineering, that had 8 unfortunate deaths as well. However it will save lives due to less traffic and less impact on the environment in the future.

Besides saving an hour off of the trip between Zürich to Milan, a trip I’m sure all of have taken, it will probably be cheaper as well. Since the trip doesn’t require climbing the heights of the mountains, it won’t require helper locomotives which mean less equipment and fuel. They also haul more freight and do it faster than current standard practices. Nicely done Swissies.

So what is impressive about this besides everything is that this kind of major infrastructure work which took decades of planning was done. This was probably more complex than the US interstate road system, yet it was still attempted. Isn’t it amazing when we can as a culture create such technology as this? I admit you have to be a bit of a nerd to want to read all of the link above, but I did and was glad. I didn’t fully understand everything like some of the details, but who is ever going to understand everything? You can still appreciate the thought and effort and how many lives it will change for the better.

For example the article said that the current transportation was really difficult due to the ALPS current roadways. Now this is going to make a measurable change in people’s lives. Plus tunnels are kind of cool. They not only provide shelter, but also provide a great service in simplifying logistics. Things like this make Elon Musk’s hyperloop seem more real and possible.