bloatware (Re: Web site up! (GUI vs. CLI))

Jordan Hazen (
Wed, 7 Jul 1999 17:31:28 -0400

On Wed, Jul 07, 1999 at 08:19:33AM -0400, CountZero wrote: [...]
> At this point I really don't care too much, the fact that Windows (tm)
> is a bloated mess, likely impossible for any single human to understand,
> _it works_, it gives me what I want at the moment and I'm more than
> willing to throw hardware at it as long as the hardware is cheap since
> the alternative is to wait (possibly for a long time) to get the same
> capabilities in properly optimized code.

Well, you can always run a minority operating system like Linux or QNX or BeOS today, depending on application compatibility needs. There are plenty of nice choices out there, so I don't think we have to worry so much about "Human minds on Windows" when the time comes :)

I've sometimes thought that, for all of the headaches, Windoze and similar bloatware might actually be doing us some good in the long run, by accelerating development on the hardware side.

If Joe Average didn't feel the need for a 64MB PII-450 to run his latest word processor and web browser, such hardware might not be quite so cheap today :)