After spending my workdays dealing with software and computers, the last thing I want to do is sit down in front of my own home PC. Sometimes I just need a break! But, alas, it’s unavoidable: downloading and sharing pictures of my kids, printing stuff for my kindergarten-teacher wife as she gears up for the upcoming school year, and online banking all force me to use my desktop.
Recently, I realized that I haven’t done a backup of critical files for a while. Backups are something I check for routinely when working on Spitfire client sites. How embarrassing that I hadn’t kept up with my own professional advice and ensured backups of my files!
To my chagrin, a backup was no easy task as the DVD-RW drive wasn’t even able to read discs, let alone write to them. With limited time and after a few failed attempts at troubleshooting, I abandoned this path and backed up to an external hard drive.
I couldn’t help but wonder what had gone wrong with my trusty machine. Maybe it was time to consider a new machine. After all, it is over 8 years old (way past the average lifespan) and is still running the bullet-proof Windows XP. Yes, I said Windows XP. Maybe now’s the time to consider new hardware and a modern operating system like Windows 8 or the cutting edge Windows 9 Windows 10!
I was now fixated and amused at Microsoft’s latest Windows versioning anomaly. Windows version naming has an odd history. Windows started with 1, 2, and 3 then switched to year of release with 95, 98 and 2000, then changed to names with ME, XP, and Vista, then back to numbers again with 7 and 8. Surely they know how to count. Windows 9 should be next. What happened to Windows 9?? Scouring the ‘net turned up quite a few entertaining rumors and conspiracy theories:
- Third party legacy apps routinely checked for the OS version it was running on by seeing if it started with 9; this code would now confuse the new version with older Windows 95 or 98.
- There is Xbox One, OneDrive and OneNote, but Windows 1 was already used so 10 was the next best option.
- Why not Windows X instead of 10? Then there could be Windows Y and Windows Z and oops! No more letters…
- Like the childhood joke, they skipped Windows 9 because seven ate nine.
- Number 9 is considered unlucky in Japan. Microsoft skipped Windows 9 to avoid any acceptance issues in this large market.
- They don’t want the next version to be associated in any way with the unpopular Windows 8, so they skipped a number to distance themselves.
Regardless of when I do decide to retire my XP machine, the next device will have Windows 10. It was officially released last week and has a slew of features that will set it apart from the Windows 8 path and back on the Windows 7 track that received much better acceptance.
I look forward to getting acquainted with this new OS version soon and then testing our Spitfire Project Management System on it. After all, my home computer may be out-of-date, but we always ensure that our current software works on the newest Windows OS.Tweet