How to spot a Windows fanboy 16 February, 2007 — Stuart Brown
Clinging desperately to sinking ships
I was chatting to a friend (and long-time Windows supporter) on MSN earlier today - he was looking for a utility to extract .RAR archives on Windows. I thought there was an obvious (and easily obtainable) option - but, apparently not so much.
Identities have been changed to protect the stubborn.
- Bill: Hey, have you got a RAR decompressor?
- Me: Not installed. Why not just install the trial edition of WinRAR?
- Me: http://www.rarlab.com
- Bill: I can't stand WinRAR - every time I've installed it it's f***d my computer, and I've had to reinstall Windows.
- Me: Works fine for me. Maybe you had a bad experience?
- Bill: I wish everybody just used .ZIPs or .CABs - they're supported natively by the OS
- Bill: Is there anything else that can decompress .RARs?
- Me: Not sure. Maybe some freelance apps
I never did get a satisfactory answer to that question...
Don't get me wrong, I'm not dissing Windows - I'm pro-Vista and a Windows user myself (amongst a plethora of other operating systems) - but sometimes it pays to be OS-agnostic. If my install of Windows played up as much as my acquaintances' apparently does, I'd switch to Ubuntu in a flash.