Ah yeah, I forgot about the AppData folders and stuff...
Tue Aug 23, 2022 4:29pm

I think those started with Windows XP, right? It's been forever since I've used it. But yeah, same issue. Everything gets clogged up in \Users\$username\** instead of /home/$username/**

That would be an interesting concept. You would need a pretty locked down OS for something like that to work. I wonder if Android and iOS phones work something like that? I haven't really ever looked into phone apps but they seem to be self contained and easy to flush out their cache and local data on the fly.

Windows 8 was a cool interface for the Windows phones. My friend had one, I actually really liked it. My wife's laptop came with Windows 8.0... oof, on a computer it was not fun. When 8.1 came out, it was a better but still not great. Thankfully she was able to upgrade to Windows 10 and that seems like it's been fine.

Thinkpads were the best. I still have mine from college (now with a very old version of Ubuntu on it). Mine is an IBM one (R51) from just before they sold it off to Lenovo (There's actually an NE news update from 8/18/04 about it). I haven't owned or used a Lenovo one, but I remember hearing that people weren't 100% happy with the quality of them compared to when IBM made them.

  • Windows has much the same problem with programs - Puckdropper, Sat Aug 20 2022 2:32am
    writing stuff where they don't need to. It's gotten worse now that Program Files is considered "write once" and you're supposed to store things like high score tables or recently opened document lists (I'm making stuff up) in AppData, a hidden system folder. That's too hard, so they just write it to... more
    • Ah yeah, I forgot about the AppData folders and stuff...- Erik_, Tue Aug 23 2022 4:29pm
      • I can't tell you why everyone seems to have a C:\Intel folde - Puckdropper, Thu Aug 25 2022 4:13am
        Guess the world's biggest PC microprocessor company (or second biggest?) can't figure out how to make their stuff work on Windows? It gets a little annoying having so many programs that haven't figured out the Windows system, but then again why is this so hard? Windows XP started really enforcing it... more
        • Dell used to do that too. - Erik_, Wed Sep 07 2022 11:52am
          I'm not sure if they do anymore but their device drivers would be in something like C:\dell. I guess they figure they want to keep it somewhere easy to find and completely separate from the OS related directories. Its interesting going back to my 486 where I have to use "dir /w" or "dir | more" on C:\... more
          • A good bit of it was C:\Program Files - Puckdropper, Thu Sep 08 2022 5:59am
            started to get locked down and Documents wasn't really the right place for things like device drivers. The users *would* delete them. [quote] Yep, exactly this. There would even probably be a StackOverflow question answered with "For what you're doing you should use fsave_manual. Using these parameters... more
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