Member Rara Avis
Ok - guessin' I'll be one of the first to admit that I'm a MS junkie!
Bill Gates is my hero! I wanna be just like him when (if) I grow up!!! Bugs, bad publicity, all the curses in the world don't stop him laughing all the way to the bank! (Actually, he probably has people go to the bank for him...)
I LOVE Microsoft products!!! And - I will say - for home use, I suggest Windows Me. I've been running it a couple of weeks now, and have noticed a large improvement. Some of the interface is a bit clumsy (why, oh why do they keep having to change the "New Folder" shortcut keys with every release???) But over all, I have experienced far fewer crashes, and several of my programs which had problems in 98 are running smooth as silk in Me. They have new games (about time!) The home networking is really simple now. And they finally have a few new icons that look more updated, and less like a throwback to 3.1!
As a side note in reference to Wilfred's statement of going with Nt or 2000: Windows 2000 is basically a hyped-up version of NT. The underlying structure is the same... as it is with Me. Microsoft is apparently trying to merge the 9x versions in with the NT/2000 versions, to make a single OS for use in home or office.
I use Internet Explorer V5.50 and have had zero problems with it. (Contrary to my ongoing issues with Netscape... grrrrrr) I run Microsoft Money for all my financial tracking. The new Media Player with Me has some really neat features as well as the ability to open virtually any media I ask it to so far. Outlook Express has become my favorite companion, allowing me not only to stay updated on all incoming mail, but also providing the means to order my mail into groups, etc, and to back the messages up. As Wilfred said, I use the MS Explorer, wih an infared optic sensor! (LOVE it!!!)
There are only about two things which I don't like from MS. One, is Hotmail. It is the work of Satan, I'm positive, and will be mankind's downfall. Be wary ye who succumb to its smooth talk of free mail - for it is the master of deception! The other is MS Office - and that's only because with the new (2000) version, it pops open a new $#@@$%@ window for every instance of Word you want to invoke... which is a royal pain in the...
Anyway, Bill, I'm expecting my check in the mail here any day now...
[This message has been edited by Christopher (edited 09-26-2000).]