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What the fuck are they smoking?
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Microsoft, on their Windows 2003 server page, said that we can look forward to Windows "mainframes." What. The. Fuck.

Mainframes are the core of stability. The work horses of the computing world. This windows shit is great for gaming. Well, ok, it is not, but it is the best thing going in PC-based gaming. Just give OS X another couple of years.

But Datacenter grade mainframe, MS is comparing Windows Server to a mainframe? Are they stupid? Arrogant? Both? Ok, I can like with Both. Maybe they are just inviting ridicule.

I consulted for a hotel chain that shall remain anonymous. The had about a hundred Windows servers. And five big IBM AIX systems, that did all the real work. The Windows servers were for email, and file storage, and all that other stuff.

And then there is a major insurance provider. They had hundreds of Windows Servers. And one mainframe that did all the work. One mainframe that took care of over a million policies. And 70 Windows servers that crunched numbers for a few thousand.

Windows is like a yugo. It was a piece of shit when it was new, and did not get better, no matter how much work went into it. The mainframe, by contrast, is like a tank. Take care of it, and it will last 30+ years and keep on doing its job.