Last component to fail = User.
Users are always so prone to failure, and most people overlook them.
When installing a new app, you should always consider the need to tweak your users!
Dear former Windows XP SP2 user:
Please choose one of the following Linux Alternatives, since we will no longer be supporting Windows XP SP2:
1) Linux Menu (Offers several effective Alternatives)
2) Shut off computer, unplug and install you well tested door stop on the door of your choice.
For a lot of the "novice" users, it's easier to use a floppy, because you know exactly where (drive letter)it's going to be.
A: or A: and B: if you have 2 floppy drives.
USB Drives - It depends on what other hardware you have on your machine.
C:, D: for hard drives, E: from DVD drive, F: (maybe an external USB Drive), H: - K: (card reader for several different card types). So, If you have one Hard Drive Partition, and a DVD drive, the letter for the first USB drive could be E:, or in the example above, it could be L:
In Ubuntu, the drive shows up on your desktop, and gives you a better idea of what it is.
Also, newer machines don't have floppy drives, so novices will have to find a way to deal with USB Drives, or OS's need to have a better representation of a USB drive so it is easier to work with.
I used to use floppies since the early 80s, when I worked in an Apple Computer Lab at college (a room full of Apple ]['s). Ah, those were the days, living it up at SUNY Brockport!!
First, I would not classify myself as a Global Warmer - More of a we need to take better care of this planet or things like breathing may become a rather difficult thing for everyone - ie., Asthma becomes the Norm, not just a limited but increasingly common affliction.
OK, maybe I'm missing something.
Sunlight "contains" a specific amount of energy.
Some of that energy could be transferred to heat energy if the light hits an object and the object warms up.
If it hits a solar panel, some of the energy is converted to electricity. The energy that is converted, would not be available for heating the object it hits.
Depending on the use of that electricity generated, it could produce heat, produce heat and cool (air conditioner), perform work - ie., move an electric car - and cause some heat. The thing is, the amount of heat could be lessened by converting some of the sun's energy to non-heat energy. Conservation of energy - if some energy is converted to electricity, then there would be less energy that can be used to heat an object.
I was thinking of a device that came out over a year ago, but this looks like a new and improved version of what I was talking about. I still don't remember exactly what they called it, and sorry for the typos in my last message.
It seems that slashdot and the browser that I'm forced to use don't get along well when previewing stories to be submitted.
What would Microsoft do if, due to the economy, individual users forgo upgrading to Windows 7, and decide to keep what they have. Will Microsoft go and say, "XP is old and we won't be supporting it anymore. Also, by the way, VISTA will only be supported for another year."
At that point, Microsoft would alienate users of previous versions of Windows, the users will decide that they need to choose something else, and a large corporation ends up loosing a large chunk of the marketplace.
I would say that Microsoft needs to test the waters prior to dropping support for XP, otherwise people that could decide to upgrade after the ecomony improves would end up getting comfortable with whatever alternate they end up choosing and tell Microsoft that they're not coming back!