Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Goodbye Windows 3.1 and 3.5 Inch Diskettes

"Broadly speaking, technology is the way people do things" (1). From horse shoes, spectacles (glasses) to buttons to the windmill, technology has come and gone. So thankful for technology that has "stuck" like buttons and glasses.

You may not be able to see it in the picture, but this Windows for Workgroups is version 3.1. It was an exciting day when this version of Windows came out. It fixed so many problems with 3.0. Many had not upgraded to 3.0, as it was too buggy. And, many didn't like the new "GUI" that Windows 3.x offered as it was too slow on older computers. The DOS-like graphics of Windows 1.0 and 2.0 were much better. 

Well, we reach the end of another era, another way people do things, Windows XP. Microsoft will be discontinuing support for Windows XP as of April 8, 2014. From an LETU perspective, in order to get ready for this, as of this week we will begin in earnest making sure the remaining computers on campus are upgraded to Windows 7.

What does this mean to you? For LETU owned computers, if you have an XP issue, something that seems to be broken or not working with XP, we will walk you through the process of upgrading your computer to Windows 7. For those with their own computers that are using LETU services, we will continue to support LETU services like Blackboard, wireless, etc., as long as Microsoft provides support for XP.

You might think, so what, if Microsoft drops support of XP on April 8, 2014, my computer will still work, right? Yes, it will, but it will be at a great risk for viruses and malware. Currently, Microsoft continues to patch any defect in XP that would allow hacking attempts into your computer and the LETU network. When XP is no longer supported, Microsoft will no longer fix these defects and supporting an XP computer on our LETU network will put LETU at risk.

As always, we are here to serve you in the way you do things for your work in God's Kingdom here at LETU.

(1) White, Lynn. Medieval Religion and Technology: Collected Essays. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1978.

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