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April 14, 2005

Yours faithfully, King Canute

A reader informs us:

For months your column has been advising against installing SP2.  Only a week or two ago you said something like it created big issues in 10 per cent of cases, and that YOU hadn't installed it.  This advice was always pretty dumb. SP2 was always going to be essential. 

Your article today just makes you look like a confused King Canute that has finally woken up to the inevitability of SP2, and now pretends that it was always your advice to install it. If you're going to write in a newspaper and give advice, get your story straight. It pisses me off to see you do such a big u turn, then make out that it never happened.

Umm, well it doesn’t look like a U-turn to us, but what would we know about it? What we thought we were doing was taking the position – like 75 per cent of American companies – that you ought to delay installing SP2 until the last possible moment, give or take a week or two, so that Microsoft had time to improve its patch, and the hardware and software companies identified the problems their customers were having and updated their drivers, and then make the procedure as safe as possible. That’s what today’s column is about. But of course, if you’ve been reading the blog, you’d know all about that already.

And apparently we’ve also upset Dick Smith, who are completely mystified about those CD copies of SP2 that Microsoft assured us they’d sent to them. We do hope SP2 hasn’t spoiled YOUR day.

Posted by cw at April 14, 2005 10:48 AM

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