We all wonder, as technology progresses, why they are not getting more stable and user friendly. We haven't solved many of today's little problems from wireless connection to connecting to a projector. I think it is fair to say we haven't made it easier to use technology. Windows has had a long history of these little problems while Apple has been doing a great job. With Microsoft’s resources and talent pool, would you think that they should be able to do a better job than Apple? Unfortunately that’s not the case. Is it really that difficult?
I remember a conversation with a friend a few years back who works on weapon systems in the US Air Force, he was telling us how they were using old technology to run these sophisticated systems because of reliability. Imagine a stealth bomber or a nuclear submarines running on a unstable system without a simple and fail-proof interface? You can't afford to click on the wrong button. It's not a shopping cart. Return policy has new meanings once the fire button is pressed..
I was surprised to read that the British Royal Navy's subs now run on Microsoft's Windows. It is reported that the British Royal Navy has developed a modified version of the Windows XP operating system for all its warships. The first version, "Windows for Submarines," is being installed on the fleets of nuclear submarines. Versions of this operating system is now being adapted for surface ships as well. I like the name “Windows for Submarines", it is way cooler than Vista. Wonder who came up with this name?
The British selected a commercial operating system for this because it was cheaper to maintain, and easier to train sailors in its use. Since it is a cost reason and I am sure they'd get a big discount from Microsoft. I wouldn't know what would happen when a Windows error pops up in battle and a torpedo is coming your way (see picture above). I guess you press Ctr+Alt Delete.
The US Navy on the other hand prefers Linux. The US Navy Open Architecture is a systems design approach supported by verifiable governmental testing platforms that seeks to implement open specifications for interfaces, services and supporting formats. It allows software components to work across a range of systems and interoperate with other software components on local and remote systems.
What about the Chinese Navy? I guess they are probably using a counterfeit version of Windows and disabled for any future updates since they can’t trust US companies. And the Japanese? Their system is probably designed by Sony using PS3 interface and will soon migrate to the Wii because it is cheaper to train people, so just give them a Wii to bring home. Navy likes Guitar Heroes.
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