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The Olympics Chose Windows XP Over Vista, 7

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Read on to hear about the Acer laptop vs. Soup incident!

As a Canadian, the winter Olympic games are a big deal to me. Not only are the games being held on home soil in Vancouver, but Canadian athletes are winning gold and both hockey squads are performing at exceptionally high levels.

Also performing well at the Olympics is Microsoft, as all of the computers used at the event run Windows. It's not Windows 7, but rather the ever-lasting Windows XP.

Acer won the contract to provide the computers for the 2010 games and confirmed that it shipped more than 6,000 notebooks and desktops for organizers of the event – all of which pack Windows XP rather than the Windows 7 OS found on all of Acer's retail offerings today.

"It was the operating system requested by VANOC (the Olympic organizing committee) and Atos Origin" (the technology integrator managing the Olympics tech operations), said Todd Olson, who manages Acer's tech work in Vancouver, as quoted by CNet.

Olympic organizers opted to go with Windows XP because Windows 7 was "a bit too new to be used."

So far, Windows XP has been doing exactly what is asked of it, with the only notable computer trouble coming at the hands of a bowl of soup rather than software. The incident came when an Olympics worker went into an excited cheer and spilled soup all over a laptop. The worker then shut off the laptop and later found that it still worked.

Acer offered to replace the machine, but the worker declined a new one as she didn't want to part with a notebook hearty enough to survive a bowl of soup.

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    Anonymous , February 26, 2010 1:51 AM
    The laptop should be given a gold medal.
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    husker , February 26, 2010 4:14 AM
    pei-chenMy office’s 32bit XP workstation crashes so often it accounts for 80% of my computer troubles (I also “handle” three PC in my home; 2 x64 Win7 and 1 x64 Vista)


    That's like blaming a car crash on the gasoline you put in it.
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    amabhy , February 26, 2010 12:36 AM
    "she didn't want to part with a notebook hearty enough to survive a bowl of soup."

    I see what you did there lol
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    Silluete , February 26, 2010 12:17 AM
    And they say Acer is crap. But again pc for olympics must be mintpicked anyway. Good to hear nothing bad happen.
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    victomofreality , February 26, 2010 12:18 AM
    Well it is the most well known widely used windows out there. Should hope it's stable by this point.
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    Bolbi , February 26, 2010 12:34 AM
    I wonder what will happen to all those PCs after the Olympics? For longevity afterwards, Win7 would be better. But of course, the VANOC's job is to get the Olympics done right. And if XP works for them, I'm glad that's what they went with.
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    amabhy , February 26, 2010 12:36 AM
    "she didn't want to part with a notebook hearty enough to survive a bowl of soup."

    I see what you did there lol
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    False_Dmitry_II , February 26, 2010 12:45 AM
    If they're buying a crapton of computers for something that lasts a couple of months what happens to the computers afterwards? And what were they using before? I'm sure they weren't just computerless.

    If they're tossing them, I'd gladly take a couple...
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    cletus_slackjawd , February 26, 2010 12:55 AM
    I'd like to know how long these 6,000 Notebooks have been issued for and how much use they've seen. I'm sure these will be nice collector items too as they'd have the Olympic Logo printed on them. I find it very impressive that they've worked with 100% reliablity. Did they go through extra Q&A before going out? Out of the 5 notebook computers I've purchased I've had one DOA. Also have experience 2 HDD failures out of the 5 notebooks after about a year each of service. My point is sort of Q&A is in the gutter these days and 6,000 of these things have work flawlessly so far.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 26, 2010 1:13 AM
    I'm wondering if the employees get to keep them.
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    gekko668 , February 26, 2010 1:24 AM
    I think acer cherry picked the laptop that work the best since it also a free marketing for them. One swell swoops and their brand will be globally tarnished and no millions of dollars in marketing will recover that.
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2010 1:51 AM
    The laptop should be given a gold medal.
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    carlhenry , February 26, 2010 2:15 AM
    do_eeetThe laptop should be given a gold medal.


    i second that lol
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    Anonymous , February 26, 2010 2:21 AM
    I got my daughter an Acer for Christmas and it has worked like a charm. It was by far the best value for the buck.
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    TheDuke , February 26, 2010 2:24 AM
    that's one rugged laptop
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    rebturtle , February 26, 2010 3:07 AM
    It's not like they decided to purchase these 3 weeks ago. Olympic events are planned far in advance. With the poor public perception of Vista, using XP was a simple choice. Besides, who wants to provide tech support for and/or train 6000 people from all over the world on a brand new OS? This is hardly headline-worthy.
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    Pei-chen , February 26, 2010 3:15 AM
    My office’s 32bit XP workstation crashes so often it accounts for 80% of my computer troubles (I also “handle” three PC in my home; 2 x64 Win7 and 1 x64 Vista)
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    nawat , February 26, 2010 3:36 AM
    They just want to be safe because XP works for them. Not a surprise.
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    husker , February 26, 2010 4:14 AM
    pei-chenMy office’s 32bit XP workstation crashes so often it accounts for 80% of my computer troubles (I also “handle” three PC in my home; 2 x64 Win7 and 1 x64 Vista)


    That's like blaming a car crash on the gasoline you put in it.
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    anamaniac , February 26, 2010 5:50 AM
    Ah, hockey, the only game that matters. =)
    (Is curling even a real sport?)

    I've been using Win7 for well over a year now though, new my ass...

    Wish I was in Vancouver when the games started, one of my cousins was telling me people were looting the local shops. I'd beeline to the nearest NCIX. >_>
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    sliem , February 26, 2010 6:03 AM
    If it isn't broken, don't fix it.
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    jamesedgeuk2000 , February 26, 2010 7:13 AM
    pei-chenMy office’s 32bit XP workstation crashes so often it accounts for 80% of my computer troubles (I also “handle” three PC in my home; 2 x64 Win7 and 1 x64 Vista)


    If its running fully up to date with SP3 this means you either have a hardware problem or its being caused by some badly cded 3rd party software

    a fully up to date XP SP3 installation on quality hardware running decent software is as reliable if not more than vista/7
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    Parsian , February 26, 2010 7:20 AM
    VANOC is a bunch of crooked group... I bet they went for xp to maximize their profit... If you were in Vancouver, you would know how much monopoly they impose on people... BUT NEVERTHELESS, they did a fantastic job of organizing stuff. Go Canada, GO
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