As I was exiting Oxford Railway Station, I glanced at this screen showing the bus departure times. Notice anything odd about it?
*sigh* Yet again someone has shoehorned Microsoft Windows into a product it is completely unsuitable for.
Why does a screen which displays a fairly basic set of information need to be running on an expensive Windows licence? Moreover, why is such a machine connected to the public Internet?
For bonus points, take a look at the program which has automatically loaded.
Yup, they’re running a program to prevent Windows kicking off its screensaver. Why? Why not just disable the screensaver? Or, even better, run the whole thing from a Raspberry Pi loaded up with Linux?
I’ve been ranting about this for years.
My good friend Kai Henry runs a company called Webconverger – a simple and free Linux based kiosk display system. Why on earth pay Microsoft over the odds for a buggy, crash prone, Operating System which isn’t very good at kiosk displays?
The next train to tag value departs from platform tag value. (Also more disk space on drive C plz thx.) pic.twitter.com/gYTrgfDqjm
— Dave Addey (@daveaddey) October 20, 2013