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Bork is taking a trip back to its spiritual home with yet another warning for administrators who fail to attend to their flock of Windows PCs. We are delighted to see that the signage in Sweden is bang up to date in the operating system department, even if the disk capacity on offer at Arlanda Airport appears less than tippity …

  1. LastTangoInParis
    Facepalm

    All you need is ...

    ... a Raspberry Pi, kiosk software and Wordpress with the Foyer plugin. Then you can stop wasting huge amounts of electricity running Windows PCs.

    1. heyrick Silver badge

      Re: All you need is ...

      Came to make the exact same point. If it's just a bunch of adverts, then a Pi can cope with that. Don't need flippin' Windows! That's like using a Claymore mine to get rid of moles...

      1. Dagg
        Mushroom

        Re: All you need is ...

        That's like using a Claymore mine to get rid of moles...

        Yep, blowing things up is fun. Just like in myth busters...

    2. Oh Matron!

      Re: All you need is ...

      SSH(*) and VNC and you're sorted

      (*): with the correct precautions, else hilarity could (and probably would) ensue

    3. AndrueC Silver badge
      Meh

      Re: All you need is ...

      Then you can stop wasting huge amounts of electricity running Windows PCs.

      Windows isn't particularly power hungry. My mail server currently runs on a Fit-PC and it averages about 5w (barely warm to the touch). And of course there's all those laptops that can run for many hours between charges, most of them rarely consuming more than 20w and that includes their screen.

      Power consumption mostly comes down to what you do with the computer and the choice of hardware components. If the computer is doing a lot of processing (unlikely in this case) power consumption will be high. If the PSU is inappropriately large power wastage will be high.

      The operating system has only a minor impact most of the time.

      Cost is a more reasonable differentiator and given the ubiquitous nature of Windows I can believe that an off-the-shelf Windows based advertising solution is cheaper than one based on a Raspberry PI. The latter requires specialist knowledge that carries its own premium.

      1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        That is true for Linux, which can be pared down to the bare bones of what you need to do.

        I doubt very much that the latest Windows will alllow you to skip loading ten dozens of "services" for which you have no use, and will just bloat the RAM and diminish performance for nothing.

        Especially Windows 1 0, which Borkzilla has specifically set up so the you no longer are in charge of your own computer.

        "For your own good", of course.

        1. AndrueC Silver badge
          Boffin

          I doubt very much that the latest Windows will alllow you to skip loading ten dozens of "services" for which you have no use, and will just bloat the RAM and diminish performance for nothing.

          What a strange comment. Why do you think Windows doesn't allow you to disable services? Just launch services.msc and disable whatever you don't like the look of. Or if you prefer the command line:

          sc config "Name of Service" start= disabled

          sc stop "Name of Service"

          I've disabled probably over a dozen services on my personal computers (all running Windows 10). Microsoft has done nothing to stop users disabling services and we remain fully in control of our operating system. Just because you don't know how to do something doesn't mean that it can't be done. It's not even hidden information - it's an official part of system configuration.

          Anyway we were talking about power consumption not performance so loading RAM up with chuff is fairly irrelevant. But even if we were talking about performance it's an axiom of IT that you address that through hardware. There are still game companies targeting the Windows platform so it appears to have no serious performance issues

  2. Jedit
    FAIL

    This explains a lot

    I only ever flew once with SAS, and my flight was delayed by four hours. My return flight was cancelled completely and they had to transfer me to another airline, which is why I only flew *once* with SAS.

  3. Boufin

    Björn Bork!

  4. 2+2=5 Silver badge
    Joke

    Ironic image

    Ironic that the advert shows someone having to walk to get where they want to go. Do not fly, do not pass go, do not collect 30,000 extra points.

  5. Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse Silver badge

    3 things Sweden is famous for...

    I'm not sure I know how to write in the accent of the Swedish chef, but don't forget chocolate moose...

    First you get de chocolate, and then you get de Moose... then you put de chocolate on de Moose...

    1. Someone Else Silver badge
      Coffee/keyboard

      @Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse -- Re: 3 things Sweden is famous for...

      Look what you went and made me do! - - - - ->

    2. dboyes

      Re: 3 things Sweden is famous for...

      A moose once bit my sister.....

  6. HildyJ Silver badge
    Boffin

    Windows being too "helpful"

    It's probably just the drive is filled up with junk that can be deleted (i.e. old windows update and recovery files (probably, they're big), temp files, caches, etc.) and Windows is asking if you want to run disk cleanup.

    If anyone managing the kiosk noticed this and had a keyboard to connect to it, it's just a matter of clicking the "stang" box to make it go away. The warning can be disabled with a Registry entry. That said, periodically cleaning your disk is suggested.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There's some things money can't buy... for everything else there's Linux

    [wrong credit card - who cares]

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