2009-07-08

switch from unix to Windows

Dear unixers & lispers,

i've been using Mac for the past 19 years, and been a professional sys admin or web app developers on the unix platform, since 1998 (maily Solaris, Apache, Perl, Java, SQL, PHP). In june, i bought a PC (not for the first time though), and made a switch to Windows, for the first time, in the sense as a developer instead of just a casual PC user i've been.

In the past month, i've spend about 5 hours a day digging into MS Windows tech, in particluar, read over 200 Wikipedia articles in detail related to Windows technology. (192 of them linked)

Here's a write up of the whole story, my experiences, including some tech introduction to MS Windows from a sys admin or programer point of view.

• Switching from Mac/Unix To PC/Windows
http://xahlee.org/mswin/switch_to_windows.html

Some slightly noteworthy subsections are:

• Removing HP/Compaq Software
http://xahlee.org/mswin/hp_bundled_apps.html

• Installing Cygwin Tutorial
http://xahlee.org/mswin/installing_cygwin.html

• Mac and Windows File Conversion
http://xahlee.org/mswin/mac_windows_file_conv.html

• Unix And Windows File Permission Systems
http://xahlee.org/mswin/file_perm_systems.html

• Introduction to Windows Scripting
http://xahlee.org/mswin/windows_scripting.html

Some articles (not shown above) are still work in progress, such as VBScript tutorial and PowerShell tutorial. Hoping to complete in the coming months or years.

comment & feedback welcome, esp if you are a Windows expert and answer some of my unanswered questions on the page.

Xah
∑ http://xahlee.org/

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