Lately, I have spent a small amount of time looking through people’s resumes. Without fail, every one has a section at the end that shows what flavors of Unix and what flavors of Windows they are proficient in. It struck me today that if I was the one being interviewed, I could say that I was proficient in Windows 3.1 (and actually I could probably go further back and say Windows 386 or even Windows 1.0) up to Windows 2000. Although Windows XP is supposedly obsoleted by Windows Vista, I would end up having to say “I could probably figure out Windows XP or Vista if I had to.” I do not believe I have ever used Windows XP hands-on and have never seen Vista outside of screenshots and videos.
I find this all a little bit shocking and surprising, although I have no idea why. I’ve never had the desire or necessity to run Windows XP, nor have I really had the hardware. I have an almost fanatical dislike of the company and the OS …yet… I feel a little weird that I have never used it and know next to nothing about it.