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Which OS for life critical applications?

Jan 13, 2011, 21:04 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Recently I was a guest at a local hospital for a few days, staying with a relative. All over, they had portable PC stations using HP mini desktops mounted to portable stands on wheels, with LCD displays and pullout keyboard trays. I couldn't help but notice what operating system they were using so I took a look. I wasn't surprised to see them all running Windows XP. Windows is used everywhere, so why not?

"Later on, I overheard the doctor who was sitting down at one of the permanent stations at a desk. He was apparently trying to log in and check on something, but I heard him ask the nearest nurse why a particular popup message was getting in the way. She answered "oh it always does that, just click OK". Apparently he was able to click OK and that allowed him to get to what he needed."

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