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I went to my local computer parts warehouse to pick up a small little switch. I usually buy the little five-port Netgear switches (as they're bulletproof), but they didn't have any, so I bought a cheap Zonet five port switch. I didn't notice until I got the thing to the office, but it has an odd bit of promotional text on it in a bright green circle on the box: "Windows Vista Compatible."

Last I checked, network switches aren't operating-system dependant. The software to manage them sometimes is, but the hardware isn't. So why didn't they just put "Linux, MacOS, BeOS, Unix, Windows, FreeBSD and DOS Compatible" or something just to cover all bases? They obviously put this on there to play to the folks who don't know that and think that they need a "Vista Compatible" network switch.

Posted by Jake on 09/20/07 @ 10:19 AM
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