Upgrade or Wipe-and-Load: Choosing the Best Scenario for Deploying Windows XP Professional: "This white paper describes the advantages and disadvantages of each scenario and ends with a strong recommendation that you choose to use wipe-and-load instead of upgrading computers." In all the years of working with Windows, nothing has changed! To be honest, I did an upgrade from 2000 to XP (just to see if it was as horrible as it used to be) and it worked great, aside from a hiccup in WMP. So I'm surprised Microsoft disavows upgrading!
In his latest podcast ( Blogarithms IT Conversations News: August 14, 2005 ), Doug Kaye mentioned an interesting anecdotal tidbit: People seem less interested in panel discussions at conferences than they do in single speakers. The panel discussions get lower ratings at ITConversations.com, and... there was some other reason he mentioned it, too. (Okay, so I don't remember. Sorry!) As I was listening to one of their panel discussions this morning, I had a thought: It was really hard to follow. It takes a lot of mental energy to keep up with who's-saying-what. And I don't even particular care about the who's-who; it would be even worse if I really need to know which person was making a particular point. Could that be what people are reacting to when they rate panel discussions lower than single-speaker talks?