if you format, then you lose the local data stored only on that compy.
once you re-sync you'll get your sync'd data back.

if you delete your data locally while sync'd you'll delete it globally.

if you just turn off your compy, any syncing between your compy and other compys haults until you turn your compy on again.

If I reformat then everyone else who has data on my computer will loose it.

... No, ad, cos it's distributed, and there's a copy on my desktop, too. Which begs the question... why would I offload my data an download yours? Security, yeah, but who bothers about that?

I'll stick to working out my own programming and keeping information on flash drives.

If I lose company information from system crash, drive crash, virus attck etc...
matter of minutes to put it all back in place. If it wasn't for having my information
stored on my win98 laptop an never connected to the net... wouldn't have it today.

I have a system of 2 towers and a laptop
I keep them sync'd together using BitTorrent Sync.
and I have a few real-time development repos sync'd as well.

with BTS, I can choose which folders get sync'd to what compy I want them on.
most of the time, that's backup in case one of my HDDs decides to go RAW again.

if you format your HDD, say D-drive like mine,
then you delete the index to those folders on that drive which prevents the sync from being sent and deleting the rest of your files elsewhere.

and if you format your OS, then the sync is never sent to begin with.
unless you format your OS while running it, but who would do that to begin with anyways...

I also rely on 3-rd party services for stuff like "My Pictures" (G+ auto-backup) and that...
I have no images to hide...

the only down-side to G+ I'm not sure they use is their stupid auto-awesome which ruins everything. >_<

Has anyone on this thread seen hide or hair of the OP? Seems to have vanished into the mists of time, maybe succumed to the spell of the penguin.
Perhaps Ancient Dragon could start a Poll to see just how many folk are hanging on to XP at this eleventh hour;-)

^I'm in for that :)

sadly, I havn't seen him :(

Has anyone on this thread seen hide or hair of the OP? Seems to have vanished...

Who me? Well if you had clicked on my username you might have discovered I am an admin here and very active indeed. Not hiding at all, but rather have nothing pertinent to add to a posting that was made three years ago. You guys seem to be doing OK without my input.

Your DaniWeb credentials are impeccable happygeek, most of us on this thread also know your status too I'm sure. What I was in fact seeking was:- Since the time (3 years ago) that you started this thread, are you still amazed at amount of the diehards out here that still won't let go?

Yes, totally amazed. I understand that XP applications remain carved into many enterprise systems, but that really is no excuse to hang on regardless to what is fast becoming an OS dinosaur. The end of life security issues should be centre stage, and I fear that XP installations may well become one of the bigger vulnerability stories in coming months.

That's the scenario I'm waiting for.. sleepers loaded into tens of millions of defenceless XP systems, pumping attack scripts directed at 7 and 8 OSes, mounting distributed attacks on targets everywhere, and generally gluing the net to the floor.

I loathe on W7 when you go to drag an item and a flaming great icon appears and almost obliterates the target. I need an icon to identify what I'm dragging? Oh, yes, so much. I dunno why I bother with filenames at all.

I loathe on W7 where you mouse pause over a target, say Control Panel, and an icon appears... it's just such a special thing to have that.... how else would one know it was the Control Panel one was interfering with?

I could make this a continuing series...

Interesting opinion piece, saying much the same thing (ticking time bomb of XP) by Ondrej Vlcek, Chief Operations Officer at AVAST here.

Most users runs in "Administrative" mode, where you can install, delete, change or remove files. If you create a limited user and log into that and then are on the internet, doesn't it make it less likely for security breeches as you cannot install, nor change files as a "limited" user?

you do realize XP can be made to function EXACTLY like 7 right??

and if you're worried about security, install Comodo Firewall.
it'll notify you about EVERY process or service so that you can check if what's trying to write to your HDD or modify a file is REALLY a trusted app.
(just be careful to make sure you don't allow a harmful app)

that aside, avast will automatically detect and remove any infected files before they have the chance to do any harm.

always use a TRUSTED 3rd-party replacement.
you're much safer tht way.

when browsing the net, I recommend Comodo Browsers.
Comodo actually has their own DNS to block threats before they even reach the browser.

the browsers:
Dragon - faster Chrome with full-out security (Chrome has NO security)
Ice Dragon - much faster FireFox with major security improvements.
(the security of FF is only better than IE9, IE8 still beats it)
^ not sure about IE10+

from what I've used...
most browser security, off-fully_on (including estensions):
Chrome - 0-5% (not sure, but I know it sucks)
IE9 - 5-25%
FF - 5-40%
IE10+ - 10-??% (I heard they got improved, but I still don't think they can beat IE8)
IE8 - 10-60%
Opera12 - 10-80%
Opera15+ - 20-85% (fails to load some sites you've allowed)
Comodo - 70-100%

never used Safari... (mainly because it's a smelly Apple product)
/opinion: I don't hate Apple, what I hate is their ideas of doing things.

when using plugin-based browsers, I'd recommend using WOT.
it'll show you what links NOT to click. ;)

Nowadays I just use Xubuntu on my old notebook for simple job like internet browsing, word processing and spreadsheet. Haven't detected any virus so far regardless what browser I use.

that's only a good excuse.
the only reason is because not many people actually build viruses for linux.

yea... windows gets all the idiots 9_9
if those idiots move over and start building their viruses for linux. then you can count yourself just as screwed as with windows.

@Virus Devs: GET OFF THE NET!

I'm considering getting linux myself btw, so if I'm wrong about anything, let me know. ;)

With Linux, you know there is a superuser. As is Windows XP, you can create a user with limited rights. While logged into that "user" you cannot make system changes. This would also be in effect for hacks and viruses as they cannot change systems files while you are logged in as a limited user.

I am "hanging on" because of the enormous expense to replace the hardware and software of my real-time system and the loss of my current data if I change.

Replacing the OS means replacing the computer. Replacing the computer means replacing the interface cards, because the new computers don't take these cards. The software will have to be replaced too. And my existing files becone useless, because the new software uses a different file format.

And if a security issue develops because I am still running XP on the internet, it is greedy Microsoft's fault.

Microsoft is greedy, because they want us to spend the money to upgrade, so they discontinue support to force that. But they are thinking of business users, not science or studio users with lots of real-time hardware and software that must be replaced if the OS changes.

commented: well said mate :) +2

Note that changing to a different operating system (e.g. linux) changes the system timing to the point where the real-time software either does not work at all, or gives the wrong timing.

Each real-time hardware application must be designed for the operating system it runs on. Installing a new operating system under it ruins its timing.

So stop suggesting different operating systems. Changing to any of them means replacing the software, and propbably the hardware.

Why is the Edit Post icon taking me to the top of the page instead of editing the post?

Note that changing to a different operating system (e.g. linux) changes the system timing to the point where the real-time software either does not work at all, or gives the wrong timing.

I disagree, but then again I assume regular linux would require you to specify a system timing...

feel free to correct me if I'm wrong,
but in advanced OS's this should be automated. :/

Of course Xubuntu is not identical to Window XP in term of software. But it has Libre Office in replace of MS Office and I still can read all my files. No system timing problem. I like Window XP but I cannot bear the fact that once the support is over, there is no other way to protect the computer from virus attack. So I did a series of test before I jump over to Linux to be on the safe side and now everything works great.

cough 3rd-party virus protection cough

MS expects everyone to ONLY use their crummy software.
so IDGAF if they discontinue.

get some good 3rd-party security like Comodo and you should be more than safe. >;)

hackers can't attack you if they can't even access your windows interface. ;)

on the same note, what good is an MS security layer if you have a 3rd-party layer covering everything the MS layer covers and THEN some.

Just started playing around with a Win 8 machine...and it still gives me no reason to get rid of my 2 XP boxes. Even when they stop doing the security patches I don't think I'm going to be dumping xp soon, I haven't had a security issue in years and for general work touch screens are still clunky.
If MS want's people to keep buying new OSs they need to make them worth spending the time and money.

If MS want's people to keep buying new OSs they need to make them worth spending the time and money.

I don't see that happening... :P

IN FACT, I predict future OS's AND software to be even crappier than current.

I've known MS for that since Vista.

MS expects everyone to ONLY use their crummy software.

That is clearly not true -- there are thousands, or even millions, of software for Windows that is not produced by M$.