Bog Roll ::

It's Not Magic, It's Work!

21 Oct 2004

Windows 3.x

Today while waiting for my train I watched the computer in the cab of South West Trains' brand new Siemens Desiro trains boot up. After a few seconds of text I saw to my utter amazement the old Windows 3.1 logo* appear, then Windows started, and finally some "Trains for Windows" application started.

It's scary enough to think that banks are stupid enough to run ATMs on Windows, and run the connection over Internet, but to think that trains run on Windows 3.1 is utterly terrifying. I only hope it's a non-essential system...

It could be NT 3.x I wasn't close enough to see, but it looked like an old DOS boot sequence first.