XP is a good operating system. It’s hard to give up something we’ve depended upon for years.

Still, our boat has a big leak in it and eventually will sink.

I get a kick out of stubborn computer users, especially since I’m one myself.

My home system is purebred Year 2000. My network is cabled, not wireless, and my operating system is XP, not Windows 7. I feel like I’m in a museum for computers.

My days of having the latest and greatest are past. I’ve kept this system for one reason: It works.

Many of you are in the same boat. XP is a good operating system. It’s hard to give up something we’ve depended upon for years.

Still, our boat has a big leak in it and eventually will sink. Using an orphaned operating system is not a good idea.

The big one is we’ll lose out on the latest software. We were shocked when Internet Explorer 9 arrived, not supporting XP. This sets the trend. Programmers hate writing for two or more systems. (When our anti-virus checkers no longer run on XP, we’ll be forced to change.)

Microsoft has gradually pulled support away from XP. They desperately want to convert all of us to Win 7. No support means no answers to questions when things go awry.

There are a number of forum Web sites that offer free XP support, but most of these are frozen in time, no longer updated. Some have already disappeared with their users. As with XP, it’s like losing a good friend.

The hardware side takes longer to adapt, but the news for XP users is not good. Device makers eventually will stop XP compatibility for the same reason as the programmers. It’s just too big of a hassle to support all operating systems, especially one that is three systems behind.

We will not be able to just go out and buy, say, a printer for XP. Then something nasty happens. The XP stuff becomes a lot more expensive as it is no longer mass produced.

The example here is the dot matrix printer, the original computer printer. Some folks still have them but support and parts are hard to come by. The printers when you can find them cost about three times more than the originals.

Some of you have asked me about buying a new computer and installing XP on it. That makes no sense. You’d have to pay for the XP copy and then would have a computer crippled by slower software.

I know, XP is old faithful, but it’s dying off fast. It’s not quite time to write the obit but that’s coming fast.