Some of these, like the laptops he sells, are second-hand.
Others, Samuel has built himself with components that he salvaged from discarded machines. Windows.”I asked him if he had Windows XP for sale.
Lagos is also home to a burgeoning middle class, thanks to massive amounts of (predominantly Chinese) investment, its vast natural resources (Nigeria has more oil reserves than the US and Qatar), and improved governance.
This middle class is the fastest growing in the world, and is enjoying a new-found purchasing power.
It’s also a city that’s working hard to rebut some of the lazy stereotypes that people hold about African cities.
Although some districts of the city are lawless and desperately poor, others wouldn’t feel out of place in New York or London, with their opulent fashion boutiques and expensive five-star hotels.
According to Net Applications, around 12% of all computers worldwide still ran the antiquated operating system in September 2015, representing around 180 million users. When connected to the Internet, those machines pose a threat to their users and the rest of the Web, by potentially spreading malicious software and wasting resources.
It’s also safe to assume that there’s an element in Microsoft that desperately wants Windows XP users to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, which works with their online properties, like Bing or the Windows Store.
Despite their stuffy corporate veneer, Microsoft certainly knows how to throw a party. Microsoft was launching Windows XP, its then latest operating system.
For Microsoft, their future lies in services, not products.
As a result, it was no surprise when Microsoft finally discontinued support for Windows XPWindows XP Unofficial Service Pack 4 provides a quick way to apply updates released since SP1.
Samuel also does a brisk trade in computer software. Over a flaky phone connection, he listed off his wares: “Photoshop. That’s about a dollar at the current exchange rate.
It was, he told me, one of his best selling products. But the volume of disks he sells is relatively high.