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Bill Gates totally insane, totally
Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine.
--Bill Gates in Newsweek
First of all, why is the world's richest man talking like a jr. high student? Like, I, like totally dare you to buy Vista, totally. Second, you couldn't do it once a month on a Windows machine because after the first month the computer has been crippled by spyware and can't connect to the web.
I'll admit that there are exploits for OS X and I'll admit that Vista is probably going to be more secure than Windows XP (it couldn't be much less secure). But come on! I've been running my Mac for 1.5 years with no antivirus program, no spyware remover and no problems. How many Windows users can say all three of those things? I hope that Vista turns out to be bulletproof and people can run it for more than a few months without feeling like they need to reinstall or toss their computer. But I'm not holding my breath. I'm not running out and buying Vista, either.
Does this make me a Mac bigot? I hope not. People should use whatever works best for them. But don't believe this crap about Windows being more secure than the Mac. In my experience it's just not true.
Danny, you MAC bigot :p
LOL … interesting comment by MR. BG ( wonder if his middle name is Isaiah, because IF SO … he could be called “Mr. B.I.G.” :p )
Anyway … nope, I can’t say that I’ve run the last 1.5 years without antivirus, antispyware or haven’t had problems. But then again, I’m a republican. :|
Fact is, folks should have a good experience no matter their O/S and H/W choice. ( I miss my 286 :(( … Instant ON, no SPAM … no spyware … - - mind you … no connectivity either :p )
Amen, brother. Preach it. I’ve done all that you’ve done for three years on my Mac with no problems as well. Amazing, isn’t it?
I’ve been running vista for a few months now. I was one of the beta testers that got a free copy as a gift. I’ve been running xp for 5 years. On all the computers in this house, with my family ranging from people that just know how to send a email to my skill level. None of the computers have crashed or got a virus since xp. Just because you have had horrible experiences, or simply don’t know how to use another operating system, doesn’t mean it applies for everyone. I would suggest you get Vista and then try all the things you just said. And i’m sure bill gates would be more aware of the problem.
And if you haven’t been running anti spyware or antivirus solutions how do you know your clean?
Sorry Danny, but you’re an iBorg. Bill Gates runs a company that, because he is who he is, has focused entirely on money for far too long, and I wish the JD had busted them into itty bitty pieces, but that doesn’t make Apple’s “we own it so you like it or suck wind” approach any better.
I know nothing about the security of Apple products because I don’t want to “accept” finding mac-compatible versions of everything I use to do what I do. I also don’t want to pay 999 bucks for an entry level product! Since I don’t buy entry level I would have to look at 1999 bucks as the starting price. Since I always tell whoever is selling me a box to up everything to whatever it can handle, apple’s product checks in at almost 3900 bucks. WTF!!! Sorry, but for that I could have bought my current machine AND made a payment on the more expensive of my two vehicles.
As to security, a little common sense goes a long way. The stereotypical idiot who doesn’t do anything about anything is a thing of the past. Much like the “war” between apple and the other PC makers and OS writers. The “old person” who doesn’t know computers died of old age. The kiddies who were in grade school when computing became normal are now caring for their grandparents. The world has moved on is what I’m saying.
As you said: use what works for you. At the same time, don’t turn yourself into a mindless billboard for a common household product. If you love a Mac for how well it does what you need to do, that’s cool. If you’re comforable buying Sony’s name-brand value despite what they did in the name of DRM then go for it. If you have the smarts to build the most rockin’ machine imaginable for your specific focus then have a blast. Of course in this case you won’t be buying apple, which is apple’s biggest flaw, but the point is the same: use what works for you and be just a wee bit smarter than a rock.
Blue Skies to you my friend!
The “old person” who doesn’t know computers died of old age?????
I don’t think so. And what’s worse, there are millions upon millions of YOUNG people who don’t know computers. Sure, they can boot up and most of them can make a supremely annoying MySpace page (so they clearly know web design [read: sarcasm]) and they can load an iPod or a Zune (yes, I know 2 people who own a Zune), but that doesn’t mean they “know comptuers.” The kind of people I’m talking about here don’t know how to connect to a network, successfully backup data, use a jump drive, install anything that isn’t plug-and-play, or type using more than 4 fingers.
Don’t say that we’ve reached the point that computers are a common-knowledge device just because they are common.
We all drive cars but what percentage of us could repair, let alone explain, an automatic transmission. I can’t make that claim.
“To a nerd, the world is full of nerds.”
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