Today I listened to the most recent edition of Macbreak Weekly with Leo Laporte, Scott Bourne, Andy Ihnatko and Alex Lindsay. I usually enjoy listening to all of these people and can, generally, just ignore the anti Windows remarks coming from them, mostly Scott Bourne. Today’s installment, though, got me a bit perturbed but then I wondered, ‘do all or most Mac user’s have this same perception?’ And that’s what it is, a perception. At one point during the program, which seemed more anti-Windows than normal (and, yes, I realize it is a Mac/Apple touchy feely kind of show,) they got to discussing anti-virus applications for the Mac. Of course, the whole virus/malware on Windows subject as it always does with this group. But what really nagged me and then raised my question was when Scott says ‘I put on a rain coat when I go down THAT aisle at Best Buy’ when referring to having to walk past the PC’s. I think Leo chimed in that ‘yeah, this is a REALLY BAD time to be a Windows user.’ LEO! What? You said that? What the hell for? They go on to just trash Microsoft’s operating system. And, then of course, they have to say ‘well, we ARE safe’. These are intelligent people, but this whole conversation made them sound like teenagers. I know Windows has been a haven for malicious people and there are people using the platform who just don’t know what kind of crap is out there but that does not make the operating system a pile of poop. The overwhelming amount of malware these days is delivered via some kind of social engineering (i.e. luring some one to click a link or download something) and NOT from just starting up your computer. If you did not know any better-and I suspect there listeners of this show who don’t-you’d think that every Windows PC on planet is dangerous and should be destroyed. While I am sure a certain guy named Jobs (and one named Bourne) would be happy, it is bs nonetheless. Look, the only time I ever got bit by something bad was because I did something really bad. I fixed it and moved on. I don’t worry about this crap and, really, neither should anyone else. Run your AV software and be prudent. The ones I really think are in danger these days are those very same smug Mac user’s who just don’t think they will be a victim. One day, they will be.
I got my latest issue of Computer Shopper. Yeah, I’m one of those weirdo’s who still enjoy reading a real magazine. So, I’m reading through this thing and paid attention to the computer reviews. As with any review, these were mostly opinions of the reviewer and, in the long run, don’t mean much to me. However, the problem I had with most of them are the so called cons. One desktop was actually dinged because it did not have a Blue Ray disc drive. Huh? Oh, right…it had that HDMI port so, naturally, it should have had a BD drive. I don’t get this. Why the hell should it be marked down because it had an HDMI port and no BD drive? Makes no sense. Another review of a netbook was just as bad: the machine was praised for the inclusion of ‘switchable’ graphics but dinged because it could not quickly encode video. Now, I don’t know about you, but I would NEVER EVER buy one of these things and then use it to encode video. People who buy these will buy them as a second, third or fourth machine and NOT as their primary work machine. They are too slow and too limiting for most tasks anyway. Some of these reviews-and those in other magazines as well-just do not make any sense. One machine that looked good and had lots of great features mustered only a 4.5 rating while another, which seemed to be a lesser machine but from a more well known brand, got a 7. I have yet to figure out why. Reviews really seem more of personal opinion these days than real, honest reviews.
Do we really need to ‘loan’ General Motors billions of dollars that may or may not be repaid? Should we reward to poor management of this company by bailing it out of the jam it got itself into? I’m kind of torn with this. While part of me does not want a half million people to be unemployed, the other part of me thinks we should let the company fail. They are too big to be efficient, have too many cars that are the same and they always seem to play catch up. GM’s biggest problem is it’s massive payroll and redundant makes. Do we really need Pontiac AND Chevrolet? Maybe GM should divest itself of one or two domestic brands and several of it’s foreign makes. Trim the fat and prove you can manage yourself and I’d be ok with that ‘loan’. Otherwise, fuggitaboutit.