Computing in an unsafe neighborhood

I bought a laptop over the weekend for my wife. A valentines day present. It pains me to say this, but it's (currently) running Windows XP. I wanted to get her an iBook, but for her, $499 was hard to beat. Plus, it free's up some cash for me to continue to sell her on the virtues of an iPod :) My wife uses it for some daily online research. I'll occasionally use it to log on to work due to it's convenient location in the kitchen/family room.

This Windows XP thing means I'll have to make a visit to the computing pharmacy. I feel like I am walking in an unsafe neighborhood. I'm always looking over my shoulder when connected to the network (which is \*always\*). I'm being serious. Honest. I \*never\* have this feeling on my iMac, JDS or SPARC desktops. It's like I have a honeypot and don't know it. Eventually I'll install JDS. For now, it's fine. I'll empathize with others for a while. There is nothing of real value on the laptop, anyway. Except, perhaps, for the BIOS and FireFox :)

Comments:

John, giving your wife a laptop with Windows? Don't you love her? Do you need to borrow a JDS CD?

Posted by Marc Hamilton on February 15, 2005 at 02:07 AM PST #

We, the people that know what an O.S. is, really should use Windows at least a month a year. We would be much more intolerant every time someone tells us that "Windows is easy" or "windows is not \*that\* bad".
Because I work on a company that also sells Windows, today I discovered that, to shutdown a Windows 2003 you had to aswer a Quiz. "Is this shutdown planed?" "Why did you scheduled this shutdown?"
Now, just imagine they keep this trend, ...

Posted by Jaime Cardoso on February 15, 2005 at 07:19 AM PST #

I agree with Jaime, since I got my laptop with Windows XP, live changed forever. I helps me remember what the poor locked in (by choice?) people must feel like.

Here in South Africa my experiance is that very vew people are aware of the choices they have

And I know the feeling, John, of having too be constantly on the worry to keep the Windows and Gates closed.

What amazes me is that even people that know better still mess around with MS Office, Outlook and IE!

I am looking forward to the day people's eyes open on the Desktop.

Posted by Danie Loots on February 15, 2005 at 02:59 PM PST #

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