Computing in an unsafe neighborhood
By John Clingan on Feb 14, 2005
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 :)