Say “no” to Microsoft abuse

I don’t know how columns like this gets published, but Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols writes, how much abuse will you take from Microsoft? He claims users and businesses will be kicked in the face an unlimited number of times before they realize that they don’t have to stay in the abusive Microsoft relationship.

Microsoft abuse

Take, for example, Internet Explorer. In the latest bad news, the newest zero-day flaw in the Internet Explorer implementation of the Vector Markup Language has opened up a gaping wound in Windows. Through that wound, every kind of garbage imaginable — bots, Trojan down-loaders, spyware, rootkits — are pouring into Windows systems.

Take, for example, the United States border. In the latest bad news, the newest zero-day flaw in the anti-climbing implementation of the border fencing has opened up a gaping wound in the United States. Through that wound, every kind of immigrant imaginable — Mexicans, Mexicans and other Mexicans — are pouring into the United States.

You think you’re safe because you do all the right things in patching your systems? Think again, this hole exists even in fully-patched version of Windows XP SP2 running IE 6. Right now, this very moment, if you go to the wrong site with IE 6, your system is going to get as sick as a dog and You Can’t Do Anything About It.

Sick dogs usually go to the VET. But I see where this is going.

Well, actually, there is one thing you could do. You could switch from vermin-ridden Windows to a desktop Linux. For businesses, I recommend SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10. For home users, Ubuntu 6.06, SimplyMEPIS 6.0, Xandros 4, or Freespire are all excellent choices.

You mean the one thing, only thing, life-saving thing, you can do, is migrate your entire system to another operating system? Whats going to happen to your workflow, documents, settings, applications, communications and customizations? All that because some hacker out there might draw some pretty vectors to inject you with some popup advertisements? What about applying one of the four workarounds? One is even as simple as running a “regsrv” command.

Yes, Firefox has security problems, too. But, you know what? They tend to be fixed fast — and there has never, I repeat, never been a significant Firefox-based malware attack of any kind.

Internet Explorer? It takes forever for some problems to be fixed. Worse still, even when Microsoft “fixes” a problem they sometimes can’t get it right the first time, or even the second time. They finally did get it right the third time… but, of course, it was only after that, that the floodwaters of filth came pouring into the hole the folks from Redmond hadn’t patched.

“Floodwaters of filth…” has such a negative vibe to it. “Sprinkles of god’s life-giving liquid fill the shallow dips hollowed by the gentle workmen in Redmond” would have sounded a whole lot better. Besides that, out of my entire computing lifetime, I have not witnessed one malware that has been installed using exploits. Sure, a lot of people have malware on their Windows computers, but most if not all of them are caused by user stupidity, clicking on cheap mortgage offers and free college degrees.

The only thing I’m sure of about Microsoft is that they believe that there’s a sucker born every minute. So far, it seems that they’re right, as users continue to stand by their shoddy goods, without even seriously considering the competition.

Most people know of alternatives. The Mac OS is on TV pretty frequently, and Linux is always in the news. My parents even asked if I wanted to buy a Mac, even though they don’t know what’s the difference.

And, since Microsoft doesn’t have a strangle-hold on the portable music market, buyers will have the good sense to not give Zune a chance to trap their music in a new Microsoft DRM (digital rights management) prison.

Microsoft doesn’t have any hold, since they don’t have a product in the market yet. But as far as I know, you can put and listen to any MP3 files you want on it. So Jimmy can transfer his entire collection of DRM-less music and even share it to his friends. Jimmy will also be happy knowing the Zune is cheaper than the iPod. Maybe one day, the Linux community can produce their own portable media player, and each user will have to pick their own DRM distribution. I bet the record industry will love that.

10 insightful thoughts

  1. Long, the more you blabber on, the further you seem to get from reality. You’re beginning to sound like someone who’s drunk a tad too much of the kool-aid. I know you really like Microsoft and all, but some time in the near future you’re gonna have to come back to the real world.

    Take, for example, the United States border. In the latest bad news, the newest zero-day flaw in the anti-climbing implementation of the border fencing has opened up a gaping wound in the United States. Through that wound, every kind of immigrant imaginable — Mexicans, Mexicans and other Mexicans — are pouring into the United States.

    You’re not acually countering any arguments here. Your point is what then?

    Sick dogs usually go to the VET. But I see where this is going.

    You’re not actually contering any arguments here. Hang on…I think I have deja vu.

    You mean the one thing, only thing, life-saving thing, you can do, is migrate your entire system to another operating system? Whats going to happen to your workflow, documents, settings, applications, communications and customizations? All that because some hacker out there might draw some pretty vectors to inject you with some popup advertisements? What about applying one of the four workarounds? One is even as simple as running a “regsrv” command.

    Holy crap, could it be a retort with some substance to it? Surely not! And from a Microsoft user! Did clippy give you a hand with that paragraph? I kid (hey, Linux users can be sarcastic too, see?). But seriously, what is your point? The fact of the matter is that Microsoft, security-wise, is inferior to Mac and Linux. That’s a fact. You can delude yourself as much. You can snort as many lines of coke from Ballmer’s ass as you see fit, but the fact of the matter remains that more exploits exist for Microsoft operating systems. I know because I’ve been on the receiving end of them…and let me tell you I was NOT browsing any suspicious sites.

    “Floodwaters of filth…” has such a negative vibe to it. “Sprinkles of god’s life-giving liquid fill the shallow dips hollowed by the gentle workmen in Redmond” would have sounded a whole lot better. Besides that, out of my entire computing lifetime, I have not witnessed one malware that has been installed using exploits. Sure, a lot of people have malware on their Windows computers, but most if not all of them are caused by user stupidity, clicking on cheap mortgage offers and free college degrees.

    So that makes it better, huh? Everyone’s supposed to be an expert with their PCs now? Let me tell you a little story. A couple of years ago, I needed to install a certain operating system. Let’s call it “windows”. My boss needed this machine very quickly, because he had a meeting to go to. So, accordingly I began to install this “windows”. All went well. Until I connected to the internet. Ten minutes after being connected, I noticed the internet connection was very slow. Almost to a crawl. Then I realised…I’d caught a worm. Shit, I thought…

    Long, what is this post supposed to achieve? All you’ve managed to do is post a few sarcastic responses to an article you didn’t happen to agree with. Big fucking deal. You’ve made no counter arguments whatsoever. We know you’re a Windows user, we know you like Microsoft a little more than is perhaps healthy, but shit, do you have to be so god damn anal about it? I know we Linux users can be a little up our own asses at times, but is this really your way of proving you’re so much more enlightened than us? Stooping to our level of childish responses with awkwardly contrived responses to cover up one’s own inadequacies? And sure enough, the MS posse come chiming in with responses like “Linux zealots will never learn, but that makes making fun of them even sweeter”. Making fun? Yes, you make fun of me, dear boy. Way to be a hypocrite.

  2. I’m just making light of the situation Luke. 😛 This isn’t suppose to be a serious debate on which OS is better.

    No grudge against Mac or Linux. Windows isn’t perfect, Ubuntu isn’t perfect, Mac OS X isn’t perfect. Tried them all. They’re all have pros and cons.

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  5. The original article itself is abusive…it abused my mind and tried to brainwash me and my love for Windows…and it was successful in case of some people.

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