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Re: The Anti-Microsoft Tipping Point: Are We There Yet?
Posted by: Keith Regan 2003-08-20 10:11:28
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Had enough yet? Did the Blaster worm send you over the edge? Maybe one of its variants is emptying out your hard drive, or your bottom line is still suffering from a shutdown caused by the SQL Slammer worm back in January. Still, the odds are good that even with all the alternatives in the world, you and I and the vast majority of the free world will continue to boot up our computers to the familiar strains of Windows music. Why is that?

Re: The Anti-Microsoft Tipping Point: Are We There Yet?
Posted by: anim8r 2003-08-21 11:23:15 In reply to: Keith Regan
It is quite easy to get away from MS products. There are numerous cases as example. just see CNET for the story of the Ernie Ball Company.

Re: The Anti-Microsoft Tipping Point: Are We There Yet?
Posted by: Kerouac 2003-08-21 07:13:31 In reply to: Keith Regan
I guess Keith Regan has yet to hear of the Macintosh. ;)

Re: The Anti-Microsoft Tipping Point: Are We There Yet?
Posted by: Pubert 2003-08-21 06:26:14 In reply to: Keith Regan
(Sorry for the text lumping -this messaging software apparently doesn't know how to format a paragraph)
There IS a viable solution to the continuing Microsoft
security nightmare. Unfortunately Keith didn't choose
to mention it: Switch to Apple's technology at the
next hardware refresh cycle.
Before you tune out, please note: the current
offerings are NOT your father's Macs.
Although Apple's systems have always been more secure
than Windows-based systems (49 recorded Mac viruses
vs. 70,000+ for Windows), these new systems, running
on OS X, are based on a rock-solid BSD UNIX foundation
-and since the introduction of OS X over two years
ago, there has not been one successful OS X malware
Not one. Nada. Zit.
Meanwhile, on the Windows front, three-quarters of the
Navy Marine Corps Intranet recently lost network
capacity due to an infestation by the Welchia worm!
Life is too short for IT departments to have to deal
with this kind of nonsense:
Additionally, in terms of enterprise quality software,
which operating system has the largest selection of
If you think 'Microsoft,' you'd be wrong.
One may be astonished to know that right now, it's
currently Apple's OS X.
Even if one ignores the availability of Linux or
Windows emulation choices, the set of software that
now runs on Apple hardware includes all the UNIX
software out there. Over 40,000 industrial-grade
applications. (Porting a UNIX application to OS X
typically takes less than 10 minutes.)
From what I have been gathering, this is something
that is currently giving even Wintel-myopic IT
departments pause.
These are the same IT departments that have had it up
to their chins with Windows virus/security management.
The knee-jerk mantra that Macs are too expensive
compared to Wintel boxes may have been true once -but
it certainly isn't true today:
And when one factors in the spiraling support costs
associated with cheap Wintel boxes, the procurement
balance slides decidedly in Apple's favor.
A recent PC World survey of 29,593 subscribers found
that 31 percent had a component failure, up from 25
percent the previous year. And unlike Apple's Macs, PC
reliability is getting worse:
A PC failure rate of nearly 1 in 3?!? Er, excuse me??
("...but, but they're so inexpensive!!" Oh, Please.)
Additionally, a recent Consumer Reports survey found
one in seven readers reported their Wintel PCs were
inoperable or malfunctioning within a month, and
nearly a quarter of all machines needed repair in the
past three years. (The same report, btw, said Apple
had the best, three-year repair rating.)
The bottom line: There is generally a 2-4 week lag
between the time a new, virulent PC worm/virus is
discovered and when Microsoft posts a patch.
Is YOUR business willing to risk that kind of
Mine certainly isn't.

Re: The Anti-Microsoft Tipping Point: Are We There Yet?
Posted by: rdbvideo 2003-08-20 18:50:09 In reply to: Keith Regan
Couldn't say it, could you?
Couldn't name the stable, trouble-free / worm-free (by comparison) computer OS? Couldn't name the computer that truely innovates and is then poorly copied by MicroSuck?
Couln't name the computer that has a 10% installed base in the U.S.? (the often quoted, single digit numbers come from world sales for the last quarter)
Okay... I'll name it for you... Macintosh.
And when IT people get sick enough of fixing Windows (enough to risk their job security), then you will see it tip... to Mac and Linux.
MicroSoft free in 2003!!

Re: The Anti-Microsoft Tipping Point: Are We There Yet?
Posted by: jawbreaker 2003-08-20 18:46:28 In reply to: Keith Regan
We have already switched to the Mac OSX. I am amazed at how superior OSX is compared to Windows XP. We are still using Microsoft Office, but it is much better on OSX also.
No more Windows machines for us.
Jump to:
Given the spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant, if my employer requires me to return to the company's location in 2021, I will...
Agree because I'm fully vaccinated.
Agree if the company institutes a mandatory mask requirement and other safety protocols.
Comply reluctantly, because I can't afford to lose my job, but start looking for different employment.
Resign immediately so I can dedicate all of my time to find a job I feel is safer.
Resign because I'm not vaccinated and don't want to risk infection to myself or others.