Virus? We Don't Got No Stinkin' Virus!
July 5, 2006

from the BBC:

Security threats to PCs with Microsoft Windows have increased so much that computer users should consider using a Mac, says a leading security firm.

Even as a devout Mac user, I know this is a slippery slope. Most virii are written for WinDoze for two reasons: 1) it's got the biggest market share 2) Bill Gates is eVILE. If more and more of the market share does happen to go to Mac, well, the bored and/or determined virus writers, will simply learn a new OS (provided they don't already know UNIX and/or LINUX). However, it is likely to be several years before the dangerous proliferation of Mac virii are set loose ... there may yet be a nice window of time where Mac users can continue to grow in population and not have to fret quite so much about virii, trojans, worms and spyware.

But I also think with glee of that weasel-y young Bill Gates who disrupted the "software world" when he insisted on getting paid for every copy of BASIC available on the Altair 8800, one of the first "home" computers. (It was the size of a washer and dryer sitting side by side. You don't want to know how it was programmed ... trust me.) You see, at that time, the world of computers was mostly a world of sharing what you did to show off your prowess. "Hey, I can write this cool program in 273 lines." Then the next dude studies the code and the program ... and he gets it down to 240. The next guy hacks the code down to 196. And on it goes, everyone looking to add features and elegance of code to the project. It's not necessarily just about what they can make the computer do ... it's a puzzle, a complicated logic puzzle. "How can I do this?"

Then, the Altair 8800 comes out, Gates, Paul Allen and Monte Davidoff figure out a programming language to make easier sense of machine language ... and instead of sharing it, they want to get paid. Now, look ... there's nothing wrong with getting paid for your time. I'm not saying that. I'm just pointing out that this was something really new to the culture of computing -- most of the guys shared what they knew so that others could better it.

BASIC was leaked ... it was shared ... it was pirated.

And we all know how darling Mr. Gates feels about pirated software. He so reminds me of L. Bob Rife at times.

At any rate ... tired of virii? Want a machine for internet and word processing and maybe a little spreadsheet? Go Mac and don't worry. Desperately need your online gaming? Go Mac and dual boot the little bugger with BootCamp and Mac OS X. Into home movies? Go Mac already!

Right now, after at least three days of fireworks past midnight, I'm just plain tired. ... laterz ... mmm ... ZZZZZzzzzz ... oh ... sleep ... that's nice.

Posted by Red Monkey at July 5, 2006 5:35 PM | Blog | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


jodi said:

We bought one and it was cool(note the word 'was'), but hubby being the Linux man he is, just couldnt get into it and sold it. Plus many of the programs he uses are not Mac compatible and they stopped upgrading the ones that were :(
Maybe again at a future date. So to wax his need to have something new, he built a water cooled, dual processor, dual hard drive blah blah and huge ass screen...
Okay I will stop babbling...
I really stopped to let you know while shopping I thought of you. Ya weird, but anyway ;)
I bought my daughter this:
And another one about The chocolate is mine!! LOL

Red Monkey says: Oh, that is cool! ... and about the Mac/PC/LINUX stuff ... they've gone back again to upgrading most programs for Mac since the advent of the UNIX-based platform ... except for MS Access. And, besides, your hubby can partition the hard drive and boot up as LINUX for him and Mac for you! :)
July 6, 2006 9:53 AM


Leon said:

Well ya....mac's n linux rock and BILL GATES is EEEEEEEVIL

July 7, 2006 3:32 AM


blueyes said:

I will not conform to a mac and you can't make me :P

July 7, 2006 5:34 AM


6000 said:

I was just wondering whether your views of Bill Gates are at all tempered by his philathropy and aid to 3rd world causes? Or is he just evil?
I see the wonderful work his foundation is doing out here and I have to say that there are an awful lot of rich people out there who aren't making a difference like he is.

Red Monkey says: I don't think it's philanthropic to do such things when you're doing it to gain good publicity. But, there's a very razor-thin fine line there ... there is unmistakeable good being done ... do we reject the money that makes it possible just because the giver is evil incarnate? Nope, we take the money and build something good. Ultimately Gates will always represent an evil and foul business sensibility, no matter how much good his money does. Were he a good person, think how much further computers and technology might be, had there been more of a desire to continue sharing and improving instead of secrecy, jealousy and greed.
July 12, 2006 7:47 AM
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