handy1 wrote:Anon wrote:There are free antivirus programs out there (AVG, Avast, Clamwin anyone?), the 3 common antispyware programs are free (Windows defender, Ad-Aware and Spybot)
OK?...Your not wasting time dealing with this than? To me, having to install, update, and manage these programs IS a waste of time. Additionally, some consumers don't have the technological know-how to effectively deal with this crap. I have been to my father-in-law's on at least two occations to do clean install becuase of problems with viruses and/or spyware. He should have got a Mac! [/b]
Of course I'm not. Installing it is hardly a waste of time, and the programs auto manage and update themselves. As for your father in law, did you blindly put the windows cd in, spend an hour or two drinking coffee and then leave when the base install was done? If you'd made sure the basic, free, self managing protection was there (as what I have done with my mother's laptop) then there should be no need for any second time rounds (or first time for that matter)
smithy_dll wrote:Most hardware instability issues are incurred when people install hardware that doesn't have Microsoft Digitally Signed Drivers for it.
Oh...I see! But I thought it was the Mac that had compatability problems!
erm, no. All retail hardware from any even remotely heard of brand name will have signed drivers. It is in reality only the really old or really new (IE alpha, beta et cetera) drivers that cause problems. Besides, XP doesn't need special drivers most of the time. My USB hub, mouse, keyboard and external hard drive all have special drivers, but I've never felt the need to install them
BTW, have you guys ever used Mac OS X?
Yes. Of the computers I have tried it on, it is the most unstable OS I think I have ever seen. Even on emacs and only 4 programs running, it is in constant need of a reboot or other form of teacher intervention to get it working properly. Yet the guy that manages them insists they are god's gift, and run perfectly fine...
Because, without regard for price, if one puts the OSs side-by-side, OS X is cleary better!
In what way?
Though with that said, you still have price to consider! There will be those 3% that drive the Mercedes, and other will just buy Fords...again, it's economics and personal choice.
The problem here is that all cars run on all types of road. You don't need special knowledge to drive a car, or use it for that matter.