5 posts • joined Friday 13th April 2007 13:39 GMT
Re: engineer's views
John - thank you immensely for that comment! I'm a technician for a small Apple Service Provider, and one question I always hate to hear is "Why did this happen?" Now I have something concrete to answer (not that it'll actually mean anything to the customer).
Though as an ASP, I have to say that the iBook G4 issues are far less common than the rather ubiquitous iBook G3 issues. In the case of the G3's (700 through 900) it's not a question of if it will fail, but when.
Of course, the early iMac G5s were plagued with the bad capacitor syndrome, but that really wasn't Apple's fault (see link below for story). It still crops up though, I wonder why there hasn't been more attention payed to it?
Oh, and as a Dane, gotta say that you forgot to mention our glorious Lego mines.
Still no spyware, trojans, worms or virii.
So there's a potential for some trojans.... exactly how many exploits for OS X have been found in the wild? Umm.... there was Opener, but that's long since been shut down, and wasn't all that widespread anyway... so we're still looking at one or two in the six odd years of OS X. The Month of Apple Bugs mostly addressed third party vulnerabilities, and only a couple of Mac OS vulns, now shut.
True, a computer is only as secure as the user allows it to be, and Mac users do need to pay more attention. Dodging bullets for a few years is really only luck. Sooner or later something will come, but it's still a far cry from the entire industry that relies on Windows' security holes for revenue.
There were personal announcements as well
Listening to all the coverage on this there is one thing that this and most articles miss:
The RAs of the Dorms also went door to door and told the students in person. I heard this in a student account on the radio. So why is everyone throwing a hissy-fit that they "only" sent e-mails? Because it makes a better story on the corporate news channels.
Pointing out that people did go door to door, that there were personal announcements, only makes the University look responsible, and that won't sell advertising space.
I find it horribly insensitive that the NRA even opened their cursed mouths regarding the incident. They hold some measure of responsibility for all their lobbying and ensuring that guns are easy to get. The gunman himself holds all the responsibility for his actions, of course, but you have to take down the drug dealer as well as the junkie.
"Well, the real difference between Apple and Microsoft, is at least Apple can release their operating systems to schedule....
Well, at least they're releasing something else, instead of just delaying and delaying while trying to figure out how to make it work, then releasing a beta. ;-)