Jonas Stawski

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All we are saying, is give peace a chance

I don’t like to do this, but I have to do it. I have to do it for the good of civilization… mmmmhhhhh… Maybe I just have to do it because it is the right thing to do.

Because of the recent release of Vista and Zune I’ve been reading articles, opinions, watching videos, hearing people talk shit about Microsoft. About how Microsoft sucks, the products they release are not 100% bug free, how they always copy some one else’s idea, and how ridiculous they are. If you are one of those people then this is for you: CUT THE CRAP!

I’m not in defense of Microsoft; it just happens Microsoft is on that side. If IBM would have been on that side then this post would have been about IBM and not Microsoft.

Having said that, let’s continue on. Yes, we all know that Windows Vista’s new features are a replica of MAC OS 10 (if you didn’t know, now you do.) And yes, we all know that Windows Vista would probably not be 100% bug free or 100% hacker free. And yes, we all know that Zune is ridiculous compared to the iPod. But who cares if Microsoft copies ideas? I’m sure Apple (and every other successful company) got their ideas from other places. I’m sorry to tell all iPod lovers, but the Click Wheel was copied from some small Korean company. And I’m sorry to tell you that the iPod uses MP3 technology, a standard for years before the iPod even came out.

And here is to you all Penguin lovers: Unix and or Linux are not 100% bug free either! And yes they might be more stable and efficient than Windows, but I much rather have a user friendly OS that crashes once in a while than learning 20 thousands combinations of possible commands to just read a stupid file. And to further up our discussion, Unix and Linux have patch updates as well, which means they are not 100% secure nor 100% bug free. There not as many updates for Unix/Linux as there for Windows, you might say. I agree, but the reason for that is because Windows has about 98% of the market and thus an attacker would make much more damage targeting a Windows user than a Unix or Linux user. It is a fact that Microsoft Windows get more attacks than any other OS and that is why there are more patches.

At this point you might be saying that I’m a Microsoft Geek. I’m not. I just happen to have a Microsoft OS (like 98% of the world) and I love the interoperability I have with my day to day tools and that’s why I choose to use Microsoft’s products. I love it when I can hook up my Xbox to my network and be able to see it from my computer. I like the idea of using a Word Processor that can interact with my email program or my Spread Sheet Program. I love the idea of using software/hardware that I know will be able to interact with the rest of my tools.

Yes, Microsoft copies ideas. And the reason they do it is because they can. And the bottom line is the end user benefits from it. Yes, Microsoft hurries their products and make mistakes (horrible ones sometimes), but they are permitted to do them, just like Apple is, and like Dell, Toshiba or IBM. These monsters are run by people, and people make mistakes because we are humans.

Stop being jealous and give them a break…

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