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Old 10-27-2004, 06:19 PM   #29
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I'm middlin' home-based tech savvy but agree with Silvertwinkie's post at 4:39PM. Windows is out there in large number to serve as the distraction for the anonymous challenged software hacker. I do not follow this seriously but have heard of one loser who targeted Macs earlier this year. Regarding the Linux and other platforms I read this over the past weekend: Tabbed Browsers Can Disclose Confidential Info

I have but am not thrilled by Windows. McAfee's or Norton's online-updating antivirus programs are very good and I have zero virus probems. Yes, it does require an annual fee on the order of $35. Malware is still a big issue and depends on how far the Windows user delves into websites that have unscrupulous business practices (I believe gaming sites were mentioned before. Porn anyone?). Ad-Aware is a start and Spybot is better, though more difficult to understand.

My Linux-based super smart in-law has at times been set up so he couldn't receive email in anything but the most basic fonts. I'm not going there myself. Mac is still the easiest minority user route. It's just that I'm not ready to buy Photoshop all over again...
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Coming under the heading of "it doesn't matter now" but I paid $160 for a visit from a man from a company here in Oro Valley to "fix" my Windows XP OS PC ......he sold me Stop-Sign....and so far the computer seems "fixed"...it is faster and I don't get sex ads on my sign-in screen, PLUS an icon of a rather nice looking girl's face.

BUT, now Brenda (especially Brenda, she pays the bills) wants Linux. The "guru" is going to put Stop-Sign on my laptop which also has Windows XP....it'll stay that way.

We have another desk top HP that is not really that old and has our "archives" on it....will, communications, income tax documents, --you name it....before the scare of the internet it was The Household Computer.

What I am getting to finally is....I don't mind in any way going back to a Mac....it is just that computing in this house (there are only 2 of us) is becoming a real mess.

Guess I a bemoaning the days of one computer for everything. Am also concerned about the cost of "subscriptions"......everything thing has to be renewed, subscription, I guess.

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Old 10-27-2004, 09:39 PM   #31
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OK, then the decision is made! Thank you fellows.

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There is a Linux-based windows-like OS called Lindows. It has most of the look and feel of Windoze, but is a much cleaner operation, less susceptible to viruses (because no one bothers to make them for it), and will run most windows-based programs, after a fashion. It is something to ask your guru about, as it may be easier for a technically-challenged person to deal with.
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Old 10-28-2004, 12:40 PM   #32
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As for any computer "novice" I would re-think the Linux direction. Linux is a solid OS, however, it is NOT by any means for the weak of heart. We have a few machines here and though we are comfortable with them, they do have their own personality making things a bit awkward at times. Being terminal window junkies, most can be overcome, but unless you know your way around the terminal window using pure command line, you better think twice. One reason the Apple is so appealing is that it's GUI floats on top of a UNIX kernel making it easy to use and rock solid. There are however limitations in some of the software, so if you have special needs, chances are, unless it runs in UNIX or via the MacOS, you're pretty much S.O.L. unless you run a windows emulator...in which case you better have to have a powerful machines as the windows emulators do take a hit on performance.
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