Big Brother Microsoft

Let me pose a hypothetical scenario: let's say someone put spyware on the web, but with some modifications which made it virtually impossible to suspect: let's say it pretended to be from your software maker, Microsoft. In fact, it has the word "Genuine" in the title. And let's say that it sets itself up so that it cannot be uninstalled, and so that it must be running in order for you to download important security updates. Sound scary? It sure does to me.
Actually, this software does exist. It's called Windows Genuine Advantage. Well, you might be saying, what a smart idea those spyware-makers had, pretending to be Microsoft. There's one catch: it isn't pretending to be Microsoft. It is Microsoft. Our good friend Bill Gates has information on any Windows user who has updated in the past month.
It's things like this that make me glad I switched to Linux: I can live without the iTunes Music Store knowing that my web history (which websites I visited and when) is not being read by the company which makes my OS and which I should supposedly trust.


Stupid People

Why are people so stupid? This never makes sense to me. People know that one thing is better, but they do something else without stopping to think. Plenty of drivers believe that it would be better for the environment if they took public transportation. They can even explain exactly why it would be faster and no more expensive. And yet they drive to work every day. Why? Because they have been given a voucher for free parking at the parking lot four blocks away from their office, farther away than the nearest subway station. Of course, even with this voucher, it is faster and just as cheap and better for the environment to take public transportation, but they choose to drive because it makes them feel that they are saving money.



Standardization is the key to making modern Linux a reality. It's not so much a problem today of not many programs being available for Linux. It's a problem of there being too many different versions of Linux out there. When I went to download Audacity for Linux, there were no less than 7 different versions for different distros of Linux. This is getting ridiculous. Remember that someone must have had to work on 7 different versions of one program. Often I cannot download a program because it is made for Red Hat when I use Ubuntu. I must say I can't blame people who choose not to switch.

A Normal Person's Guide to Geek Politics

If you have been wondering what I've been talking about the past few posts, click on the title of this post. (it's a link)


The easier it is to be right...

The easier it is to be right, the less excuse there is for being wrong. We've all said that we would do something if it was easier. Well, it's easier than ever to switch to Linux. Ubuntu 6.06, better known as Dapper Drake, has a live CD with a graphical installer. My old excuse, and the one most people still use, is that Windows is much more compatible than Linux, so switching completely is out of the question. And a year ago, you couldn't really double boot unless you had some training in partitioning, and you would probably have had to configure the boot menu yourself. Today, with Dapper, I was able to partition my drive on my own. I can now dual boot Ubuntu and Windows, and I have a 107 GB shared partition which I can write to with both OS's. All of that took me 30 minutes.


Random Quotes

In the beginning there was nothing. God said, 'Let there be light!' And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. - Ellen DeGeneres

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting. - Charles Bukowski