Just some short observations after reading this weeks PC/software news.
On patch Tuesday: Record number of patches for XP. Over 2 dozen I believe split between the various parts of the Windows OS and MS office 2002 and XP and 1 for .net framework. The Windows bashers are having a heyday this week however…
Think about this:
Why in the world would anybody want to hack their way into or endeavor to infect an OS that has less than 5% of the market share (MAC OSX, Linux etc)? What’s the point? (No offense here…just making a case)
These type of people either do it for kicks, are just plain old troublemakers or have some fanatical point to make. If I wanted to cause trouble, I would most assuredly hit the OS that had the majority of the market share in other words, the one that everybody uses be it personnel or business. If I was theoretically out for blood I certainly wouldn’t waste my time and talent on the small players.
If it were the other the other way around and say MAC’s carried the world’s weight around and Windows users were the minority, guess which OS would be “full of holes” then?
Plain and simple.
Google pays 1.67 billion for YouTube:
Well, looks like the guys at Google needed to get rid of some more of their massive profits 🙂 And Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim (along with others) are now 1.67 billion dollars richer and in the Google tradition (most of the time anyway) YouTube will continue to operate as an independent company run by it’s current 67 employees and co-founders.
So how did this go down I wonder? Something like this:
Google: “So here’s the deal guys…You let us buy your company for tons and mountains of dough but you can still keep it, okay?.”
Not bad for three ex-PayPal employees I don’t think. And for a company less than a year old from their debut date no less. I should be so lucky.
Microsoft gained it’s current position by forcing out the competition and stepping all over them. Google is currently working to gain the same type of position by offering huge amounts of $$$ in offers to “little guy” sites that they think is a good idea. And then they give all these ideas and more back to the public with their various services, information and software.
Am I missing something here?
Hmmph! Works for me and I think I like their style over MS’s.
We shall see.
Hmmm…050/50 chance here. A winner or the death knell for Microsoft and the Windows OS?
Only time will tell. Just don’t be too ready to lose that OEM copy of XP you have.
And last but not least…
Windows Live OneCare 1.5 beta (XP and Vista):
Just another Antivirus/spyware/firewall/ internet security suite…this time from MS itself. It works, it doesn’t bother you with trivial matters and doesn’t hog your resources either. Set it, let it keep itself updated and forget it.
The difference from all the others? Lowest yearly subscription price (so far), runs basic Windows maintenance automatic routines that most users don’t bother with or know about in the first place (defrag, clearing out old data, temp files etc) plus full back up capabilities. Actually pretty good stuff.
A “set it and forget it” Internet security suite…it works.
Now if MS really wanted to set the world on it’s butt…give the program and it’s subscription free of charge. They can afford it and with the promised street prices for the various offerings of Windows Vista, I think they should give it some serious consideration.
Ah what the heck, they’d probably be hauled up on the Green Carpet for unfair practices or something.
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