Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 9th Apr 2009 22:21 UTC
Microsoft After the more-or-less positively received "You find it, you keep it" television advertisements, it seems as if Microsoft is quickly falling back to its previous mistakes of relying on easily countered FUD-like tactics. We already discussed the blog post regarding Linux on netbooks, which was easily countered on virtually every point made. However, it gets even worse: Microsoft has ordered a study detailing what the company calls the hidden "Apple tax" that you are supposedly paying if you go Apple. Now, I'm the first to state that Apple simply doesn't provide the optimal pricing for everyone, but this Microsoft sponsored study is so completely and utterly ridiculous it makes me wonder just who on earth would look at it and go "Yeah, this looks pretty convincing!"
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RE[3]: The OS taxes
by hraq on Fri 10th Apr 2009 06:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The OS taxes"
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"No virus physically damages any PC "
This is not true because from my experience, most computers with bad HDDs are basically infected computers with Antivirus software.
HDDs needs to work more due to Antivirus Scanning on the background which tends to age the HDD faster due to overheating especially in laptops where heat dissipiation is less than optimal.
You can notice how much I/O Read Operations is happening in the background when you check the Task Manager (sometimes reaching a .5 TB)
Beside HDD damage due to viruses/Antiviruses, Laptop fans will work more and tend to get dysfunctional sooner.

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