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The Hunter and the Hunted.....
by Pelly on Tue 18th Oct 2005 13:59 UTC
Pelly
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2005-07-07

In all seriousness, Microsoft is a Hunter, and the general public is the Hunted.

Last evening I had to help my niece and get her Win-based PC up and running. Her system was incredibly sluggish and would not connect to the internet via the cable modem.

This was quite a nightmare because she had purchased the system 2 yrs ago, I had set it up for automatic updates of Windows, the installed AV program, etc. Either she, or her husband removed the auto-update feature.

It took a bit of time, but but soon the internet connection issues was resolved and the spyware was removed.

With Windows Update, HUGE volumes of updates needed to be installed to bring her system to the current level of security & patches.

I nearly fell over with the following "critical updates," that were needed. Note that these are the "critical," updates, not any driver or optional updates.
- initial d/l's for win-update progs (4 pkgs) = 4.1MB
- security updates & patches (38 pkgs) = 46.5MB
- WinXP SP2 (1 pkg) = 76.8MB
Total pkgs = 127.4 MB......

And let's not forget the restarts needed between update session.

I set the system (and utils) for auto-updates and left and quite awhile of work.. I asked her to not use that system until I returned and finished up.

Sorry folks, but that many security updates is screaming new VERSION & re-write from the ground up. Not Hot-Fixes or simple updates that only became addressed becaused the problems aired on the 6 O'Clock News.

I wonder how stable Longhorn will be since it's to be based on WinXP. Will the issues be corrected? Or will Longhorn simply become another mediocre release that will be riddled with even more problems for the user?

Microsoft touts themselves as aa 'benevolent' helper of mankind that wants every child to have access to a computer. I'm not buying it. Not when their 'flagship products' have almost 130 megs of critical security holes to plug, exploitable holes to fill in, tons of fence-mending, etc.

MS simply preys on an unsuspecting general public in quite the same manner that tobacco companies used to do to adults and children.

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