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Mmmm, then I must have been doing something weird here: I have been running several Windows computers here since 1995, without firewealls, without AV, and I never had a single problem. But then again, it's in fashion to say stuff like the line from the author above. I never had a single virus infection on my computers running Windows, my parents', my friends', my relatives' and so on.
Now that's weird, because you should at least have suffered the "push" kind of worms like Blaster and Sasser. I know that _all_ of my friends running XP were infected in a matter of days and were struggling to get their MS update asap, or setting up a firewall for the very first time. Anyway, this is really off-topic: the fact that nowadays Windows XP needs an AV and firewall is not the author's opinion. It's a fact: proof is the effort and economical investment that MS chose to put in SP2 instead of concentrating on newer and long promised products like Longhorn.
While this article wasn't too bad, the pro-Linux attitude was sickening. Please, when writing articles, please, try to be objective!
Another kind of comment I don't really understand... what is an "objective" article? You can only really be "objective" in reporting facts. Opinions and interpretations are always subjective. You can dissent with the point of view here expressed, but not with the fact that there is one.