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1. While there are security issues with every OS I would take every bet that the chances of being infected running Windows without the precautions you talked about and the author said were necessary compared to the chance of being infected doing the same thing with OS X or Linux are indefinatly bigger. Part of this is of course due to market share, but that is only a part of the story.
2. And that brings us to point number two. Your claim that having 665 unnecessary services running in the background is necessary for having a modern computing experience is simply false. Look at OSX, compare it with windows and you will get a very good idea where one of the fundamental problems of windows lies. And I hope you don't want to compare the user experience of using OSX with flipping switches on the front of an Altair.