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: The OS taxes
by MikeekiM on Fri 10th Apr 2009 03:16 UTC in reply to "The OS taxes"
MikeekiM
Member since:
2005-11-16

I've seen people consider an Apple, then buy a cheaper pc, 3 months later they are infected and have to rebuild their machines from scratch. Typically, this has to do with being too cheap to buy .99, er 1.29 cent tracks from ITunes. Three cheap friends, three blown laptops.

I've got my Apple, but, I'm still looking up how to dis-infect conflicker from Windows boxes, what free anti-virus there's available, etc... Cheap friends pay the price. Yes, you can save Money with a PC. You get your Life Back, on a Mac.

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RE[2]: The OS taxes
by unclefester on Fri 10th Apr 2009 03:19 in reply to "RE: The OS taxes"
unclefester Member since:
2007-01-13

No virus physically damages any PC and their is no need to rebuild a computer after a virus infection. You are talking absolute garbage.

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RE[3]: The OS taxes
by MikeekiM on Fri 10th Apr 2009 03:22 in reply to "RE[2]: The OS taxes"
MikeekiM Member since:
2005-11-16

In my book, losing all your personal data, and re-installing from scratch is the equivalent of a "Blown Laptop". And I think that was obvious from the comment, where no physical damage was described.

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RE[3]: The OS taxes
by hraq on Fri 10th Apr 2009 06:36 in reply to "RE[2]: The OS taxes"
hraq Member since:
2005-07-06

"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.
Why?
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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RE[3]: The OS taxes
by buurtnerd on Sun 12th Apr 2009 08:03 in reply to "RE[2]: The OS taxes"
buurtnerd Member since:
2009-04-12

Maybe your laptop is not really broke physically but you have to spend a lot of time before you can use it comfortably again. That's exactly why I buy Apples. I know I pay too much, but what the heck? I just like the comfort. Windows just annoys me, and Linux does the same. I am a professional software developer, I know how to fix *any* problem on any Windows or Linux box. However personally I always run macs... why? Because I just don't want to spend *any* time at all doing things I don't want to do on my computer. Macs focus on comfort, they are meant for lazy people, I am lazy.

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