Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Feb 2013 11:23 UTC
Windows And there we are - the Surface Pro reviews are in. Reading through them all, there's clearly a common theme, and it's not particularly positive. We're a few months in now, so I think we can finally call it: Windows 8 and Surface are the wrong way to go.
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RE[6]: Virus scanner
by darknexus on Thu 7th Feb 2013 15:51 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Virus scanner"
darknexus
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Again all of it is trivial to turn off.

Of course it is, if you understand the concepts. Remember, from the point of view of the majority of users, they just "installed that Adobe Reader thingy" and now their computer slowed down a bit. We know we can turn these background updaters and plugins off. Unfortunately, most people don't even have a concept that a program is multiple parts. It's "that Flash thing" or "that pdf thing" and they no more understand all the crap it installs than most of us would understand the inner workings of subatomic particles.

Also tbh, any OS does this (MacOSX does the same, I hear the designers say the same).

Well, strictly speaking, it's not the os that does it in either case. I will say though, most OS X programs are much better behaved (although, of course, Adobe products are an exception). Most programs on OS X don't run background updaters, they check for updates when you launch the program and either install them automatically (Chrome) or alert you and let you decide. This is not an inherent strength of OS X, just a consequence of better application design. I'd like to see this design be used more often in Windows programs, and there is no reason why this couldn't happen except for laziness on the part of the application developers.

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RE[7]: Virus scanner
by lucas_maximus on Thu 7th Feb 2013 18:24 in reply to "RE[6]: Virus scanner"
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2009-08-18

I completely agree. But blaming Windows for this is incorrect.

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