Thursday, December 8, 2011

Shattered Windows

Numerous times over the last few years, viruses and malware have attacked our family Windows PCs. We've fought back, and spent days taking back our computers. But each time we lost a bit more faith in Microsoft products.

We have five active computers in the house. The last one running Windows was shut down last week. And it's all because of the Swiss cheese operating system.

My son was the first to make the leap. He chose the path of Red Hat Linux. That was several years ago when running Linux was still difficult. He's a bit of a computer geek and adapted. Soon, he was hacking his way across the Net and into the neighbor's routers.

The next two computers giving up on Windows were both mine. I'd battled with the Windows XP Antispyware 2010 and 2011 too many times. When my desktop unit was completely befuddled, I bought a new laptop, then installed Ubuntu on both of them.

A few weeks later, my middle daughter was attacked by Windows XP Antispyware 2011. She too gave up on Windows. She's had enough. The middle child chose a Macintosh and hasn't looked back.

About 2 weeks ago, my youngest, who thought she was safe with Windows 7 was fried by the Win 7 Antispyware 2012. We spent a night killing off that nasty bit of malware. She fumed for another day, then went and bought herself a Mac.

So, we're a family finally free of Windows PCs - Yea!

Except at work, where the computer techs just spent the better half of the morning battling yet another piece of crap that had infiltrated Windows Outlook.

How long till businesses wake up?


Anonymous said...

Excellent blog! Do you have any helpful hints for aspiring writers? I'm planning to start my own site soon but I'm a little lost on everything. Would you suggest starting with a free platform like Wordpress or go for a paid option? There are so many choices out there that I'm completely overwhelmed .. Any recommendations? Many thanks!

DianaTrees said...

As an aspiring writer, you know that free or cheap is the best way to go. I would build a paid blog at this point, though I've had them in the past. Hell, I've even had my own server. But that's a story for another day.

I have a WordPress blog, but rarely post there. Likewise, I have a Tumblr - sweet blog for the young and young at hear. I also use Blogger.

Of all of them, I like the Blogger best. It's not much on options, but if you want to get the word out, Blogger is the easiest to use. Sign up for an account and you're ready to post.

Feel free to email me if you have questions. My email address is on the blog.

DianaTrees said...

Damnit. Fingers are cold. Meant to say "I wouldn't build a paid blog at this point..."

Anonymous said...

Congrats on finally being Windows free! I'm running a Mac as well, and while certain things are slightly harder to accomplish due to a lack of software, overall the experience has been wonderful.