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mad as hell switching to the mac

I normally don’t reproduce full posts but this one is fantastic and I couldn’t pick out just one part.

ps. This is from a company that specializes in computer security.

” This is my first rant written on a Mac. Ever.
Maybe I should have done it a long time ago, but I never said I was smart; just obstinate.

Here?s the deal. ?I?m Mad! And I?m not going to take it anymore.? Of course I am talking about the WinTel world. Before anyone in Redmond or Inteland freak out? well maybe you should. I have had it.

Brief history. I grew up an analog geek. Tubes ? valves. Built an analog computer in 1961. Programming in 1966 and on. First home machine in 1974: SWTC with binary switch encoding on the front panel. (Boooooring?) PET in 1977. Trash, too. Compaq, 1981 was it? DOS 1.0 and Lotus 1,2,3 1.0 and I still have the disks. CPM and pip.

Things used to work.

And this is exactly why I am coming to subscribe to the view that indeed, the WinTel hegemony is a threat to the national economic security of any organization or nation-state that relies up it.

In the coming weeks I am going to keep a diary of an experiment that I began in my company at 6PM GMT-5, April 29, 2005.

An experiment predicated upon an hypothesis that the WinTel platform represents the greatest violation of the basic tenets of information security and has become, indeed, a national economic security risk. I do not say this lightly, and I have never been a Microsoft Basher, either. I do not and will not dis any one company without a fair bit of explanation, justification and supportive evidence or experience.

So bear with me as I attempt to document the results of my experiment and I will attempt be fair to myself, my company, our clients and the computing public at large.

I am coming to the belief that there is a much easier, more secure way to use computers. Since I have spent several years focusing my security work on Ma, Pa & The Corporate Clueless, I have also come to the conclusion that if I and my kind (reasonably fluent) are having such problems, what about the other 98% of humanity who merely want a computer for e-mail and multi-media (Porn).”