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12/12/2014
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Cartoon: Chief Storm Officer

IT overtime never ends.

Brian Moore is a cartoonist and illustrator. His first brush with the world of IT was a very part-time gig applying software patches on a TRS-80 Model III. The patches were about four lines long and arrived in the mail, typed on letterhead. He has since moved on to computers ... View Full Bio
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StaceyE
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12/31/2014 | 3:23:05 PM
Re: Toolbars, adware...
@ Brian

My "favorite" is when they uninstall their antivirus suite because they say "it was making my computer run slow". Then they end up with a set of viruses like none other and can't understand why it happened....
StaceyE
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12/31/2014 | 3:20:43 PM
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@ Whoopty

I can't count the number of times I have explained to people that just because it asks if you want to install a toolbar with a download does not mean you HAVE to.... I hate those darn things!!!!
freespiritny25
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12/23/2014 | 2:35:55 PM
Re: Cartoon: Chief Storm Officer
An IT's job is NEVER done! LOL
Susan Fourtané
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12/20/2014 | 9:52:26 AM
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Whoopty, 

Once I had to replace the hard drive of a PC because it crashed within a year I had bought it. A few months after that the motherboard crashed. Replacing it was more expensive than getting a new useless PC, which is what I did at the moment. How is that for bad hardware? Useless machine a little after a year old.

Unfortunately, despite all that I got another PC. That one was the last. I have never had problems with a Mac. 

I agree with you that in many cases it also depends on the user. But, hard drive and motherboard crashes has nothing to do with the user. The device is just a piece of trash. 

-Susan

 
Susan Fourtané
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12/20/2014 | 9:29:47 AM
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Brian, 

You also have to think about the long-term benefit. 

-Susan
Susan Fourtané
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12/20/2014 | 6:07:10 AM
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Gary, 

That's why I used PCs before, too, until one day I did the math and realized how wrong I was. I realized that all what I had wasted in adding, repairing, replacing, etc. on a PC would have bought me a good Mac. That was the day I promised to myself I was going to get a Mac, which was going to save me time, nerves, stress, and lots of money at the end of the day. And that's exactly what it happened.

When you invest on your first Mac then you always get good part of your investment back from Apple's recycling program. Apple send you money for recycling your old devices. With what you get from your old Mac you buy the next one and you just need half of the money. You never have problems, always get your work done faster, and you simply understand what only people who have used Macs know: you never get back to a PC because you truly understand and see all what your Mac can do for you, which no one tells you before, not even the reviews and articles about them. 

Oh, I remeber those registry issues. So much time wasted when you could be productive or have some free time instead. 

You have like three antivirus. Start adding how much you pay per year just for that. Add the many other things. Do the math, Gary. Macs are worth every penny you invest on your first Mac. 

-Susan

 
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12/15/2014 | 12:17:05 PM
Re: Toolbars, adware...
You talk about efficiency and "perfection" with hardware, but you don't get that with a MAC. You get very, very overpriced, underpowered hardware in a shiny case. 

You can get the same sort of stuff in a "PC" and install OS X and have an identical system that you can open up without killing the warranty.

At the end of the day though, they're both as good or as bad as the user. If you visit dodgy websites and don't practice good security by keeping antivirus and things up to date, then you'll run into problems. The same with any system, whether it's your smartphone or a desktop system. 
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12/14/2014 | 7:27:27 PM
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I think a lot depends on cost vs. benefit. If an antivirus suite can cost $30 for a year, and an alternative platform has better security due to having a smaller market size but costs $600 extra then, the consumers that have done the math will opt for the $30 solution.
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12/14/2014 | 1:28:05 PM
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@Susan,
I think that what you say is true. I use PC's because I can't afford Macs. My friends who do use Macs don't waste any time keeping their machines up and running like I do. After a little more than a year, my registry is so full of crud that I'm going to have reinstall Windows from scratch. The real fun is going to start when I have to hunt down drivers for everything Ughhh!

The guys at my friendly, local Microsoft store are encouraging me to rely on Windows Defender rather than Norton or Mcafee. Any thoughts from the PC people?
Susan Fourtané
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12/14/2014 | 12:42:18 AM
Re: Toolbars, adware...
Lee, 

It's still true. I have worked with both PCs and Macs and no PC has resulted as efficient and perfect in hardware, software, design, applications, everything as a Mac. Not even when I wasted lots of money in an expensive Sony Vaio. When I though enough was enough and moved to Macs I only wanted to kick myself for not having done it before. I will never use a PC again. 

The difference with Macs and security is that Apple cares about constantly improving and adding security to keep Macs safe, something that Microsoft doesn't do. 

-Susan
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