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Resetting Priorities

Jan 07, 2010, 10:33 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"I was amused earlier this week by the news sweeping the ether-web about the so-called "GodMode" folder present in Windows 7 and 32-bit Vista.

"The news in itself was not amusing: the presence of a über-configuration folder for Windows power users seems a useful thing, I must admit. What was amusing was the hoopla generated by the discovery of a hidden Easter egg in Microsoft's flagship product, while all the while, a much bigger story remains in play.

"Microsoft continues to sell consumers an operating system that needs anti-virus protection.

"It's not like they keep it a secret: if you install Windows 7, there's three things splashed up on the screen for users towards the end of the process: configure the OS, activate the OS, and get anti-virus software.

"To me, there's something fundamentally wrong with knowingly send out a piece of software that's vulnerable--so vulnerable that you have to tell users your product is unsafe until they get third-party protection."

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