"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
"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
"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
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