Different worlds

I’m in Michigan at present with the in-laws, and one of my jobs each time I visit is to try and get their computer back in order. This is a reasonably recent machine, running Windows XP, and on a dialup line. You’d be amazed at just how much spyware and how many viruses manage to accumulate on this machine between my visits.

Yes, they have Norton Antivirus, but the process of getting updates is a bit complex for them to deal with and renewing subscriptions would be pretty much impossible. Windows Updates would take an age to download on their 26k modem link. But the worrying thing for me is that the account they use to log in does not have Administrator privileges. Just imagine what might happen if it did…

O, for a Mac and for broadband…

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