This link [via The AppleBlog] made me smile. AVG Antivirus update targets iTunes. If you think this sounds a bit crazy you have to realize we’re talking about Microsoft Windows.
It’s not Windows fault all by itself, it’s the virus-plague that keeps bugging users of the Windows platform. In this case AVG flagged the iTunes library as a Trojan.
I know what I’m talking about since I’ve been using several Windows machines for the last – I don’t know, 16 years? Now THAT’S crazy. The first computer I bought and paid for myself was a Macintosh LC II back in 1992 (or 93, can’t remember).
That thing just worked. Granted, there where few things a computer could do back then and as a result – few things went wrong. But it just worked. Prior to my mac I had a dusty old PC that I got from my mothers work, it was a IBM behemoth. I spent days and nights trying to get DOOM to run on that thing. Frustrating to say the least. A few years later a friend of mine was moving to the states and I offered him to take care of some of his stuff until he came back to Sweden. Among his possessions was a Macintosh Performa. That thing was amazing. I remember thinking mac was the way to go from here/there on. My friend eventually came back to Sweden and I unwillingly parted with the Performa.
It was time to buy a new computer. I was working as a Junior Designer at different AD Agencies – surrounded by macs. Computers were expensive back then and I really liked PC gaming so my choice fell on a PC with Windows in the end. As a Windows user I had to learn a few new skills, I became my own support technician basically. After a while I became – not by choice – my friends and my family’s personal and free support go-to-guy when computers broke down or acted up. Strangely my friend with the Performa never called.
My last PC died on me about four months ago. I gave that bastard all the love I had in me but in the end it was time to let go. I’m glad I did. I bought a brand new Apple MacBook, the one made of aluminum. It’s been a great four months back in the Apple camp, that’s for sure. The list of things actually working without trouble is too long to publish here. I use a lot of peripherals, a MIDI-keyboard, 4 external HDD’s, a printer/scanner, a USB sound card, a few digital cameras and a HD video camera from Panasonic. They all work beautifully with the MacBook – no problems what so ever. I still use the external 22″ WS monitor left behind by the now dead PC and I bought the beautiful Apple keyboard to go along with the ext. monitor since you have to keep the lid on the MacBook closed to get a high res output to the ext. screen. Wow – I’m rambling.
When I installed the printer on my PC (before it died) it came with TWO install Cd’s stuffed with drivers and bulky software that swallowed well over 200 MB of the hard drive. It was a chore getting it up and running. When it was time to install the printer on my mac I initially thought ‘God damn it, I have to go through this piece of crap all over again’. I plugged in the USB cable and BAM – a screen popped up showing me a picture of the exact model of printer I had connected telling me it was installed and ready to go. No need for drivers or a lengthy install process. That’s the way all computers should work. Like macs. Oh, and the initial part of this post about Antivirus – I haven’t even needed to install any Antivirus software on my mac – imagine that.
Might be a part 2 – keep an eye out!