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eddieguerrerofan Sep 7, 07
My only reaction: WOW!
Thank God I don't open those lausy spam messages...

To all the other suckers: The Storm owns you!
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kspiess Sep 7, 07
All your database are belong to us.
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sora_kairi_riku_FAN Sep 7, 07
damn... every windows OS right?? then this is a good time to get linux... although Ive never used it before...
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kspiess Sep 7, 07
Every Windows but the 2003 server edition. For some reasons that are unknown, the worm's code excludes that operating system, even though (from what I read) it looks like the worm would be able to wiggle into Windows 2003 server edition just as easily.
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SillyPuddee Sep 7, 07
Kspiess, would you kindly try to not be anti-windows in EVERY article you write. I mean, every other one is a little better.

Every OS and Corporation has strengths and weaknesses. Some of us don't regard Linux as the jesus of OS's.
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kspiess Sep 7, 07
Hehe, I think you have me confused with the other writer here, 'micahwrites', aka Micah Grunert.

I'm not anti-Windows. I'd recommend people to use Linux over Windows, but I am far from anti-Windows. There is no bias in this article that I can see -- this massive worm only affects Windows machines, it has nothing to do with my personal preference of OS.

I do believe Windows to be an inferior operating system -- but one of the big reasons (if not the primary) reason why it has so many security issues is the simply fact that it is the overwhelmingly most popular OS in the world. And as flawed as Windows may or may not be, I have no problem admitting that I use Windows Xp on my home system much more often than Linux.

Thanks for your comments though (sincerely). I'm totally open to people 'calling me out' if I display any bias (anti-MS or whatever) in my articles -- but I don't think that is the case here.
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MicahWrites Sep 7, 07
I've seemed to have received the rather dubious title of 'Anti-MS Micah'.

To set the record straight, the only reason I slag Windoze is because of the huge security holes and vulnerabilities of that OS. I may use Ubuntu Linux Feisty Fawn (looking forward to Gutsy Gibon come OCT 18th and Hearty Heron in the new year) 80-90% of the time, but Windows still has a place in my digital life.

CAD (Computer Aided Design/Drafting) is the domain of Windows. I do a lot of metal working and wood working and always CAD my designs in Windows first. I could run CAD in Windows under VMware, but I don't like the performance loss of virtual machines. There's some CAD software for Linux, but it's not as featured as what I'm used with AutoCAD and TurboCAD and AutoSketch. OSX, not much CAD their either.

3-D gaming is great in Windows while it feels like 1992 all over in Linux and is practically non-existent in OSX. That may start to change as AMD/ATI are upping their Linux support, new Linux packages for enhanced Nvidia/ATI video car drivers are coming out and many game developers are opening up to OpenGL as the insanity of DX10.1 has left a sour taste in their mouth. Interoperability of games between MS/Linux/OSX has been a long time in the waiting and may become a reality pretty soon. But for the scant amount of 3-D gaming I do try to enjoy for maybe 1 hour per week, I'll always prefer a Windows box with a tweaked version of XP Pro (and Vista for those 2 Vista only games) for the highest frame rate possible.

Photoshop and image work is either Windows or OSX. Yes, the Gimp in Linux is nice, but it doesn't have the feel nor the features of Photoshop. So, Photoshop on a dedicated Windows box, or under VMware in Ubuntu for me. If I were to have a big pile of cash drop into my lap, I'd get a Mac for that stuff.

Multimedia is cross platform, but I prefer to use Linux for that as there is no DRM in Linux. Furthermore, there are all-in-one solutions like MPlayer that plays every video and sound format that exists and Acetone (the Linux variant of Alcohol) that will burn, rip, encode, decode and do anything to any file format you throw at it. Neither Windows software nor OSX software can make such a computability claim. But for movie editing, I'd want a Mac. It just feels better using iMovie.

Office Apps are somewhat pointless today. OpenOffice works great, it's free and it's all I use anymore. It's lightning quick in Linux and can do anything MS Office can do.

So, I'll admit that I don't like all of the viruses and exploits of Windows, but I will use Windows for those reserved applications of gaming and CAD. But as it goes with me and computers right now, I'm more than comfortable with Ubuntu and will continue to use it for as long as it provides the features I need.

But the biggest plus of Linux, no viruses, highly customizable, tonnes of apps and absolutely free.
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Shadow of Death Sep 7, 07
Oh dear *sweatdrops*

This is pretty major >_>

50 million computers? Thats....a lot >_>

I hope mine doesn't count towards the 50 million....
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Thomas184 Sep 7, 07
People should start realizing to stop opening email when they don't know who's it from.
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Guest Sep 8, 07
With all these viruses supposedly flying around, I'm surprised my computer hasn't been affected. I'm using Windows Vista now, no problems anywhere. What are people complaining about? :S
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Yorkieboy Sep 8, 07
HOLY SHIT!!!1111
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