can’t they all just get along?

October 19, 2006



Several days ago, Apple announced via its Support site that “less than 1%” of the newly updated video iPods sold since September 12th shipped from the factory infected with the RavMonE.exe Windows virus, a not all that problematic trojan. In its blurb on the issue, the company assigned blame not only to itself for allowing the issue to slip through but also to Microsoft. They wrote, “As you might imagine, we are upset at Windows for not being more hardy against such viruses,” perhaps as a way of sneakily drawing attention to OS X’s immunity to most forms of digital malice.

Yesterday, in response to the “charges” (I suppose that’s what they are), Microsoft’s product release virus scanning guy, Jonathan Poon, posted a blog entry that ridicules Apple for being lax in their quality control–it’s their system, ergo the onus is on them to prevent these sorts of issues–and for not being more specific in their press release about the real nature of the problem, referring to the virus by name rather than by its type and capacity for harm.

And round and round and round we go, whining, pointing fingers, and calling names. Aren’t company rivalries terrific?

–D. S. W.

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One Response to “can’t they all just get along?”

  1. Hypercube said

    That’s the price you have to pay when running proprietary software. You don’t know what the heck they’re doing. What if when you download music with iTunes your personal details, usage habbit’s are transferred to Apple? Same with _any_ proprietary OS / program. That’s one thing that users should “get along” the moment they decide to go with proprietary software 🙂

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