Wednesday, February 07, 2007

"Hi, I'm a PC." "And I'm a Liar, er Mac."

Apple has just released a new Macintosh commercial entitled "Security". And while close friend and long time reader, Scott found it funny even if not relevant - I take a deeper exception to it.

Granted this post may come from a deep-seated desire to have my own say about the PC vs. Mac battle after reading too many comments on Digg regarding this debate. And I fully understand that while I hate the concept of the internet turning into one giant place where everyone has their say and expects everyone else to be swayed by their opinion - I find it a necessary vehicle and after all this is MY blog. So Piss off.

At any rate, the new Apple commercials are taking shots at Vista and there's good reason - Apple is worried and they have good reason to be worried. This post isnt about Vista or comparing it to Apple's OSX. This is about how Apple lies or provides half-truths to hock it's wares.

The big issue I have right now is how Apple likes to tout that there are no virus's out that affect their system. This is 100 percent not true and it only serves to create an uninformed and ignorant user base, and push the ego of the average Mac user to the point of near total annoyance of anyone around them.

From Apple.com:
114,000 viruses? Not on a Mac.

By the end of 2005, there were 114,000 known viruses for PCs. In March 2006 alone, there were 850 new threats detected against Windows. Zero for Mac. While no computer connected to the Internet will ever be 100% immune from attack, Mac OS X has helped the Mac keep its clean bill of health with a superior UNIX foundation and security features that go above and beyond the norm for PCs. When you get a Mac, only your enthusiasm is contagious.

So no viruses for your Mac? Then this entry in the Apple store is kind of odd. Strange that companies would produce software for the reduction and cessation of viruses for the Mac when it's so immune. And it seems even more strange that it's sold on the very company store that touts the anti-viral strength their machines have.

More from Apple.com:

Numbers from Sophos, a world leader in integrated threat management solutions, developing protection against viruses, spyware, spam and policy abuse for business, education and government. The Sophos Security Threat Management Report 2005 [links to white paper after form] outlines the number and kind of attacks, while the March 2006 Top Ten reports the latest number of threats.

From Sophos.com:

There are a number of Macintosh specific file viruses and worms, in addition to several thousand macro viruses which affect programs which run on Macintoshes.

Macintoshes can also act as carriers of viruses for other platforms.


Just some food for thought. And if you own a Mac and feel the need to comment on this post to prove me wrong, save your breath. You own a fancy contraption that is more status symbol than computer and more form than function.

2 comments:

  1. iamnotsaying2/07/2007 3:13 PM

    see, now i would have thought you'd take a different road about these commercials.

    granted, i find the security one funny (cause it is), but here is what i've have pointed out:

    - On the last commercial released they showed PC going off to get upgraded saying that he NEEDED to be upgraded. I don't believe you MUST upgrade every PC just for Vista. even though a good majority will need to be.

    - uh...

    well, that first one is a good one. i can't think a second :)

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  2. The part that I find most humorous is that there are likely the same sorts of bugs and problems in any other OS as there are in windows. But why would anyone waste their time targeting an OS that a fraction of the internet's end-users are using? The massive majority that windows holds in market share is obviously why it is so prone to viruses and security holes. If you really think there aren't any security holes in linux or mac osx you're insane.

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