Bill’s Bad Timing

By on January 27, 2004

Bill Gates was too busy having tea with the Queen while back at home his always trusty Windows OS was being attacked yet again by a fast spreading worm. He took a moment to comment on the perceived security of Linux and OS X.

Noting the large number of major virus epidemics during the past two years, Gates said that in some ways, “hackers are good for maturation” of the platform, because they have forced the company to develop new inspection techniques for the code.


More and more, Bill reminds me of the Iraqi stooge who claimed Iraq was winning the war when you could practically hear the bombs dropping during his press conferences. Windows has security issues and releasing patches as a way to deal with these problems will eventually catch up with Microsoft.



  1. “… these problems will eventually catch up with Microsoft.”

    Have these problems already caught up with Microsoft in at least one segment? According to Netcraft’s normally reliable server survey, IIS market share peak against Apache two years ago and has been declining ever since.


  2. I take that survey with a grain, make that a block, of salt. People will usually take something free before paying for something. This last fall I was at a Chiefs game, and there was a food stand giving away hotdogs next to a stand that was selling hamburgers. Now I could hypothesize that since there were twice as many people lined up for free hotdogs as there were for expensive hamburgers, the hamburgers were just not as good as hotdogs, but I don’t think that was the case. Sure they are made out of lips and a$$holes, but when they are free nobody seems to mind much.

  3. Because, naturally, when it comes to considering the most appropriate software with which to host your organisation’s — or even, for that matter, your personal — information on the web, your primary concern is not the reliability of the software, nor what features it offers, but rather how much it costs. Bollocks.

    I don’t suppose the fact that everyone is not using one of the numerous free operating systems that are available is any indication that cost is not always — or ever — the sole consideration when selecting a utility?

    One last point: the software may be free, but there are numerous other costs associated with installing and maintaining any piece of software. For example, you either have to employ someone who knows how to configure it, or learn to do so yourself. You might require some sort of support contract, generally provided by a third party. Etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum. “Free” software is hardly the same thing as free food.

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