Why are Windows laptops such shit?

Yes, I know. I can see the eye rolling from all my still-using-Windows friends who know I’m an Apple guy. They just think I enjoy bashing Windows and “overpaying” for my computers. Well, ok… the former is true. :P

Every so often, I look for Windows laptops.  I don’t want to buy them, but I want to want to buy them.  In other words, I want one to be compelling enough so I can say, “Yeah, if I needed a laptop right now and something a bit cheaper than an entry level Mac, I’d buy *this* PC laptop.”

The typical reason to buy a Windows laptop is “Well, I want a cheap laptop.”  The problem is, cheap Windows laptops are cheap… in every meaning of the word.  Most laptops under $500 are running Celerons, Pentiums, Core i3s (maybe), or an AMD who-gives-a-shit.  On top of that, they’re made of cheap plastic, are sluggish (due to the aforementioned selection of CPUs), and have a track pad that leaves a lot to be desired.  They also LOOK cheap (subjective, perhaps, but one generally can tell when they have cheap looking hardware).

Today, at Best Buy, after sampling so many of the shitty laptops I just described, I came across an older ASUS laptop.  It was selling for $429 and had a Core i5 chip.  It was very responsive, had a good track pad, and was a looker.  It was plastic, but didn’t look like a crummy piece of shit, nor did it feel like one.  I asked the sales guy about the laptop and he told me they were out of stock, “but we have this ASUS Core i3 in stock.”

And there you have it…. the other problem with buying laptops (or computers in general).  A typical consumer wouldn’t know the difference.  Oh look!  A Core i3.  It’s made by Intel.  The Best Buy guy™ recommended it.  It must be just as good and, hey, it’s slightly cheaper.  Sad to say, this particular ASUS suffered the usual Windows box problems of feeling sluggish and looking like cheap plastic.

Overall, however, ASUS is the manufacturer I’d buy from if I wanted a Windows box.  The majority of their machines look and feel the way I’ve come to expect from a laptop.  Apple sets the bar high!  :D

Verdict for now:  MacBooks are still far superior machines to 90% of the Windows counterparts.

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Facebook Messenger highlights iOS security vs. Android security.

Now that Facebook has pushed their new Messenger app on the public, some semi-scary info has come out in the form of what the app actually has access to. It also highlights iOS’ security model vs. Android’s security model.

I won’t cover each item in great detail, as that can already be found here.

Also, before I loudly proclaim what I already assumed, I checked with my friend Bill, an Android enthusiast with no bias toward or against iOS. I can always count on him to tell me like it is with Android, without the bashing. *I* may bash things I don’t like about Android, but I also don’t want to turn into a typical Windows user who bashes the Mac’s made-up faults (or faults that might have existed in 1995).

So, let’s start with the easy part – Android. Android’s security model is simple. When you go to download something, you’re provided with a list of items the app wants access to. You have to agree to that. It’s an “umbrella” agreement, meaning a yes is a yes to all. It now can do many of the things in that scary Huffington Post list. The end. The way to avoid the problem is to not download the app.

I can give much more detail for iOS because I downloaded Messenger for it to see how scary it is.
iOS has a much more piecemeal or à la carte security model. There’s no warning of what the app may want during the download process (and that’s ok). When Messenger starts up, it tells you what it needs access to, defaulting itself on the “ok” button, but providing you a smaller “not now” button. So, as the app begins, you get a choice for each thing the app wants. So far, what I have described isn’t even iOS keeping you safe, but Messenger itself. So, by tapping “not now,” you have declined the things it is asking for.

iOS comes into play if you tap ok to something in Messenger (or any new app you install, for that matter). You are presented with a dialog box that Messenger wants access to your *whatever*. You then have to explicitly give an ok there, or you can deny it if you accidentally hit ok in the Messenger app. So, Messenger can only access things IF you have given it access TWICE.

Things that Facebook generally wants access to include photos (can’t submit a photo if it can’t get to them), contacts, etc. If you’re like me, you say yes to the photos, but no to the contacts. I like that level of control to my security. There’s an article somewhere that says iOS won’t ask about photos until iOS8, but this is incorrect. Every new app on iOS7 that wants my photos needs permission.

Finally, there are some things in that list I provided which just aren’t possible on a regular, non-jailbroken iPhone. No app can change your wi-fi or network settings. That has not happened in the history of the iPhone. I have no idea if Android can/would allow such a thing to be done by an app.

I’ll close with the old argument. Android is more like openness and freedom, whereas iOS is more like a walled-garden or gated community. Last time I checked, however, many people actually want to be, and pay for, a safer, gated community. I’m in the latter camp AND I’m an IT guy.

Don’t ever invite a vampire into your house, you silly boy. It renders you powerless.” – Max (The Lost Boys)

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People who write articles with irrelevant pictures should only get jobs serving fries. The End.

Elisabeth Leamy is a prime example of why it doesn’t matter if you’re a “20-year consumer advocate of blah blah blah blah blah.”  Some people are in the position they’re in simply out of sheer luck, or they’re the incumbent, or they’ve misused their power to retain it. Who knows?

She wrote an opinion piece about a dashboard symbol that lights up when your tires are under-inflated, but the picture to go with the article is a generic car dashboard WITHOUT THE SYMBOL she’s writing about. So, if someone didn’t know what the fuck she was talking about, her article doesn’t help. Granted, my opinion is you should look at the owner’s manual and understand all the lights you see (or may see).

Elisabeth, you are unhelpful and should go do something you’re good at (writing articles with relevant pictures is not at the top of your list). To the rest of the world, she probably means this:

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The general, non-understanding public…

Ok, so Apple’s WWDC (Keynote) has come and gone.  Some pretty cool things introduced.  Even though I’m not an official developer and have never quite grasped Objective-C, you could easily tell that Swift was the “one more thing” moment that you haven’t felt come from Apple in a number of years now.

I know some Apple users were disappointed, but the funniest part had to be the Android camp.

  • Dude, Apple didn’t release a bigger phone!
  • Dude, Apple didn’t release a 5″ phone!
  • Dude, Apple didn’t release a better phone!
  • Dude, Apple didn’t release new hardware!

Apparently, Android users don’t understand DEVELOPER CONFERENCE. They only understand “SAMSUNG MAKE BIG PHONE!:P

I can’t wait to play with Swift. Maybe I’ll finally make a stupid game for iOS.

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Please consider donating to the “Take To Task” fund.  Someone needs to call these fools out on their lies and, if they can get paid for lying, it would be nice to get paid for telling the truth.

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Looks like ANYONE can be a “journalist.”

http://ca.ibtimes.com/articles/554328/20140531/apple-imac-macbook-pro-iphone.htm

Apple’s hardware cycles have been become anticipated events throughout the years. As the company is set to release a series of refreshed lines like the Macs, new information suggest that Apple wants to explore more chipsets for its computer line. According to reports, iMac, MacBook Pro and even products like the iPad and iPhone may be based on ARM processors. Will Apple make the switch? What does it mean for the upcoming products and Apple users?

You see… it doesn’t matter whether the rest of this article has a nugget of truth or anything even entertaining. Once you make the comment that products like the iPad and iPhone may be based on ARM processors, it’s like talking to a brand new scientist who says the human body may even be made up of cells, “like one or two.”

Precious, go back to being a ring, because you suck as a “journalist.”

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Jim Edwards — May have just had a virtual orgasm because I wrote his name.

Add another fool to the “Apple is losing” camp because of “lack of market share,” blah blah blah blah blah.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/iphone-6-had-better-amazing-122753501.html

On his page, he highlights all the reasons why Apple “only serves the richest 15%,” or some such nonsense.

IDC makes a new prediction every year and pushes it out at least 4 years because, well, MAYBE the stars will align by then.

Once again, and I can’t stress this enough:

  • Top of the line iPhones and top of the line Androids run about the same price.
  • Low end iPhones and low end Androids run about the same, even BOTH going as low as FREE.
  • iPhones, within the last couple models, are guaranteed to get the latest OS, even if some of the more complex functionality is removed/reduced.
  • REGARDLESS OF Android phone, you may or may not get the latest Android OS, nor is there a guarantee that you will get any updates. Of course, if you know how to root your phone or you’re willing to pay a techie with cash or sex, they’ll do it for you. :P

I realize people don’t care about that last one so much, as long as they have Facebook and Candy Crush. Oh, and by the way, Mr. Edwards, the Candy Crush maker also wants PAYING customers, something Android lacks, despite its heavy market share. Almost every Android user I know believes “software should be free,” like digital hippies. Not exactly who I’d be spending my time making stuff for. Ads may pay some revenue, but not like paying customers.

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