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12 Years without Microsoft and loving it!

As of April, 2004 I stopped using all Microsoft products.

For many reasons. I know people like to debate about microsoft products. However, for me its not a debate.

Examples [Just a tiny bit]:

  • If I was a contractor and came into your company and said, “I am going to record all your keystrokes, and put them on my server every 30min”, you would laugh me out the door. Especially in software, where the source can be recreated from the key logs.  Well, Microsoft does it.
  • If I was a contractor and came in to your company and found a security bug, and then sold it on the black market making you vulnerable before there is a patch to hackers.  You would probably sue me; and maybe even press charges of some kind, as it can put you out of business.  Well, Microsoft does it.
  • If I was a contractor and came in during the night and upgraded all your desktops to an OS you haven’t tested… well I think you get the point by now…
  • UEFI – Just look into it…
  • Severe security issues; and poor coding.
    • Keep in mind even if they don’t use the keylog maliciously, with the poor security wrapped around it, it is within reason to think it would be compromised.

Please keep in mind I am just looking at the black and white of things. This has nothing to do with how I ‘feel’ about them.  From a business standpoint, I can not simply fathom the use of any Microsoft product in any serious company; especially a software development one.

Now, I am experienced in IT/Software Development/DevOps; and anyone will tell you security is a trade off with convenience.  That is true.  However, between the cost (which is high); and the constant worry about security and stability with each patch.  Its something people really need to ask themselves, ” Is this really convenient/cost effective”; and 15 years ago it might have been yes. Now, there is no excuse.

 

Reason #… I’ve lost count…not to use Microsoft.

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Welcome all windows, and samba users. Please read badlock.org for why poor decisions have led to this day.

There is a known vulnerability with samba, please read the site listed. If time permits I will update this article with better info.  However, if you are running Samba the shame on you… especially the old version. I have not “had to run samba”, for anything in several years now.

Please read my article on using AFPd in linux to use it as a time machine  backup.  Works great! Or my preference is NFS on a LAN. 

Either way, I  hope this helps a few people. Please share the article if it helped.  There is a patch with CVE on the way according to their site.

Sincerely,
M

Top 10 Most Powerful Computers in the World!

As some people may know; I like to use the example of  “Out of the top 500, how many supercomputers in the world do you think  use [your OS here]?”.  I use this example for a reason.  Unlike conjecture, theories, and even “gut feelings”; it shows that the OS was chosen, and serious money and time were poured into it.  This shows that is it at least a player in the field, and can handle the serious levels of computing needed.  It also shows things like, tune-ability, flexibility with change, and a few other things that only the people working with their own projects will be able to tell.  We are not concerned with that, just that they are on the list; and why if it sticks out as odd to see why.

I am using the TOP500 Project for this information, and it does get re-evaluated often.  However, I will say this; just like in nature there will always be a pretty clear delineation when it comes down to who is the “Winner” in this space.  Or the most efficient/successful like in nature.

The reason I write this article is to show a certain group of people an example of the difference in reality versus what advertisements, rumors, and self-perception have molded in their minds.  I think it is a good exercise to show the affects of the budgets used to change our perceptions. A good example is the budget used by companies like Microsoft (over $2,000,000,000); and Apple (over $1,000,000 in 2013/2014).  This is just money, and perception however.  This will never affect real life numbers on performance, math doesn’t lie. Results and time are my favorite sources of information.  Its a simple concept, there are 1000s of ways to move items.  However, in our lives in this age of technology the wheel is still very much in use.   Its the best solution at the time…. (a small but powerful statement).

So in lieu of keeping you away from the data pron you came to look at:

 

Top 10 Super Super Computers - Nov 2015

Top 10 Super Super Computers – Nov 2015

 


 

Here is the actual breakdown by OS (as of Nov 2015), as I know that is what most people are interested in:

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I know some people are wondering where is Windows, or IOS.  If you will notice; even in the breakdowns by OS they are pretty much all Linux/BSD [Windows isn’t even a filter option on their site as of right now].  This list is more a list of flavors of Linux with a few BSD machines in the list.  You will notice, like in most of the lists done in the past; there is not a single Microsoft product on the list.  This is a very simple, and very important fact that way too many people make.  This includes everyone from the guy that fixes your desktop all the way up to the VP of Infrastructure.  They are all swayed by what they own, and the amount of advertising spewed forth at them non-stop. Keep in mind these people are generally more connected than the rest of the populous.  Thus, affected even more so by the ads.  Combine that with sales people/calls/pressures on support/etc, and you get smart companies ( I didn’t say large), that make really bad technology decisions.  I exclude myself from that ad loop; and look purely at statistical performance.   This is great for business; since you can eliminate a TON of costs; and licensing fees/etc that you would have if you went with something not on this list.

 

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Want to see the full list of over 500 super computers for 2015?

If you use Microsoft, you get what you deserve…

…only if you read this and keep using it…

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     If you use Microsoft, it doesn’t make you dumb. We all know its the most popular, and shoved down your throat by the $2,000,000,000 they spend a year trying to sway your opinion.  Not to mention the bullying tactics I have seen first hand in the B2B space.

Keep in mind I am not talking solely about privacy as seen in the picture below.  However, that alone should be enough for any business to stop using them immediately.  Most companies are afraid of change, because it usually costs money. Although, if you truly calculate the costs of running Microsoft as an OS you will see that it is much higher.  Not only is it fiscally irresponsible (not to mention ethically/morally), but if you are a software company; or one that relies on it heavily.  You will find that the completely horrid security of windows makes it a great target.  Combine that with uneducated users and you get the hackers favorite playground.

You may have noticed that I haven’t mentioned performance comparisons.  Thats because windows doesn’t even come close to the stability and speed of Linux/BSD.  Here is an experiment for you Windows users.  Try turning it on, and not doing anything and let it run for a month straight.  Then make note of when it crashes (because it will).  Then do the same with a vanilla Linux install. I turned my last laptop off after 376 days of uptime.

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