windows would be as secure as UNIX if people stopped being idiots and going on the internet using administrator accounts. It is very very very hard if not impossible to damage a vista systsme using a limited account
True enough, but the number of viruses that target operating systems is pretty steadily decreasing. Unix-based and Vista* systems are both rather difficult to exploit, so far as the OS itself is concerned. It's a lot easier to write programs that take advantage of 3rd party software made by companies who don't want to afford the costs of hardening their applications, such as Symantec's AV software (just had to throw that in :P). Also, there's a disturbing trend towards social engineering attacks (i.e. phishing) that cannot be programmatically distinguished from authentic software. The stereotypical Linux user (though this is changing) is probably best suited to handle this new attack vector, as they [stereotypically] are more aware of such methods. The average Mac or Windows user is probably quite vulnerable to this sort of attack.
Maybe this should be in a different thread... but it's a fun discussion :D
*: Vista is still young, so time will tell but it's been largely rearchitectured with security in mind. It is certainly doing better than previous Windows versions.
I'm personally really hoping for 3 things:
1) a PSP, what can I say, those things are pretty sweet now that they've (mostly) fixed the dead-pixel problem
2) a Mini-Mac, I want the one with the core 2 Duo, so I can get my Macintosh skills back up to par, like they were in the mid 90's
3) a desktop computer (windoze) that ISN'T 9 Years old. What can I say, I can't compete in this market without up-to-date windoze knowledge, and I can't have that with the old p.o.s. copmuters I have lying around the house.
However, I'm not going to get any of these things, anyways... I don't know anyone who could afford to spend this much money on me ^_^
Yeah, I live in the UK so it's in pounds stirling but I'm in the same boat really. Some of my friends get like...incredible stuff worth over £500 (approx. $1000 maybe a bit less now lol)..but they're only children