Just yesterday, I was moderating comment spam, detected by the Akismet, WordPress Plugin. Most of the comments were obvious spam while a few were not. False positives occur sometimes, so I make it a habit to look through them from time to time.
I was researching a link from one particular web site, when all of a sudden, my anti-virus started identifying viruses. Before I could read what was found, or where from, the computer I was using locked up. From that point on, I only had control over the mouse. I couldn’t open or close programs or even run a full virus scan. I couldn’t use Alt+Tab or Ctrl+Alt+Del shortcuts either.
The only thing left was to perform a hard restart. Afterwards, my computer would never boot into Windoz. Instead, I was enamored by Micro$lop’s BSoD (Blue Screen of Death). I could not boot to Micro$lop’s “All Powerful” Safe Mode, nor could I get Windoz recovery to work.
I like to think of myself as a responsible computer user. I run regular virus scans, do regular backups and have disk images of the Micro$lop Windoz systems I manage. However, after several failed recovery attempts using the Acronis True Image recovery process, I gave up on the recovery efforts. While I was able to verify my data was safe and intact on the same secondary hard drive as the disk images, for some reason, re-imaging the disk was simply not possible.
Upon further investigation and several hours of digging, I found the MBR (Master Boot Record) on my system hard drive, had mysteriously vanished. In addition, I found other weird drive errors suggesting major disk fragmentation issues. I use a very replicable defragmentation software called Diskeeper, so I found this odd.
At the end of all this, I came to a vital realization, with permanent implications:
Dependability, reliability and stability are just not something provided by anything with Micro$lop’s name on it.
As such, I have decided I will not waste any more of my time or money with Micro$lop Windoz. My primary desktops and laptops are Apple. My servers are Linux. So why continue to bang my head against the wall with Micro$lop trash?
Enter Debian GNU/Linux 5.0
In my Dell on Board with Linux Development article, I say:
Dell is actually supporting, to some degree, the use of Linux on other various Dell computer equipment.
The subject machine I have been discussing is a Dell Precision T3400. A simple Google search lead me to several articles on the Dell Linux Engineering website about just such a system.
In the words of Clint Eastwood:
You’ve got to ask yourself one question…
In the end, is it more of a risk to use Linux or to continue using Micro$lop Windoz?
I’m all in with Apple and Linux and I’m all out of Micro$lop Windoz.