I had many of these opinions from years ago, and hey have proven correct. Some may remember that Outlook was "suspended from school" because it would run viruses and Trojan attachments to SPAM without asking - that was only one of its many "features". Needless to say I avoid Outlook like the plague.
I have also avoided Flash for years, and some may remember the real reason - that if a hacker sets a web page to pull the Flash engine from a site where it has been "re-engineered" (instead of from the manufacturer's source), that hacker can actually take over your machine and "have his way with it". And with you and your data.
One item not mentioned in this discussion is "The Cloud". I never cease to wonder at the ability of "Marketing Geniuses" to come up with more ways to separate us from our cash - and from our data. The idea that all of our applications will always be somewhere else - and that all of our data will always be somewhere else - is abhorrent to me... with 2 Terabyte hard drives less than $150 nowadays, why would I want to pay more for storage of everything that should be securely stored on MY computer to be on someone else's?
I never see discussions about the possibility of losing the internet connection in the middle of doing any work, far less important stuff like sales presentations and accounting, the possibility of a hacker sniffing the line to access data, and I wonder - why?
I think the executives of this world - who apparently barely know about business and management and are barely technically functional outside of texting - are to blame for taking Ol' Bill's corporate bait - and they take the whole enchilada hook, line and sinker.
Microsoft gets richer and richer by persuading every business in the world that they simply MUST install the latest Suite of Microsoft Bloatware as soon as it comes out... and it's as if Billy boy has a money pipe directly into every corporate bank account, because the new versions magically appear and render almost every document format before it obsolete in a matter of seconds.
".doc" to ".docx". I rest my case.
(Few of the "suits" seem to know about such things as the "Save As Type..." options".
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