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This was pretty interesting to me. A lot of people say they don't like Vista simply because they heard bad things about it. So they took a group of people and showed them a "new" operating system code named Mojave. Before they tried it they gave Vista low scores but they gave Mojave high scores. Then they revealed to their surprise that it's really Vista. Of course people on the internet didn't react well to that though.

[mojave experiment web site]

To be honest I think it's a problem each system has with some people. Including Mac, Linux and Windows. It's one reason why it's best to try it out yourself before you pass judgement. I myself have given lots of systems a try although I haven't gotten to use Vista much. I have only really used it briefly at the store.

What would be interesting to know is how many of those test subjects upgrade to Vista after this and how many of them end up keeping it.
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This was pretty interesting to me. A lot of people say they don't like Vista simply because they heard bad things about it. So they took a group of people and showed them a "new" operating system code named Mojave. Before they tried it they gave Vista low scores but they gave Mojave high scores. Then they revealed to their surprise that it's really Vista. Of course people on the internet didn't react well to that though.

[mojave experiment web site]

To be honest I think it's a problem each system has with some people. Including Mac, Linux and Windows. It's one reason why it's best to try it out yourself before you pass judgement. I myself have given lots of systems a try although I haven't gotten to use Vista much. I have only really used it briefly at the store.

What would be interesting to know is how many of those test subjects upgrade to Vista after this and how many of them end up keeping it.
smoketetsuo: (starbucks)
This was pretty interesting to me. A lot of people say they don't like Vista simply because they heard bad things about it. So they took a group of people and showed them a "new" operating system code named Mojave. Before they tried it they gave Vista low scores but they gave Mojave high scores. Then they revealed to their surprise that it's really Vista. Of course people on the internet didn't react well to that though.

[mojave experiment web site]

To be honest I think it's a problem each system has with some people. Including Mac, Linux and Windows. It's one reason why it's best to try it out yourself before you pass judgement. I myself have given lots of systems a try although I haven't gotten to use Vista much. I have only really used it briefly at the store.

What would be interesting to know is how many of those test subjects upgrade to Vista after this and how many of them end up keeping it.
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Mini)
I saw an article today, "Reasons why Vista is Better than OS X". Well, I am not against anyone thinking that it's better I mean, for them it probably is. But when they say stuff like this it doesn't work for me:

"Parallels can't run even the most basic Vista games such as FreeCell, Hearts, Pinball, Solitaire and Minesweeper, because it doesn't support DirectX 9."

Nevermind that:

A: those games don't use DX9 and CAN run in Virtualization

and

B: You can find equivalents\replacements in OS X so you don't need to run them in virtualization if you don't want. There's a minesweeper dashboard widget for starters.

He says that Vista is more secure and while recent contests superficially back him up that's not necessarily true in the real world. Even the ones who ran the contest said that for an average person that contest isn't good for them to base their assumptions about each of their security. The fact is is that contest was an artificial environment with specific rules so that's why it turned out the way it did. To summarize:

They used a commonly preinstalled piece of software on Vista to "pwn" it which wasn't allowed on day two, on day three the first guy wasn't in the contest anymore and his hack wasn't allowed. It was more of a case of first come first serve than anything. Then they also claimed no one was interested in pwning linux for some reason. I don't know how true that is but there you go. Those two other hacks where obviously not allowed on that day because they where already used.

Someone at TUAW commented that in a year as the Mac gets more popular he'll be running a "heavy antivirus" program on his Mac.. we'll see... we'll just see. Not that I'm saying it's impossible just improbable that there will be a torrent of OS X viruses and worms next year.

An editor at TUAW wrote a response to the article here. Someone commented saying that she shouldn't dismiss them out of hand and not doing that and not being researched automatically makes her wrong. Well, the author of the original article isn't much better in fact using misleading statements such as the example I posted above makes him even less correct than she is. In my opinion he's even less researched than she is!

He wrote that article probably mostly for the click-throughs... to rile up the fan boys and get them to give him ad revenue.. well I'm not going to directly link to his article here but you can find the link on TUAW's web page which I have linked.

To be fair I'm also not for people saying misleading\wrong things in favor of the Mac either. There was this guy one time who was saying that OS X is better than Windows because you can run the classic environment (which he claimed was an emulator which it isn't), and a bunch of other virtualized environments which he claimed you can't do on windows despite the fact I know you can and also I know there are more game emulators and some of the ones that are on both the PC version is more optimized.
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I saw an article today, "Reasons why Vista is Better than OS X". Well, I am not against anyone thinking that it's better I mean, for them it probably is. But when they say stuff like this it doesn't work for me:

"Parallels can't run even the most basic Vista games such as FreeCell, Hearts, Pinball, Solitaire and Minesweeper, because it doesn't support DirectX 9."

Nevermind that:

A: those games don't use DX9 and CAN run in Virtualization

and

B: You can find equivalents\replacements in OS X so you don't need to run them in virtualization if you don't want. There's a minesweeper dashboard widget for starters.

He says that Vista is more secure and while recent contests superficially back him up that's not necessarily true in the real world. Even the ones who ran the contest said that for an average person that contest isn't good for them to base their assumptions about each of their security. The fact is is that contest was an artificial environment with specific rules so that's why it turned out the way it did. To summarize:

They used a commonly preinstalled piece of software on Vista to "pwn" it which wasn't allowed on day two, on day three the first guy wasn't in the contest anymore and his hack wasn't allowed. It was more of a case of first come first serve than anything. Then they also claimed no one was interested in pwning linux for some reason. I don't know how true that is but there you go. Those two other hacks where obviously not allowed on that day because they where already used.

Someone at TUAW commented that in a year as the Mac gets more popular he'll be running a "heavy antivirus" program on his Mac.. we'll see... we'll just see. Not that I'm saying it's impossible just improbable that there will be a torrent of OS X viruses and worms next year.

An editor at TUAW wrote a response to the article here. Someone commented saying that she shouldn't dismiss them out of hand and not doing that and not being researched automatically makes her wrong. Well, the author of the original article isn't much better in fact using misleading statements such as the example I posted above makes him even less correct than she is. In my opinion he's even less researched than she is!

He wrote that article probably mostly for the click-throughs... to rile up the fan boys and get them to give him ad revenue.. well I'm not going to directly link to his article here but you can find the link on TUAW's web page which I have linked.

To be fair I'm also not for people saying misleading\wrong things in favor of the Mac either. There was this guy one time who was saying that OS X is better than Windows because you can run the classic environment (which he claimed was an emulator which it isn't), and a bunch of other virtualized environments which he claimed you can't do on windows despite the fact I know you can and also I know there are more game emulators and some of the ones that are on both the PC version is more optimized.
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Mini)
I saw an article today, "Reasons why Vista is Better than OS X". Well, I am not against anyone thinking that it's better I mean, for them it probably is. But when they say stuff like this it doesn't work for me:

"Parallels can't run even the most basic Vista games such as FreeCell, Hearts, Pinball, Solitaire and Minesweeper, because it doesn't support DirectX 9."

Nevermind that:

A: those games don't use DX9 and CAN run in Virtualization

and

B: You can find equivalents\replacements in OS X so you don't need to run them in virtualization if you don't want. There's a minesweeper dashboard widget for starters.

He says that Vista is more secure and while recent contests superficially back him up that's not necessarily true in the real world. Even the ones who ran the contest said that for an average person that contest isn't good for them to base their assumptions about each of their security. The fact is is that contest was an artificial environment with specific rules so that's why it turned out the way it did. To summarize:

They used a commonly preinstalled piece of software on Vista to "pwn" it which wasn't allowed on day two, on day three the first guy wasn't in the contest anymore and his hack wasn't allowed. It was more of a case of first come first serve than anything. Then they also claimed no one was interested in pwning linux for some reason. I don't know how true that is but there you go. Those two other hacks where obviously not allowed on that day because they where already used.

Someone at TUAW commented that in a year as the Mac gets more popular he'll be running a "heavy antivirus" program on his Mac.. we'll see... we'll just see. Not that I'm saying it's impossible just improbable that there will be a torrent of OS X viruses and worms next year.

An editor at TUAW wrote a response to the article here. Someone commented saying that she shouldn't dismiss them out of hand and not doing that and not being researched automatically makes her wrong. Well, the author of the original article isn't much better in fact using misleading statements such as the example I posted above makes him even less correct than she is. In my opinion he's even less researched than she is!

He wrote that article probably mostly for the click-throughs... to rile up the fan boys and get them to give him ad revenue.. well I'm not going to directly link to his article here but you can find the link on TUAW's web page which I have linked.

To be fair I'm also not for people saying misleading\wrong things in favor of the Mac either. There was this guy one time who was saying that OS X is better than Windows because you can run the classic environment (which he claimed was an emulator which it isn't), and a bunch of other virtualized environments which he claimed you can't do on windows despite the fact I know you can and also I know there are more game emulators and some of the ones that are on both the PC version is more optimized.
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Well, Vista fell in day 3 in the contest. Some people are saying Vista shouldn't be blamed because it's through Flash... a third party application. Who doesn't have Flash installed? It's one of the first things to be installed when you open a browser if it hasn't already been pre-installed which a lot of times it is. If it was allowed on day two both systems would look just as bad. IE (it's supposed to be sandboxed) and Vista still allowed Flash to misbehave. I'm not trying to bash Vista here but if Mac users have to accept that OS X was "pwned" through Safari so do Vista users have to accept that Vista was "pwned" through a combination of IE and Flash. Apparently, Flash circumvented IE's protected mode and Vista's UAC.

I guess it's time for all of us to migrate to Ubuntu since it's the clear winner here. ;) But it's still possible to pwn a linux box if the user is lax on their security. Who switches operating systems every time they hear of an insecurity for the one they are currently using? That would be a horribly inefficient thing to do.

Don't forget that whole contest was so they can find the exploits and send them to the vendor so they can patch them. It's just unfortunate that it adds to the fire of OS wars.

An average person may take away from all this that computers are just hard work to be avoided but with more and more things going online which are created by flawed human beings no one thing is completely safe. I've heard of Xbox live accounts being hacked and people have always been hacking any piece of electronic hardware for good or bad.

I don't think people should give up on computers or technology because of all this. I go back to my original point when someone said the only way to be safe is to not get online. One may think the only way to have personal safety is to not ever leave the house but what kind of life is that?

What I mostly think one should take away from all this other than there are talented hackers that are out for recognition... and a free notebook and a cash prize while they are at it. Then keep your operating system patched and things like a firewall on.

Some good quotes (sic) from here:

As a side note, the actual conditions to win simply required reading a user accessible file from the drive and transimitting its contents, so UAC (nor the corresponding sudo root access in Linux and the OS X Equivelent) wouldn't do anything to help. The OS maker really can't do anything to stop malware running as the current user from accessing files that the current user can touch.

The purpose of this competition wasn't to access the security of a given platform but to root out new zero day exploits, first in the base OS, then in the default applications, and then in popular third party applications.

You should be happy that regardless of how long it took that the exploit will be fixed and not used against normal users.
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Well, Vista fell in day 3 in the contest. Some people are saying Vista shouldn't be blamed because it's through Flash... a third party application. Who doesn't have Flash installed? It's one of the first things to be installed when you open a browser if it hasn't already been pre-installed which a lot of times it is. If it was allowed on day two both systems would look just as bad. IE (it's supposed to be sandboxed) and Vista still allowed Flash to misbehave. I'm not trying to bash Vista here but if Mac users have to accept that OS X was "pwned" through Safari so do Vista users have to accept that Vista was "pwned" through a combination of IE and Flash. Apparently, Flash circumvented IE's protected mode and Vista's UAC.

I guess it's time for all of us to migrate to Ubuntu since it's the clear winner here. ;) But it's still possible to pwn a linux box if the user is lax on their security. Who switches operating systems every time they hear of an insecurity for the one they are currently using? That would be a horribly inefficient thing to do.

Don't forget that whole contest was so they can find the exploits and send them to the vendor so they can patch them. It's just unfortunate that it adds to the fire of OS wars.

An average person may take away from all this that computers are just hard work to be avoided but with more and more things going online which are created by flawed human beings no one thing is completely safe. I've heard of Xbox live accounts being hacked and people have always been hacking any piece of electronic hardware for good or bad.

I don't think people should give up on computers or technology because of all this. I go back to my original point when someone said the only way to be safe is to not get online. One may think the only way to have personal safety is to not ever leave the house but what kind of life is that?

What I mostly think one should take away from all this other than there are talented hackers that are out for recognition... and a free notebook and a cash prize while they are at it. Then keep your operating system patched and things like a firewall on.

Some good quotes (sic) from here:

As a side note, the actual conditions to win simply required reading a user accessible file from the drive and transimitting its contents, so UAC (nor the corresponding sudo root access in Linux and the OS X Equivelent) wouldn't do anything to help. The OS maker really can't do anything to stop malware running as the current user from accessing files that the current user can touch.

The purpose of this competition wasn't to access the security of a given platform but to root out new zero day exploits, first in the base OS, then in the default applications, and then in popular third party applications.

You should be happy that regardless of how long it took that the exploit will be fixed and not used against normal users.
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Well, Vista fell in day 3 in the contest. Some people are saying Vista shouldn't be blamed because it's through Flash... a third party application. Who doesn't have Flash installed? It's one of the first things to be installed when you open a browser if it hasn't already been pre-installed which a lot of times it is. If it was allowed on day two both systems would look just as bad. IE (it's supposed to be sandboxed) and Vista still allowed Flash to misbehave. I'm not trying to bash Vista here but if Mac users have to accept that OS X was "pwned" through Safari so do Vista users have to accept that Vista was "pwned" through a combination of IE and Flash. Apparently, Flash circumvented IE's protected mode and Vista's UAC.

I guess it's time for all of us to migrate to Ubuntu since it's the clear winner here. ;) But it's still possible to pwn a linux box if the user is lax on their security. Who switches operating systems every time they hear of an insecurity for the one they are currently using? That would be a horribly inefficient thing to do.

Don't forget that whole contest was so they can find the exploits and send them to the vendor so they can patch them. It's just unfortunate that it adds to the fire of OS wars.

An average person may take away from all this that computers are just hard work to be avoided but with more and more things going online which are created by flawed human beings no one thing is completely safe. I've heard of Xbox live accounts being hacked and people have always been hacking any piece of electronic hardware for good or bad.

I don't think people should give up on computers or technology because of all this. I go back to my original point when someone said the only way to be safe is to not get online. One may think the only way to have personal safety is to not ever leave the house but what kind of life is that?

What I mostly think one should take away from all this other than there are talented hackers that are out for recognition... and a free notebook and a cash prize while they are at it. Then keep your operating system patched and things like a firewall on.

Some good quotes (sic) from here:

As a side note, the actual conditions to win simply required reading a user accessible file from the drive and transimitting its contents, so UAC (nor the corresponding sudo root access in Linux and the OS X Equivelent) wouldn't do anything to help. The OS maker really can't do anything to stop malware running as the current user from accessing files that the current user can touch.

The purpose of this competition wasn't to access the security of a given platform but to root out new zero day exploits, first in the base OS, then in the default applications, and then in popular third party applications.

You should be happy that regardless of how long it took that the exploit will be fixed and not used against normal users.
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I posted this as a comment in a friend's entry about it and figure I may as well post it as a regular journal entry:

Details inside... )

Quote from TUAW: "The exploit was pre-coded by Miller, and two other co-workers from Independent Security Evaluators. It took several weeks to code, but isn't as headline grabbing as saying it fell in two minutes...."
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I posted this as a comment in a friend's entry about it and figure I may as well post it as a regular journal entry:

Details inside... )

Quote from TUAW: "The exploit was pre-coded by Miller, and two other co-workers from Independent Security Evaluators. It took several weeks to code, but isn't as headline grabbing as saying it fell in two minutes...."
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I posted this as a comment in a friend's entry about it and figure I may as well post it as a regular journal entry:

Details inside... )

Quote from TUAW: "The exploit was pre-coded by Miller, and two other co-workers from Independent Security Evaluators. It took several weeks to code, but isn't as headline grabbing as saying it fell in two minutes...."
smoketetsuo: (captain jack)
I came across this article which tests the new service pack for Vista versus XP in gaming benchmarks. Of course since Vista scored lower than XP the Vista hating people are all out in full force.

Here's the thing... )
smoketetsuo: (Default)
I came across this article which tests the new service pack for Vista versus XP in gaming benchmarks. Of course since Vista scored lower than XP the Vista hating people are all out in full force.

Here's the thing... )
smoketetsuo: (captain jack)
I came across this article which tests the new service pack for Vista versus XP in gaming benchmarks. Of course since Vista scored lower than XP the Vista hating people are all out in full force.

Here's the thing... )
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Mini)
Whenever Vista is talked about there is always someone who compares it to OS X and says it's a copy. One would think that since I'm a Mac user I would agree with that idea but I don't. Theme-wise they are nothing alike.

Rant Inside... )

In the end however I don't think it matters terribly. Both companies sometimes lift ideas from each other or others and everyone benefits. I think some people still harbor the playground mentality that life is a zero sum game and I don't agree with that.

I also don't expect this to change anyone's minds as I don't think an anvil hitting their heads would even work but I just wanted to vent a little.
smoketetsuo: (Default)
Whenever Vista is talked about there is always someone who compares it to OS X and says it's a copy. One would think that since I'm a Mac user I would agree with that idea but I don't. Theme-wise they are nothing alike.

Rant Inside... )

In the end however I don't think it matters terribly. Both companies sometimes lift ideas from each other or others and everyone benefits. I think some people still harbor the playground mentality that life is a zero sum game and I don't agree with that.

I also don't expect this to change anyone's minds as I don't think an anvil hitting their heads would even work but I just wanted to vent a little.
smoketetsuo: (Chibi Mini)
Whenever Vista is talked about there is always someone who compares it to OS X and says it's a copy. One would think that since I'm a Mac user I would agree with that idea but I don't. Theme-wise they are nothing alike.

Rant Inside... )

In the end however I don't think it matters terribly. Both companies sometimes lift ideas from each other or others and everyone benefits. I think some people still harbor the playground mentality that life is a zero sum game and I don't agree with that.

I also don't expect this to change anyone's minds as I don't think an anvil hitting their heads would even work but I just wanted to vent a little.
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When I am on the PC I like to use the program Windowblinds to skin my interface. With Vista I was a little concerned that it might fall behind not being able to skin everything new there. But take a look at this. Glass toolbar support and blur support! You can even make the toolbar transparent and add a blur to the older WB skins while you wait for your favorites to be updated as seen here. It looks like it's even getting other options like sidebar skinning as well. Neither screenshot seems to have an updated skin in it the toolbar buttons in explorer aren't skinned yet but I'm sure they are working on it. I would like it if they could make the all the toolbars and status bars transparent as they can.. at least the standard ones. I also think you should be able to set the strength of the blur.

You can see more of their upcoming stuff here. Although one thing I'm not happy about is stardock central is getting it's own skin. Which looks like it's more at home on a Mac.. but oh well at least even if you use the whole object desktop you don't have to keep stardock central running all the time.

Hmm... soundpackager.. I use something like that on the Mac called Xounds.
smoketetsuo: (Gir Thumbs Up)
When I am on the PC I like to use the program Windowblinds to skin my interface. With Vista I was a little concerned that it might fall behind not being able to skin everything new there. But take a look at this. Glass toolbar support and blur support! You can even make the toolbar transparent and add a blur to the older WB skins while you wait for your favorites to be updated as seen here. It looks like it's even getting other options like sidebar skinning as well. Neither screenshot seems to have an updated skin in it the toolbar buttons in explorer aren't skinned yet but I'm sure they are working on it. I would like it if they could make the all the toolbars and status bars transparent as they can.. at least the standard ones. I also think you should be able to set the strength of the blur.

You can see more of their upcoming stuff here. Although one thing I'm not happy about is stardock central is getting it's own skin. Which looks like it's more at home on a Mac.. but oh well at least even if you use the whole object desktop you don't have to keep stardock central running all the time.

Hmm... soundpackager.. I use something like that on the Mac called Xounds.

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