Yawn… Microsoft Announces Free Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware Solution

Back in November, Microsoft announced an anti-malware application (currently code-named Morro) will be released for free in the second half of 2009.  What do I say?  It’s about time!

Microsoft already has an anti-malware solution, however.  It is called OneCare, and they charge fifty bucks for it – yearly.  It hasn’t been doing so well.  And why should it?

As a consumer, when I buy something, I expect it to work.  If it doesn’t, it seems to me there is obviously a problem.

Viruses exploit vulnerabilities in the operating system; the fewer the vulnerabilities, the fewer the viruses running rampant on the Internet.  Essentially, Microsoft is charging to fix problems caused by their own software.  That seems honorable, no?  Needless to say, I’m not jumping for joy at the news of Morro coming down the pipeline.  Should it not be the responsibility of Microsoft to either release secure operating systems – or repair the damage caused by insecurities?

What if we were talking about cribs?  Would you shrug your shoulders as your infant tumbles to the ground, risking life and limb, in a poorly constructed crib?  We as consumers have been trained to have different expectations from different industries.  Granted, data is nothing more than ones and zeros, but I know few people who would see losing their computer to a virus as anything but detrimental.  Why have we come to not expect the same quality of software providers that we expect from all other businesses?

Regardless, I think we’d all be crazy not to install Morro when it comes out.  You can’t beat the price, and it certainly can’t make things worse, right?  Well, this is assuming it doesn’t have vulnerabilities of its own.

The Joy of Technology

After a good weekend of coding, designing, tweaking, fetching content from other sites…  I think I’m past the “moving in” stage and can now sit back, relax, and enjoy.  The menus at the top of the page are ripped right from kieransmith.net (well, the old kieransmith.net) except for the photos, which come from eclecticthoughts.com before I gank that down and mirror this blog there as well.

So, I thought I’d get creative and see if I could use the RSS feed from my blog to get stuff into Facebook.  You know, why duplicate efforts?  So in my quest I discovered two nifty apps.

For wordpress.org participants (you host your own blog), there is Wordbook – a nifty app that integrates WordPress postings into Facebook.

Don’t host your own blog?  You’re hosting it at wordpress.com instead?  Not a problem!  Check out the Wordpress.com Facebook application.

Even having worked on this sort stuff for 14 years now, with the last few years most definitely being full of “application-based” projects, technology never ceases to amaze me.  If you can think of it, someone else has already done it.  The real trick is doing it better!

Welcome To Eclectic Thoughts

For those of you who have been with me for a while know that I have eclecticthoughts.com and kieransmith.net.  I hosted both from my living room, but when I found a hosting provider I was happy with, I decided to move kieransmith.net over.  Eclecticthoughts.com has database needs, believe it or not, and so that will take a bit longer to bring over.  The goal is, eventually, to have eclecticthoughts.com and kieransmith.net be one and the same with the content from both merged together.

Thanks for joining me in my new home!