Tired of patching patches to patch Windows patches? Writer suggests getting a Mac

“It’s a good idea to add the Microsoft update site to your list of maintenance sites you check every week or so, along with your anti-virus sites, your ad-aware definitions and your spyware definitions,” James Derk writes for Redding.com’s Science and Technology section.

“Is anyone else upset about all of this? How often do I have to patch the operating system for my cell phone, my telephone, my PDA, my car or any other numbers of electronic devices I have in my house? This whole patching thing is getting way out of control and the first product that comes along that controls spam, viruses, spyware and ads will really make a gazillion bucks,” Derk writes.

“I get a lot of mail suggesting that people use other technologies… If you think an Apple will suit your needs and can afford it, I would certainly add it to the list. Their laptops especially are a design work of art,” Derk writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we’re fond of saying, if you’re finally tired of downloading and installing patches to patch patches that patched patches issued to fix patches that broke while patching a patch that didn’t patch the first patch, but broke the last patch you patched, you might want to try a Mac instead. More information about adding a Mac OS X machine to your computing arsenal here.


  1. I’ve been a Mac fan for 4 years now, and I think more than ever, people are getting sick and tired of windows (al last) and have an eye on Apple. The Mac is gaining respect.
    I really feel like market share is gonna grow relatively fast in the next few years. Go Apple !!!

  2. I stopped patching windows long time ago.
    I save time and headache by not patching.

    All you need is good anti-virus softwae (like AVG), pop-up blocker and SpyBot software.

  3. -defrag

    The mere fact that you had a list of tools should be a big red flag in the first place – it is still something one has to think about, and implement.

  4. I knew I’d get a reply…. : )

    I have only Windows XP and MS flight simulator on my PC and it runs just fine. Never had problems. I had problems only when I applied patches, so I am staying away.

    For everything else, I am on my Mac.

    Thanks Patrick.

  5. We have on PC in work, and I have locked it away and told my boss it’s broken.

    Even if it was, technically, working, I’d say functionally it’s always been broken.

    I love OS X. Get well soon Steve. Peace.

  6. There is no need for the Macintosh to patch, get a pop-up blocker, SpyBot, Ad-aware, antivirus protection. It has the defense it needs OUT OF THE BOX, without the bs hassle that PC users claim is “maintenance.” I’ve heard so many PC users say that it’s silly that people complain because of having to get anti-virus software and I’m like, “Why not just get an Apple and not even have to deal with those problems?” They are masochistic I think. Whatever. I think people are going to come around one day, when other people start doing it.

    This is the time to get people into Mac OSX. It is considerably better than Windoze in almost every way.

  7. “How often do I have to patch the operating system for my cell phone, my telephone, my PDA, my car or any other numbers of electronic devices I have in my house?”

    Cell phone — I had to get a new cell phone about 9 months after I bought my last one because of a problem with it. They just swapped it out. The Verizon people claimed it had “bad software.”

    Telephones — Home telephones are dumb instruments. All the smarts are at the switches at the phone company.

    PDA — I don’t own one, so I can’t say.

    Car — There are “mechanical patches” to a number of cars. They’re called recalls.

    Other Devices — They aren’t networked. Install Windows on a machine without Internet access (assuming you could get all the latest patches on CD :^) and I’m sure you’ll have fewer problems. Of course, where’s the fun in that?

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