Cargo magazine’s October 2005 issue looks at 2005’s laptops and chooses the Apple iBook G4 as a portable they considered among “the best in several categories, on the basis of performance, portability, and design, among other criteria,” writes Cargo’s Mark Spoonauer.
Cargo’s description of Apple’s iBook G4:
With its handy iLife multimedia suite, innovative Tiger operating system (we love the quick Spotlight desktop search engine), sexy casing, and relative immunity to viruses and spyware, the iBook is the laptop of choice if you want to simplify your computing – and look good doing it. One thing we miss: the hottest new PC games.
Cargo magazine’s October 2005 issue is not yet online, but is available at newsstands now. Cargo’s website is: http://www.cargomag.com/
MacDailyNews Take: We agree with Cargos’ blurb, right down to the “games” comment – if you want games, get a console – but, we have one objection which you can probably guess: the use of the word “relative” when describing Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger’s operating system’s immunity to viruses and spyware. Why are we pointing it out? Simply because most people reading that would come away with the misunderstanding that Mac OS X might have some viruses and spyware when, in fact, Mac OS X has zero (0) viruses and spyware to date.
Oxford Dictionary definition:
rel•a•tive |ˈrelətiv| adjective: considered in relation or in proportion to something else • existing or possessing a specified characteristic only in comparison to something else; not absolute.
Apple’s Mac OS X’s immunity to viruses and spyware is an absolute, and has been for five years now. There are no viruses and spyware for Mac OS X. Since Mac OS X is immune to viruses and spyware, Cargo’s description fails to explain Mac OS X’s immunity correctly and, as such, fails their readers.
Cargo’s description would have better served their readership if they had simply left out the word “relative” altogether. We make a point of this not to nitpick, but because this is a common issue with reviews of Mac OS X; we don’t know if writers are somewhat uninformed (such reviewers obviously know that Macs have “less” viruses and spyware issues, at least), can’t quite believe that, to date, Mac OS X is completely immune from viruses and spyware, or something else.
No qualification is necessary and inserting the word “relative” muddies the issue unnecessarily. To date, Mac OS X is absolutely immune to viruses and spyware.
Cargo can be contacted here: http://www.cargomag.com/site/readeropinion/
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