University of Nebraska-Lincoln IS Manager: ‘Macintosh has a slight advantage in security’

“During the 1990s, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was split down the middle – not by anger or intolerance, but by computer technology,” Mark Mahoney reports for The Daily Nebraskan.

“Windows PCs and Macintosh computers were all over campus, split evenly across the university in residence halls and department computer labs as the age of the Internet was taking off,” Mahoney reports.

Mahoney writes, “Tom Eads, who has managed UNL’s Information Services computer labs since 1997, said the current ratio is no longer even. It now favors PCs, which make up 70 percent of the 500 machines in the 31 labs Eads is in charge of. ‘Over the years, I’ve adjusted that ratio based on how users are actually using the computers and the labs,” Eads said. “I think the ratio we have now is about right, based on the fact that we track very closely user preferences.'”

MacDailyNews Take: Get ready to adjust that ratio again, Mr. Eads.

Mahoney continues, “Eads said PCs and Macintoshes are on an even playing field since they usually have the same programs, but he said Macintosh has a slight advantage in security.”

MacDailyNews Take: We hereby announced the Grand Prize Winner of “The Understatement of the Decade Award” to Mr. Tom Eads, who is, amazingly, the UNL’s Information Services computer labs manager. For the Grand Prize, we award Mr. Eads a clue, as he obviously needs to get one: According to the FBI, Viruses, spyware, other computer-related crimes cost U.S. businesses $67.2 billion per year. According to Sophos, there were 114,000 known viruses for Windows PCs as of the end of 2005. Apple’s Mac OS X has had zero viruses and no known spyware for it’s over five years of existence which cost businesses worldwide $0 per year. Just “a slight advantage in security,” you see.

Mahoney continues, “Although each college has its own computer labs, Eads said his office doesn’t keep track of the number of computers in individual colleges. ‘I can’t speak to what other colleges and departments have,’ Eads said. ‘I know certain colleges, like journalism, used to be specifically Macintosh, but I think recently they turned to Windows, but I’m not positive on that.'”

Full article here.

47 Comments

  1. Hey MDN, take it easy on the guy. At least he admits that Macs are more secure. Most IT department people I know say things like: “Oh you can’t have a Mac on our network because its a security risk” or “Macs aren’t compatible with our network, so we don’t allow them” or “We don’t allow Macs because you can’t get Symantec Anti-Virus for them”.

  2. “I know certain colleges, like journalism, used to be specifically Macintosh, but I think recently they turned to Windows, but I’m not positive on that.”

    Keep inspiring confidence there, Eadsie-old-boy!!!

  3. “Eads said PCs and Macintoshes are on an even playing field since they usually have the same programs, but he said Macintosh has a slight advantage in security.”

    Good thing he works for an institution of higher knowledge. Otherwise, he might be accused of being an idiot.

  4. Can’t say I don’t have a bit of shame here as I’m a journalist in Nebraska who knows how much better OSX is when it comes to, well, everything.

    Keep in mind this story came from a college newspaper — and it appeared to me to be worthy of a C- in terms of effort. Then again, when I was in college (at a different institution in Nebraska), I handed in my fair share of got-drunk-slept-in-too-late-ran-out-of-time reports.

    At least this is an ‘issue’ on a campus and that Macs are mentioned without being totally dismissed. These are the small ripples that have to preceed any major waves in the modern platform wars. It’s a slow process, but I love watching it unfold each day while reading my macdailynews.

  5. The article mentions that one of the students has to use Windows for her 2D and 3D software
    “In Architecture Hall, Megan Peterson, a junior interior design major, was working Thursday night in the “Barn,” the nickname given by architecture and interior design students to the giant hangar-like room on the third floor.

    Peterson said she is required to use a PC for her major-specific classes because students use the computers to work on 2-D and 3-D representations of their work.”

    Is this a weaker 3rd party area for Apple?

  6. “…Macintosh has a slight advantage in security.”

    Other equally idiotic uses of the adjective “slight” —

    Bill Gates has a slightly larger bank balance than I do.
    The Sun is slightly warmer than Pluto.
    etc.

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