I loved this article. You told it the way I’ve wanted to say it for a long time.
In your article you asked, “If you can name me an application that’s without holes, I’m all ears.” Well, I believe that I have been using such an application.
In the past, I have used both Symantec’s and Norton’s anti-virus programs and have never been happy with them. For the last two years I have used a free program called eSafe Desktop by Aladdin and I have even purposely opened known virus/worm-infected e-mails on my computer knowing that eSafe would protect me, without the program being updated with the new virus pattern.
So, from my perspective, eSafe is always one step ahead of the virus writers–so far. Aladdin has, in my opinion, written the best anti-virus program in the world. I have to laugh when I hear that the Canadian government is using Norton–which in my opinion is a consumer program–and gets clobbered by a virus that my free program protects me from. Aladdin has some formidable clients, including Asian stock exchanges where protection is extremely important.
I suggest you try out their software. I have no vested interest in the company…just a believer!
I loved your article, especially the use of a typewriter for a week. I sent your article to my entire staff!
I think Canadian Internet Registration Authority did not consider their results carefully. They attribute the survey results as “pure emotionalism, i.e., pure nationalism.” The real reason is that most dot-ca sites list prices in Canadian dollars, indicate PST and GST at the checkout, and provide policies and indicate charges for shipping to Canadian addresses. However, the dot-com sites usually do none of these things, often forcing the Canadian buyer to e-mail or phone the company to find out how much a purchase is really going to cost.
With the Canadian dollar steadily sinking relative to the U.S. dollar, this is more important than ever!
This piece was dead-on in every way. Excellent and interesting analysis with great writing to boot. Why can’t newspapers do this?
An encouraging sign I have witnessed over the last few years is former technophobes who are now building Web sites for fun. I have a handful of friends who used to mock and belittle the tech revolution (without having any meaningful experiences with computers), but now these same people have embraced the Web and computers. Once they see for themselves the benefits of the Internet, digital music and graphics they quickly realize they had been mistaken.
I still find myself arguing (without being too serious) with guys who like to say things like computers are “evil” or a nuisance. Obviously these comments are borne out of inexperience. People need to be patient with technology, there won’t be any drastic changes overnight. Also, people need to be realistic about what technology can and cannot do for them.