Murphy's Law: 5 Reasons Why I Don't Want Apple's OSX

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stormspace

What?
1. No built-in anti-malware protection

Windows Defender and Security Essentials, both free from MS.

 2.  Windows gets all 14,000+ windows viruses. Macs get..what.. 20 mac viruses every..what? 2 years?

See above... 

 3. DLL files. Enough said.

The GAC eliminates DLL's. It's part of .net  

 4. Activation & Validation. Enough said.

I'm against this, but it's a small price to pay to get the PC I want at half the price of Macs. 

 5. If i use windows, im am a part of the freaks who think they are hot stuff with their gaming machines.

Jealous much? Even my moderately powerful PC can play games not available for Mac. And it doesn't crash using Flash. 

• Plus, OS X is built on open source components. The reason Windows bypasses this is because it's so easy to hack. Shows how secure it is, huh?

 OSX is way more hackable and Apple can't do anything to stop it, other than bring lawsuits against the hackers. Nice technological solution they have.

 • I am a networking and IT professional and i have been using Macs and PCs since 1994. And since then, Macs have been the only one bringing in new ideas. Name ONE idea that Microsoft came up with that Apple didn't already have, is stil used today, and that Apple doesn't have. Do it.

Backwards compatibility.  Apple never had it and still doesn't.

 

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Ali

Go Windows Go.... Apple>?! Meh......!!!

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Baer

The latest processors let you have four or six physical cores and four or six virtual cores giving you an effective eight or tweleve core system. No Mac can do that and you are also stuck not being able to use all that free headroom built into the newer Intel chips. My $190 i7920 can run up to 4 Ghz on decient air cooling and it has eight cores available to me. Macs are like Yugo's Vs a BMW (or insert you fav car here) when running the ever growing number of multothreaded apps.

Now if you are anut tillie in Deluthy who only looks as web pages and sends e mails and you do not mind paying the Apple tax then go ahead and do what Uncle Steve orders and get a mac.

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mdkplus

Wow Murph did you throw a water baloon into a hornet's nest or what. I thought of one other reason besides the 5 excellent points you made, and that would be availability. You can't just go buy a Mac in your local 2-horse town. You either have to find a dealer, a Mac store, or buy it online. And they don't have near the price gamut as a pc, more like just two choices-- 1. take it or 2. leave it

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Fecal Face

Using "Simplicity" as a reason to buy an OS (and I guess the hardware to go with it, eh apple?) doesn't make sense to me. IMO, Simplicity is relative to the user. I, for example, run Rainmeter, ObjectDock Plus, Fences Pro, and Windowblinds. After configuring everything in sight to my tastes, I would say that my computer is miles more "simplistic" than it was when I installed W7. To someone else, it would be confusing, because they would have no idea where anything is, and would rather the default W7 theme / desktop.

My neighbor recently purchased a macbook. She said "its so much easier because at the university when everyone else is trying to connect to the internet the macbook just goes". I actually chuckled a bit inside. No offence to her, but this is probably user-related. If the university had free wi-fi (sounds like it does) then i'm pretty sure any university student familiar with Windows/Ubuntu/whatever OS they're using could easily connect to it. See for me, using W7 to connect to the university would be very simple, but for others, evidently, it isn't (wasn't).

Now I don't mean to insult anybody when I say this, but i'm probably going to anyways: every single person i've known that's switched to a Mac, saying "it's simpler", wasn't very competent with Windows in the first place. (example=my neighbor)

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TheMurph

Can't win with 'em, can't win without 'em...

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Cruzg10

so why not cheat instead?

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machine73

As both a Mac and PC user, I prefer the functionality, tweakablity, customization, etc to my Mac. my Macbook is just that. A Macbook. nothing more, nothing less. Can't upgrade the mobile GPU or CPU. Stuck wiht just the HDD and ram upgrades. Where-as my Workstation is capable of running quad SLI GPU's. Oh wait the Mac Pro's can do that also. Albiet with 1 year old outdated cards.

The arguement always boils down to what is better. Off the shelf Mac's kick ass for Mr. average Joe consumer as long as they have a good credit rating. Where-as PC's are...Ehhh as well as disposable units.

But when it comes to Mr. Joe Tweak it till it blows...there is nothing that Apple produces, or is planning to that can stand it's ground against an Overclocked, watercooled quad SLI setup. 

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Michael Ellis

Stand your ground man! You were not in the wrong but now you have admitted defeat.

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Michael Ellis

p.s. I do like your points, they will be useful in arguing with Mac diehards as to why Windows is not a piece of crap.

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Cruzg10

Did you just respond to yourself?

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PeterVu

No linux distro starts with Microsoft and ends with Windows...

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persondude

Well, in that case -

"...you have utterly failed in your attempt to keep heathen software elements from besmirching the good name and reputation of your precious PC." 

I didn't say it, it's in the article.

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Mr_Histamine

...looks like someone found the hidden coin room; you've even got enough comments to earn a 1up!

I do agree with your points though; especially on the security bit.  I usually tell my friends and family that it doesn't matter which system you get, if you initiate something hazardous it'll destroy both systems equally fast.

I always recommend that they treat their computer like a pet dog.  You wouldn't "feed" it stuff handed to you by some random stranger and you wouldn't take it to a dog park littered with hazardous waste; but you would take it to the vet for check-ups and medication.  If you apply the same methods to your computer, it's easy to keep any system infection-free.

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Mighty BOB!

Love the analogy. I'll have to start using that.

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zepontiff

Apparently if you use a Mac you HAVE to hang out on PC blogs. I use a PC therefore I don't have to hang out on Mac blogs.

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Tebastian

A quick back of the hand calculation and one or two google searches tells me that 21 of the 32 'essential apps' are either cross platform or the equivalent is freely available for Mac OS (and several are in fact intrinsic and much more comprehensive than the apps you list - Time Machine v Syncback, Mac OS's native pdf editor v Foxit)

The remainder of the list are composed of the various system analysis tools (of which there are plenty of free Mac OS equivalents although I didn't match them specifically), anti virus or malware software, and DVD ripping and conversion software (which I also didn't check although given how much the Mac is used in video production I am sure there are plenty as well)

And right on cue from The Reg: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2010/05/13/ten_essential_freeware_mac_apps/

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DeveloperDavid

Thanks for writing this Murph! Glad to have you back from the dark side! Max PC just got better!

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cjbriare

Five reasons why i DONT want Windows:

1. No built-in anti-malware protection

 

2.  Windows gets all 14,000+ windows viruses. Macs get..what.. 20 mac viruses every..what? 2 years?

 

3. DLL files. Enough said.

 

4. Activation & Validation. Enough said.

 

5. If i use windows, im am a part of the freaks who think they are hot stuff with their gaming machines.

 

Plus, OS X is built on open source components. The reason Windows bypasses this is because it's so easy to hack. Shows how secure it is, huh?

 

I am a networking and IT professional and i have been using Macs and PCs since 1994. And since then, Macs have been the only one bringing in new ideas. Name ONE idea that Microsoft came up with that Apple didn't already have, is stil used today, and that Apple doesn't have. Do it.

 

If you name one that i can't match, i'll buy you a beer. 

 

 

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Neufeldt2002

I can name 2

 

Activation & Validation

Nobody wants to steal macs because they aren't worth it.

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saleenman

You guys sound like a bunch of whiny kids!  Just pick a OS you like and don't complain about it and don't try to prove that it is better! We all like what we like for a reason, so just get used to it, everyone is not going to do what you said just because you want them to.

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Cruzg10

Burn!!

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Caboose

1. No built-in anti-malware protection.

Why do you need it built in? There are plenty of easily accessable, and very free anti-malware apps available. AVG, Avast!, etc

2.  Windows gets all 14,000+ windows viruses. Macs get..what.. 20 mac
viruses every..what? 2 years?

Windows also has, what 95% market share over Mac. When you're the most widly used system on the planet, of course people are going to try and take it down. You do realize, that the more Apple gains market share in the personal computer arena, the more they'll be targeted. Just look at the iPhone. Every single jailbroken iPhone was hijacked. iPhones are regularly targeted by hackers, because of the popularity that it has. In addition, Apple is very slow in fixing any security issues with their systems. Heck, they even refuse to admit there are issues at times, or like to use "band-aid" fixes. Take the keyboard hardware hijack flaw for example. The guy that found it brought it to Apple, and they passed it off as no big deal...

3. DLL files. Enough said.

And what is wrong with DLL's?

4. Activation & Validation. Enough said.

If you use any Adobe software on your precious little Mac, you have to activate it. Now that Steam is on Mac, you'll have to activate most games. Get used to it!

5. If i use windows, im am a part of the freaks who think they are
hot stuff with their gaming machines.

Shall we talk about all the Mactards that flaunt their iCrap and turn up their nose at everyone else? How about those "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" ads that Apple runs? Anything that touches the hand of Steve "Wonder-Boy" Jobs, is a "gift from god himself". Need I remind you, that the leader of your favourite cult was a hardcore drug addict? ACID anyone?

Plus, OS X is built on open source components. The reason Windows
bypasses this is because it's so easy to hack. Shows how secure it is,
huh?

OSX may be based on OpenSource software, but Apple keeps it very closed. Very tightly. If it was so open source, why does the Windows platform (and Linux) toute a much larger software library? And not just games. All sorts of apps. From office apps, to network tools, to multimedia, to general purpose.

I am a networking and IT professional and i have been using Macs and
PCs since 1994. And since then, Macs have been the only one bringing in
new ideas. Name ONE idea that Microsoft came up with that Apple didn't
already have, is stil used today, and that Apple doesn't have. Do it.

How about a Server OS that actually works properly? A support system that has people that know what the hell they're doing? Microsoft Office (they may have not made all of it, but look at the world. Almost all businesses run MS Office), free service packs (you can't tell me that going from Leopard to Snow Leopard was a completely new OS that warranted paying for it. it was a service pack)...

If you name one that i can't match, i'll buy you a beer.

No thanks. I drink rum...

 

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monkeykid753

His name is real name is Jesus Steve Christ, and since he gives jobs to, maybe 10 real people a year, they call him Jobs.

The more junk you know about Apple and the more you know about the "Creator" of the "Products" which smell, the more you can despise Apple. See what I'm getting at (Steve's colon is mighty good at "producing" things)?

If any MacTards read this, make sure that you know that this was meant to offend you :D

Not meant to offend anyone else.

My exploding trick: Any iPad/Phone/Mac haters get a lot of silly putty, then clog up the speakers on iPad and iPhone or vents (if they exist) on an iMac and wait for a few minutes... then....

BIG BOOM!!!!

 

The Creator of that

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Havok

 It's Jobs-a the Hutt.

 

 

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AntiHero

You just took all of his "points" and proved them totally invalid.

THe ones that I found most stupid were the

"DLL Files" statement. This is retarded for 2 reasons. Do you know what that acronym stands for, assuming you do, I hope you realize (this coming from a Linux/Windows/former Apple user) DLL's are great, that is because it is a Dynamic Link Library that shortcuts all windows programs to the proper code (.net if you will in this example) instead of having to run something to run the program 100% independantly from the install files, it can go "Do X and find some of it already running in windows 'here' and then move on to the next task it needs to complete" Nextly the DLL's are great for smaller install files since most of the repositories are already available.

"It's based off Open Source" This is both true and false. Also, the open source statement conflicts with the concerns of security with OSX, but I'll get to that in a second. The truth in it being based off Open Source is that the very core is based off BSD, which is cool and all, but not commonly used. The false in this is that the BSD you're using is no longer really a Unix OS, it's so tightly locked up and as close to closed source as possible, that it is no longer running under the GNU, and gets to be considered its own project like Windows, uh oh, you're part of something more tightly sealed than a shuttle, from an open source comparison at least.

As for the security concerns... Yes, windows has a lot of viruses, if you're running Windows XP. I run Vista and I don't get ANYTHING. XP is so widely used and so outdated, that of course there's a ton of viruses, if you're on Service Pack 1 for XP, you're going to have more viruses than on Service Pack 3, why? security fixes, which Apple does not do. Now, as for the open source mixing in with the security concern, guess what, more open source programmers out there than windows virus makers, so uh oh! You're about as easily cracked as anything else "open source" which I use that term lightly in OSX's case. People can manipulate it way better, and since OSX doesn't really see anything wrong with a program running what it wants, what's to say you don't get a logger that records account information for anything? I'm sure there are/were some exploits for that, and there will be more as Apple gets more popular.

The iPhone can be bricked by plugging it into your computer and being on a certain website or clicking a certain link if you're unlucky, and the virus ran dormant on the OS until it registered an iPhone. So Apple is no more succeptable to viruses as ANYTHING else, this includes Linux, Unix and BSD. We ARE in a world where computing isn't safe, regardless of where you go, what you do and what you have. Dangers lurk everywhere, be it in the browser level, OS level, or server level, there's always something being exploited.

Now, as far as the statements about Activation and Validation are concerned, those are good. Apple doesn't need it because people aren't inclined to steal that OS, or make it work on NON apple machines for the most part, and those that do are doing it for curiosity, not because they want a Mac for cheap. Windows needs the activation since Microsoft is a software company (hence the last 4 letters in the name) and that is where their money comes in from, whereas Apple is a company that does everything from make the OS to sell the systems and support so they make their money in more than one place. That in itself is both bad and good for multiple reasons but I won't get into that.

That validation isn't as big a hassle as you seem to make it out to be either. I run the OS install, type in a 25 digit code, and bam, I'm done, that's all. I do more validation for video games than Windows itself, hell I do more for my bank account than for Windows. Honestly,  think you're just poorly informed about all of this, and have had the occasional bad experience. Arguing about operating systems is ridiculous to begin with, but you SHOULD have the facts in a better perspective before trying to argue with people who are IT professionals. Apple has its place, so does Windows, neither are superior. Android phone, iPhone, WinMo, or BlackBerry, they all do the same things: Manage email, sms, text, phone calls, notes, calendars, contact synchronization, web browsing and entertainment, just different form factors, UI's and methods of handling everything. Same goes for Computers. I use Linux for multiple desktops, since it's useful in web design or coding, and I use windows for games and everything else...nothing more is needed. I'd get a macbook for a laptop maybe, just because they're ok laptops, and laptops aren't for games. Let's face it, I'd end up putting Ubuntu and Windows on the damn thing anyway...Like I did with my current Laptop, and PC, and plan to do to my netbook.

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Irick

 

First off, yes, DLLs are not the worst thing about windows. I'd point out the huge bottleneck that is the windows registry personally, which has become a cluttered outdated and archaic collection of system settings, some of which no longer used by any standard and just adding bloat to the OS.

Secondly, what the hell does GNU have to do with Unix? I think you are mixing Unix up with Linux. Unix is a certification POSIX of compliance. By all practical terms and definitions, OS X is in fact a Unix operating system, compying to the UNIX 03 standards. Not to mention BSD and GNU are _fully_ different licenses. I'm not sure what your point is here. OS X can run most Unix POSIX utilitys without any need to recompile.

Thirdly, there is a large difference between Windows and any *nix OS when it comes to viruses. Mainly that being that windows has a horrible implementation of user level restrictions. At the core of the OS every user could run programs as if they were run by a system admin, even under Guest. Granted the ways to do such are exploits, but the system allows every user that ability. *nix systems do not have that sort of flaw.

And Apple releases security patches regularly, you'd know that if you had actually used OS X and ever updated. :P

Fourthly, Validation is an issue. Particularly with the testing the OS does to determine if the installation is "Genuine". The system microsoft uses generates a lot of falce positives, and those are a pain to deal with. While you only see it as a 25 digit code, the system knows better. It is DRM, and a very invasive DRM that tracks nearly every aspect of your personal computer and waits to deploy its payload until certain events become true, just like a trogen. The only difference is, this trogen is part of the installation.

 

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cjbriare

oh yeah... Look at the issues of the MaximumPC Magazine. Most of them are HOW TO MAKE WINDOWS WORK AGAIN.

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Computer Whiz

That's because nobody uses MacOS so there is no need for anyone to care how to fix them and also notice that the name of this place is MAXIMUMPC not MAXIMUMMAC. Both of those could explain the surplus of PC based articles.  

http://www.peoplesreviews.99k.org

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Mighty BOB!

I despise Apple and all their products as much as the next guy (heh, you should hear my rants), but was this "article" (and I use that term very loosely) supposed to have a point?  Did I have a stroke midway through and miss out on a page of misadventures where five terrible things happened to you while you were making a switch to a Mac?

 

This is drivel in its most pure and unadulturated form.  Nothing but inciteful Apple-bashing.

For shame.

 

Also you forgot Linux.

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TheMurph

I believe the point was: "Five reasons why I wouldn't switch to OSX."  Would you have preferred...  more reasons? 

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Mighty BOB!

The article has no substance.  How about a harrowing tale of
misfortune?  No?  Maybe a well-constructed persuasive column of why
Apple would be wise to alter its overbearing closed-off business
practices?  Perhaps some research into Apple's "justifications" for
their practices?  Or maybe what limited things can be done on the platform, but why that isn't enough for a power user?  What about something we
don't already know?  ("No" games, no customization, no security, no
freeware, is common ammo in the anti-Mac repertoire.)  No?  A Witty
joke?  No?  It's just straight-up bashing.  That's not the kind of content I pay to see come from MaxPC.

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TheMurph

"How about a harrowing tale of misfortune?  No?"

Nope.  I don't own a Mac.

"Maybe a well-constructed persuasive column of why Apple would be wise to alter its overbearing closed-off business practices?"

Nope.  As established in the other thread, that would be "reporting on Apple / turning MPC into Apple News Central," and nobody here wants to read that.

"Perhaps some research into Apple's "justifications" for their practices?"  

See above.  Short answer: To make money.

Or maybe what limited things can be done on the platform, but why that isn't enough for a power user?

See above.  This isn't Mac-imum PC.

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monkeykid753

You show him!!! Just wondering, why do you never put a title in? 

My exploding trick: Any iPad/Phone/Mac haters get a lot of silly putty, then clog up the speakers on iPad and iPhone or vents (if they exist) on an iMac and wait for a few minutes... then....

BIG BOOM!!!! 

 

The Creator of that

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Mighty BOB!

"Nope.  I don't own a Mac."

So then I point back to my previous question of "What's the point?"  Just giving a status quo update/shoutout to the visitors?  "Hey guys, so yeah we all still hate Macs and stuff.  Carry on."  Because you probably won't have to do any convincing to the regulars that they should stay away from Apple and their products (Apple does a good job of doing that to themselves).

 

"See above.  Short answer: To make money."

Well I meant more of a chronology of how they got that way, but my bad for not conveying that.

 

"As established in the other thread, that would be "reporting on Apple / turning MPC into Apple News Central," and nobody here wants to read that."

"See above.  This isn't Mac-imum PC."

Oh the irony.

(Nice play on words with the Mac-imum PC though.)
Well I'd rather have some journalism about what current dastardly deeds Apple is up to than a random jab at them.  I like to read MaxPC.com for the news, and I do enjoy it, including your other articles, but this one wasn't news and I'm disappointed in it.

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Cruzg10

You say it like Apple-bashing is a bad thing

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Keith E. Whisman

"This is drivel in its most pure and unadulturated form.  Nothing but inciteful Apple-bashing."

YEAH It's great isn't it. I mean who doesn't enjoy Apple Bashing? In fact FUC* Apple and it's extensive line of Computers and Entertainment Devices.  

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Cruzg10

YEah! fuck apple! i second that motion

 Who else seconds it!?

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JoeDLP

i don't think Macs cost significantly more than a PC.  Before you freak out over this, consider the hardware inside an iMac and that it's an all-in-one machine.  Now compare the cost of an iMac with an all-in-one PC with similar specs.  The prices aren't that different, definitely not as big of a difference as some people seem to think.  Same goes for the macbooks and PC laptops.  If you want a PC with a monitor and a case then sure, it's cheaper but then again, it kinda takes up a lot of space.  Windows vs. OSX?  I don't care.  I use both and I like both equally.

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Jox

It's "Woe unto", College boy.

-Jox

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i7_DOMINATION

Dave Murphy, what's your opinion on a jailbroken iphone vs a droid phone?

 

Doesn't a jailbroken iphone offer similar functionality to a droid phone? 

 

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Baer

I have had so many clients complain of their P C slowing down when they add the newer iTunes. When I remove the useless Bonjour service that Apple includes with iTunes and also the Apple updater so it can not be added back all is then well and iTunes continues to run. Is this a conspiricy to make P C's slow down with a peice of crapware from Apple? You decide.

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aCi11i3s

I'll jump all over this bandwagon, as I completely agree.  PC for the leet and Apple for the mass noobs.  What would Apple do if it ever caught up with Windows?  When David catches Goliath, what does he do then?  Good luck tackling that one...lmao.  They have a looonnnng way to go.

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sybert

David killed Goliath and cut off his head.

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Oedipus_Rex

Crap!

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little about you

LOL... Windows=liberalism ; MacOS=communism ; Ubuntu=..???..

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Computer Whiz

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Cruzg10

Feudalism??

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AmTGMan

Anarchy... :P

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