Malware that can infect the Mac

Mac OS X Isn’t Safe Anymore: The Crapware / Malware Epidemic Has Begun – StumbleUpon. This is a good article about malware that can infect the Mac. It gives you some understanding of how to avoid malware when you download programs on the Internet.

There is clearly less malware on the mac but you still have to be careful. Ever since I found malware at CNET and other places I started avoiding them. Really the only way to send a message to companies is to avoid sites that promote malware.

Mac OS X Isn't Safe Anymore: The Crapware / Malware Epidemic Has Begun - StumbleUpon

Malware to me is anything that you don’t want. Most people do not understand the extra programs that get installed when they install software. The price for most “free” software is quite high.

I wonder if this is why Linux has had problems getting adopted. The average person after getting burned by “free” software feels that they are not going to depend on a “free” operating system. They probably wonder what the catch is. Other people have said why Linux isn’t popular. It also has malware so it doesn’t seem there is an easy answer to this problem.

Tired of Siri? Maybe Google Now or Cortana is better?

I watched a Microsoft demo of Windows 10 and it showed Cortana being charming and interesting. It certainly was a jab at Siri who is looking pretty dumb by comparison. So since Apple hasn’t developed Siri as much as the Microsoft/Google, I did some research to find what Voice assistant is the best. It is a really mixed answer.

It appears that each voice search has a preferred syntax or way of speaking. To me the phone should understand the query no matter how terrible the syntax. Google Now barely was the leader with the most “correct” responses. However it had some drawbacks that wouldn’t make it the easy choice. There really is no easy choice on the best Voice assistant. They are all a mixture of good and unhelpful things. I don’t like Google’s attitude toward privacy so I am not going to share my data with it. Microsoft isn’t much better. If you buy a Windows 8.1 laptop for example they tell you straight up that they will collect information. That isn’t the right response. The right response is to keep everything private and not require sharing data in order to have a functioning system. I like that Apple stepped up the plate and said what their privacy policy is, and for me, that is enough to make me want to use Siri even if she is dumber in her recognition of words and meaning.

If privacy isn’t important to you, Cortana seems like a better choice to me. She is integrated nicely into the OS and even allows you to send an email without starting an application. That is awesome. This is going to be a great help to differently able people, and hopefully reduce the money they need to spend on voice recognition software. I love that as technology gets more personal, the things that used to be additional costs no longer exist. Technology is a great equalizer when the social impact is considered.