[Linux-aus] So... was _this_ included in those TCO studies?
leon at cyberknights.com.au
Tue Jul 19 21:09:01 UTC 2005
For your amusement:
On a recent Sunday morning when Lew Tucker's Dell desktop computer
was overrun by spyware and adware [...] he did not simply get rid
of the offending programs. He threw out the whole computer.
Tucker, an Internet industry executive who holds a doctoral degree
in computer science, decided that rather than take the time to
remove the offending software, he would spend $400 on a new machine.
[...] "[...] It was cheaper and faster to go to the store and buy a
[...] throwing out a computer "is a rational response," said Lee
Rainie, director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project [...]
The number of viruses has more than doubled in just the last six
months, while the number of adware and spyware programs has roughly
quadrupled during the same period, said Vincent Weafer, a senior
director at Symantec [...] [mine have gone from 0 to 0 -- LB]
"Things are spinning out of control," said David Gelernter, a
professor of computer science at Yale. Gelernter said his own
family's computer became so badly infected that he bought a new one
this week. He said his two teenage sons were balking at spending
the hours needed to scrub the old one clean of viruses, worms and
Buying a new computer is not always an antidote. Bora Ozturk, 33,
who manages bank branches in San Francisco, bought a $900 HP
computer last year only to have it nearly paralyzed three months
ago with infections that he believes he got from visiting Turkish
He debated throwing the PC out, but it had pictures of his newborn
son and all of his music files. He decided to fix it himself,
spending 15 hours learning what to do, then saving all his pictures
and music to a disk and then wiping the hard drive clean -- the
equivalent of starting over.
OK, 15 hours learning. What's your time worth? AUD$30 an hour? Rip up AUD$450
and toss it over your shoulder. But you can buy a new low-end PC (no screen)
for AUD$370+GST retail. Then spend _how_long_ saving and wiping? Call it at
least another six hours (AUD$180) for a novice, more likely 8 or 10.
And... where is that in the TCO studies? Or just pay a tech roughly $200 to do
that twice a year? In the studies? Not.
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