I was working with a PR person who asked me about some software tools. They wanted to know why I didn’t consider these tools anymore.
The biggest problem I have with these tools, is that they are all Windows. Most senior/high level Network Nerds aren’t using Windows anymore because it’s not reliable enough and basically insecure. That is, when I take a Windows laptop on site, I’m not permitted to connect it to the network. However,because I use a Mac, I am able to connect in most circumstances when working on customer sites.
What struck me as I wrote this, is that I didn’t even realise how true this was. The fact that I prefer using a Mac because it:
- doesn’t crash every day (it does crash occasionally)
- automatically back up the entire computer without special software (Time Machine).
- it’s the Craftman’s Tool for getting work done.
It’s kind of sad to think that after twenty years, billions of dollars, hundreds and hundreds of patches, that the only thing I know for sure about Microsoft products is that they are insecure and unreliable.
The simple fact is that field engineers laptops can’t bring Windows laptops to customer sites and connect them to network (note: Wireless Networking has different requirements here)
Even sadder, that most companies knowingly continue to use these defective Microsoft products for fear of changing to the unknown, and fear of cost. Even though we know that it would improve our business productivity and profitability.