News & Links For April 29, 2010

A couple items in my feed reader caught my attention today:

CNet’s Rafe Needleman had an article where the headline says it all – Do Not Pay For Security Software. I use Microsoft Security Essentials on all my Windows PCs and have no complaints. Unless you purposely go to the high crime neighborhoods it should be all you need.

Symantec continues to grow beyond the Antivirus world and has bought PGP and GaurdianEdge to enter the encryption markets. I still have nightmares about trying to uninstall their AV products as they ate away at machines. They’re in many more markets these days and do quit well, but still I have visions of bloatware that secures a PC by making it unusable.

The Consumerist readers voted Comcast The Worst Company In America. I will say that my interactions with their customer service have never been good. At best they’ve been tolerable. But I have to admit that I have no complaints about them as an ISP. I know they’ve been caught throttling and doing other things I don’t like, but my service has always been good making my interactions with them few and far between.

I haven’t said anything about the Gizmodo/Apple kerfuffle over the iPhone because, well, because I just don’t care. But this John Stewart bit is a riot. My favorite lines are “…but now you guys (Apple) are busting down doors in Palo Alto while Commandant Gates is ridding the world of mosquitoes.” and “if you want to break down someones door, why don’t you start with AT&T … they make your amazing phone unusable as a phone.”

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