I've consciously avoided bringing the subject up for the most part, but it should be no surprise that I do not hold the common views of Microsoft software being virus-happy security nightmares. Luckily, someone has already put my thoughts to paper quite well, so I don't feel much of a need to rehash what he's said. So, pretend I wrote this:
Microsoft security is nothing to sneeze at
Agree with me (him) or not. I've grown weary over the years of arguing about it.
I think that the world has changed a lot in the past couple years, and people suddenly care about security. In the days before the internet, nobody cared too much. Computers were about letting people do whatever they wanted. Now they're about letting a few people do what they want, and everyone else not being able to do anything. I don't really blame anyone's insecure old products; there just wasn't any reason to favor security over functionality. I mean, the people who invented TCP/IP and the internet and all that jazz were pretty damned smart, and they weren't really thinking about these things either. It still boggles my mind how idiotic things like email are by today's standards, but at the time it must have seemed like a great design.