[mythtv-users] MythTV vs Media Center - funny

Brian Wood beww at beww.org
Sun Jan 21 16:41:08 UTC 2007

On Jan 21, 2007, at 8:32 AM, Stroller wrote:

> On 21 Jan 2007, at 15:05, Brian Wood wrote:
>> ...
>> So let me get this straight: You are trying to tell us that you think
>> MythTV is better than Windows MCE? On this list?
>> If I ever heard a case of "preaching to the choir" this has got to be
>> it :-)
> Obviously you don't read any Macintosh-users lists. It becomes quite
> nauseating to hear so often how crashy, unreliable & user-unfriendly
> "Winbloze" is. Macintoshes are far more secure by design, you know,
> and quite "immune" to viruses.

Not "obvious" at all. In fact this mail is being written on a G5  
iMac, and I wouldn't go near a Windows system if I could possibly  
avoid it.

Although I have a working Myth system (304 days uptime so far) I  
sometimes use EyeTV on a Mac with a Plextor TV402U capture device. If  
it's a program on a channel without commercials, like TCM, and I know  
that I will want to simply burn it directly to a DVD I just record it  
with EyeTV and then "toast" it.

Of course the cost of the Toast and the EyeTV software is enough to  
buy a complete Myth frontend :-)

As for "immune" to viruses, nothing is, but a Mac is certainly more  
resistant to them, as is any Linux or other Unix-based system.  
Windows will pretty much run any code you present to it, without  
regard to what user owns it or has permission to execute it etc. Even  
if you could get "evil" code onto a Unix machine you would still have  
to manage to get the OS to agree to run it.

Windows is attacked so much simply because it is so pervasive, it  
presents the broadest front. You can't stop a determined intelligent  
attacker, but you can certainly slow down a script kiddie, or even a  
pretty good "botmaster" who is just trying to replace a windows .dll  

I have machines ranging from ARM-Based NSLU2s to PCs to Macs and  
various laptops, but it's surprising how often when I just want to  
"get it done" (as opposed to playing around) that I turn to a Mac.

With the new Intel Macs the older G4 and G5 machines are getting  
CHEAP, and I hope more people start to figure that out.

But, as usual, I'm getting WAY OT here.

At least I *mentioned* MythTV, and a discussion of its alternatives  
is certainly relevant here.

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