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It’s time to start issuing PC licenses


If you think I’d about to make fun of Windows users because one in three of them haven’t patched their PCs for a known security hole, which has been used by the Conficker worm to infect more than a million Windows PC in 24-hours, you’d be wrong. I’m also not going to make fun of Ubuntu Linux, because one Dell user couldn’t get Linux to connect to the Internet or run a word processor.

No, what I think both situations show is that the most common problem with PC today is between the monitor and the keyboard, aka Joe User.

Joe, you see, is dumb. You’d think that in the 21st century with no one under the age of 40 able to remember when there were no PCs and no one under the age of 30 who can recall when there was no Web, that we’d be over basic computer illiteracy. You’d be wrong.

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