I haven't worked on Windows machines of a while now. The last time I owned a windows machine was when XP was still new and fresh. Ever since I've mainly used Linux machines with a couple of Macs thrown in.
To be honest, they all have their advantages and disadvantages. My firewall runs on a Linux machine but I rarely have to touch that. When I work in Photoshop I use the mac. When I do something on the network it doesn't really matter as I tend to use the command line so it doesn't really matter what system I use. Now that I'm doing more pen testing training the Linux machines gets a lot more of my time though.
Why am I telling you all of this? To simply give you some background information before going on to the next item on the list (and the headline of this article)... Windows 8(.1)!
I thought I would hate it! I've seen Vista on machines and didn't like that and from what I saw (screenshots, etc) I expected Windows 8 to be worse. And the thing is, it probably is. At the moment I'm freelancing for a company in the Netherlands and they "make" me use a windows system as pretty much their entire environment is windows based.
At first I didn't like Windows 8 that much but I learned to work around the things I didn't like. Then I received a different machine. I got to work on a Dell Latitude E7440... with touchscreen!
That changed everything for me. All of a sudden the metro interface is actually quite nice. I tap the screen when I need to, swipe when I want to and it all works like a charm. Everything that bothered me before is fine now as I get the best of both worlds. The touch screen and the keyboard/mouse combo. Sure, there are probably other systems out there that will work just as well (my Linux boxes are pretty much ancient in tech terms and even my macbook pro is a couple of years old and will be up for replacement soon) but that doesn't change the fact that I'm not pleasantly surprised by Windows 8.1
Perhaps it's not all that bad after all.
Somebody thought that my reasons for choosing Sett over other platforms were a bit "too simple".
That might actually be true but then, does that really matter? My main reason for choosing Sett is that I've been following Tynan for as long as I have and I want to support his project. Personally I don't think there is anything wrong with doing things just because you want to support people you respect but obviously other people are entitled to disagree.. As for respecting Tynan, if I didn't I wouldn't support the project. Or perhaps I should say that I respect the image he portraits. After all, I've never met him so I'm just going by his posts. That said, I'm going to go out on a limb and say that I think the person we see in the posts is probably the person he is. Colour me naive if you want to ;)
And yes, part of that is probably because I can identify with a lot of the things he writes. Too give some examples. I too went from being introverted to being extroverted. And I too like to keep growing and to constantly keep learning new things. It's why I am a photographer who does IT work but also has a background in security, economics and psychology.
When it comes to other points I'm still lagging behind a bit. For one, I don't have the discipline that he does. It's something that I am considering working on but who knows, perhaps I'll choose to keep procrastinating from time to time. Will that be a waste of time? Of course, that's a given. The question though is not if it will be a waste of time but if I care enough to change it. So far it seems I don't just yet but who knows, given time, I might change my mind. Then again, procrastination is a flexible term in my case as well. To me procrastinating is not doing what I'm supposed to be doing. That said, I'm usually learning something new when I'm procrastinating. Whether it's another language or just something that caught my fancy. So when I'm procrastinating I don't waste that time doing nothing at all but spending it towards one of my goals, continued education. On the other hand, I could just use that as an excuse not to give up on procrastination just yet.
So there you have it once again, my reasons for choosing Sett really are very simple. I could dream up some other reasons but then, why short change the truth?
I was eating in Chipotle, browsing Hacker News on my phone when I read some outdated article about how the NSA may or may not have backdoor access to some cryptographic function of Windows.
Considering that the NSA's interest in my computer is probably around zero, and that I don't even use windows cryptography, this backdoor probably wouldn't ever affect me. But the sentiment of it did, and it was just enough to push me over the edge.
I'm not new to Linux. In 1998 my friend Phil and I drove across town to a shabby computer store to by Slackware Linux on CD. He sideswiped a lady as we approached the parking lot, so I ran into the store to buy the CDs while he swapped insurance cards.
We ran Linux for the summer, or at least dual-booted it, but eventually practicality made way and Windows was installed again. Diablo II just wouldn't run in Linux.