All right, since we've changed direction here I have a few things to say.
1) My original post in which I said what I did about people who say they've never had problems (or "serious problems") was not directed at you at all. I never mentioned your nickname. I'm asking you to take my word that it was not intended as a personal attack against you. In fact, I did have one specific person in mind who I know for a fact lies about these things - someone from my personal life. I'm pretty sure (though not, of course, absolutely certain) that that this man did not engage in the risky behaviors which you correctly pointed out cause so many problems with Windows. This particular man was always having problems with Windows. And yet, he claimed that he never had problems with it. He was, and still is, a liar.
Maybe we need a new rule: Thou shalt not say anything good about Windows.
That's not fair. In the post right before yours, I wrote:
I know that Vista has had some real problems along with some unfair bad press (you just can't satisfy some people), but overall I think Microsoft made some real improvements with Vista. It's definitely more secure than it used to be, and according to what I've read it's at least as stable as XP, probably more.
I wrote something good about Windows. I've written in the past that since Windows XP SP2 it's been very stable. I'll add now that ever since I first used Windows (3.11) I've thought that Windows has had a user friendly GUI.
2) I want to be clear about something. I never thought you were liar, and I never wrote that you were a liar. Nor do I think you have memory problems. Earlier in this thread I wrote:
As for the people who tell me they've never had a problems with Windows I think they fall into three categories: 1) The very lucky 2) The ones with selective memory, and 3) The liars. I realize that last statement will make somebody who reads this think I'm calling him or her a liar; I'm not.
Yes, I had you in mind when I wrote that. I knew I was on thin ice by writing what I did, and that there was a good chance that you would take it personally. I intended to be clear that what I was writing had nothing to do with anybody in these forums, including you.
To be completely clear and to be as fair as I know how, I've altered my original opinion. Now, based on what you've said about your experiences, I would say this: As for the people who can honestly say that they've never had a problems with Windows I think they fall into four categories: 1) The careful, 2) The lucky, 3) The ones with selective memory, and the rest fall into category 4) The liars. From what you've said, I would guess that you're in category 1, and based on my own experience I think it's at least possible that you've been somewhat lucky as well. I know that I was careful once I learned about the dangers, and yet I still had serious problems with Windows. So, either I was unlucky or possibly I had hardware problems that affected what was happening in Windows for me as opposed to what didn't happen to you.
4) Regarding this statement:
I really don't see what got you so upset ...
I strongly disagreed with what you wrote. When I strongly disagree with someone, I usually get angry. When something bad happens to somebody I care about, I feel sad. When something good happens, I feel glad. I'm a human being, which means that I have feelings. I don't think that needs any explanation, and I don't apologize for it.
5) This may come as a surprise to you, but I think you make excellent contributions to the VL forums. Your advice to both new and more experienced users is always helpful, and sometimes corrects incomplete or bad advice from other users. I myself have benefited from your posts on a number of occasions. I'm not keeping track of how many times, but I imagine that at least for or five times things that you've written have helped me solve problems that would otherwise have left me scratching my head. So I do respect you and your contribution; I think that you and I simply have very different opinions about Microsoft Windows. I can live with that. Can you?
Yet I'm told I'm irrational and a liar if I'm not actually extremely lucky. This comes perilously close to a personal attack, which I thought was against the rules of this board.
That sounds perilously close to a threat, though I could be wrong. If you are threatening me, do what you like. Ask the moderators to ban me from these forums if that's what you want. If you do ask for that, and I do get banned, you'll have one fewer person to disagree with you.
P.S. I forgot something. Some time ago you made some references to Linux "fanatics" and "zealots," as well as some disparaging remarks about people who espouse the Free Software philosophy. If memory serves, this was right after something I wrote. It certainly seemed like a personal attack against me at the time. So maybe you've made a personal attack or two of your own.