Force of habit. Plus, there is no telling what system this code will run on.
If its running on a new high powered pc then your right.
If its running on a Wayne fuel dispenser, your wrong.
Can not till you about an I-pod because i've never programed one. But i'm willing to bet a simple void pointer check will not crash the system as fast as processing a void pointer.
c++ is not just for personal computers anymore.
what linker error are you getting?