Saturday, September 22, 2007

How valuable is your time?

Look, I know that I go on and on about the superiority and sheer ease of use of Macs over Windows but, seriously, I'm not the only one.
Ever since Boot Camp appeared on the scene, there have been several comments about Macs being better Windows machines than Windows machines. The weird thing is it's actually true.

I won't lie to you—I use Windows occasionally. It's important for me as a Mac developer to use Windows once in a while, because it's a fantastic lesson on how do absolutely everything wrong when designing software.

And thence follows an immensely long, and very funny, saga of trying to clear a Sony Vaio of all of the evil that came with it. I would say that I rest my case but, Apple, how about not installing trial versions of MS Office? Please? If you must preinstall something to help people cope with the transition, why not include the free, Open Source, NeoOffice?


DISCLAIMER: I own Apple shares. Which have made me a lot of money since February.

11 comments:

Longrider said...

Although I run a Windows PC, the OS is just about the only MS software I'm still using. I switched recently to Open Office and haven't looked back. MS Office still lingers in the background, unloved and unused for the moment but will go eventually. My web browsing has been with Firefox for about three years now and since Thunderbird matured with the calendar plugin, I've used that exclusively as my PIM.

There is a life after Microsoft...

Fophillips said...

If Apple included NeoOffice they'd have to comply by the GPL, and we can't be having that...

tapestry said...

that's Mac's only weakness. there is no TV. Sony Vaio and Toshiba TV cum PC/laptop are great to use. Apple have no plans to go down the TV/computer combo route, and more's the pity. Mac otherwise are ahead, I would agree.

but how soon will it be before someone starts writing viruses for Macs?

Lord Higham- Murray said...

Interesting post in the light of the unanwered e-mail re Mac, DK.

Mike Power said...

True there is no built in TV tuner (there used to be) but I'm watching TV at the moment on my Mac using 'TubeStick' and 'The Tube' (I've also got 'Media Central' installed but unused). I can watch, record, schedule recordings and export in various formats. Cheap too!

Edwin Hesselthwite said...

Heyup Devil,

Bit of blogvertising here (sorry). Just posted something over at LMWN that I'd be intrigued to see how it flew up the Devil's flagpole... On the implication of the Belgian political crisis for the EU from Scotland to Catalonia.

Any chance of hearing the arch-eurosceptics opinion on such matters in my comments thread?

Anonymous said...

Hmm, the fact that this was about a Sony Viao, the laptop model most noted for being loaded down with crapware nobody wants, does tend to suggest that the case is not QUITE as strong as all you MAC cheerleaders seem to assume.

Believe it or not, there are better Windows notebooks out there than the Viao - like, for instance, all the others.

tyger said...

There is only one alternative to Macs. Get yourself an ASUS notebook and run Linux.

:)

Anonymous said...

Soon enough software will be a service and open source will be up shit creek (i.e not free). I'm not anti open source, just sayin'...

Kate said...

Bwahaha.

Prodicus said...

I was almost there and then Apple buggered my MS Outlook with an iTunes add-on I didn't know I had, don't want and cannot entirely strip out. Exhaustive enquiries among those in the know including people at Apple say there is no retrofix for the damage and Apple aren't planning one as they don't give a stuff. And I thought they were nice people, as well as good designers. So near and yet so far.