MAC vs. PC

Posted on February 26, 2007. Filed under: Apple, Technology |

There is hardly anything more monstrous than today’s Windows PC. It is bloated, overly complicated, and perpetually half-broken. I was reminded of this truth recently when I configured a laptop running Windows 2000 to work with a wireless router. That sucked. The fun continued when I attempted to download some updated Adobe applications that are more or less required for using the Internet. Instead of just downloading the software, I had to install a “helper” application, to “walk” me through the installation process, a process which was so boring that words cannot describe it. I had to look at a progress bar with a little list of files that were being installed. Then I had to reboot. On the Mac, you never have to deal with this tedious kind of behavior. Installing software is painless and quick. Deleting software is trivial. Maybe the reason the PC experience is so lame is because about 90% of the world uses it, and there is exactly zero incentive to make it any better. What’s the alternative?

  • Quotes of the Day

    "Writing editorials is like wetting your pants in a blue serge suit. It feels good, but nobody really notices."

    --Jack Germond

    "Famous men and women, by the act of putting themselves on display, whether as politicians, actors, writers, painters, musicians, restaurateurs, or whatever, invite public appraisal. They are all, impressively or pathetically, acting on the presumption that their ideas, their fantasies, their music, their bodies are more original than those of, say, a plumber or a certified public accountant. They are all exercising the impulse, as Mencken put it, ‘to flap their wings in public.’ This is so obvious to the critic–and, I believe, to the ordinary reader or spectator–that it seems hardly worth saying. But resentment of the practice of criticism itself is strong among professional artists (and all Presidents of the United States). There is a psychological type among them that hates critics on principle as parasites or failed performers. This is very natural but surely very childish and, in any country claiming to be civilized, actually anti-social. The existence of critics, good, bad, or indifferent, is a firm clause in the social contract between the governors and the governed in any nation that is not a dictatorship. Public figures should accept with good grace the public response to their invitations to be admired and resist the temptation to retort, except in the face of flagrant malice."

    --Alistair Cooke

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