Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

Summary: Though I am not the biggest fan of Apple, the temptation to switch from Windows to gain lost hours of unreliability, crashes and failures is becoming greater and greater.

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In the blistering London heat, sat in an poorly air conditioned Starbucks coffee shop with my good friend Elliot Harrison, in a fit of rage relating to the unbearable heat and an already poor internal heat distribution of which I blame on my regional upbringing, I blurted out something which I could never take back.

As Elliot typed away on our co-contributing project on my laptop, I lost my temper. I hit the screen with my first, forcing the tablet PC screen to flip forcefully back and twist slightly - though within its capabilities to do so. I then exclaimed, "I am sick of this crappy, bloody touch-screeny laptop with stupid Windows crashing and screwing me about. I want a Mac".

He has known me inside-and-out for three years, and he knew that I could not pull the "Tourette's card" on him this time. It had been said, and an eerie silence blanketed the room - a mug breaking as it hit the floor and one woman in the corner screaming uncontrollably as if she'd just seen a kitten get shot in the face.

OK that very last bit didn't happen - but you see my point. I am not a fan of Apple, and Elliot was taken back by what I had said.

Within minutes, still recovering from this haze I was in - the words sinking in while Elliot drags me to the Underground to the Apple Store on Regent Street. Before we went in, smoking the last inch of my cigarette, I looked him in the eyes and said almost mournfully, "I just want something to work?".

I was in the Apple store for no more than two minutes. I clearly felt beyond my stretch and did not accept the culture I had entered. There is an Apple culture: a type of person, emotions on show, and a display of characteristics of which I was not comfortable with.

I walked out of the store with no Apple product in my hand. But two days later, I am toying with the idea of getting a Mac. If Apple made a smaller MacBook - something slightly larger than a netbook, but around the same width as my HP TouchSmart tx2, then I would seriously consider it.

It's not about the money, it's about reliability. And, though my opinions of Apple are not so positive, the one thing that sways me to their way of thinking is that their hardware and software work absolutely seamlessly. They are designed for each other, whereas Windows is designed to run on everything - and when I say "run", I actually mean "occasionally work".

Of course, this may not be much of a surprise seeing as lifelong Microsoft blogger, Mary Jo Foley, bought an iPad and that she "loves it". Many of course are expecting showers of molten rock, an end to worldwide capitalism or the appearance of one or more of the Four Horsemen in response to this unexpected news.

But I for now, believe that my closed-mindedness can open - blossom and develop, into a feeling of acceptance and non-discrimination for Apple products.

Though if Mary Jo can be charmed, wooed and seduced by the compact, sleek design and carefully developed devices, then frankly none of us are safe.

Topics: Apple, Browser, Hardware, Microsoft, Windows

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  • Please stop writing Drivel

    What "type of person" are you referring to? If you deem your choice of computing platform based on other users, you are a sad, sad individual.

    I mean, use what works for you and be happy with it. I use Apple because it works for me much better than Windows. I could care less what you use. I also could care less what others that use the platform are like. People use Windows; it may work for them. There are better options out there but if that's what they put up with, fine.

    If it were a DeWalt tool vs Makita we would have no issues with this concept. Yet people are "turned off" by users of a platform. It's insanity.
    itguy08
    • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

      @itguy08 I think you mean "couldn't care less".
      drphysx
      • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

        @drphysx

        Well, it's like 'flammable' and 'inflammable'.

        People use them interchangeably even if they shouldn't.
        Jkirk3279
      • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

        @Jkirk3279

        Here's the freedictionary.com definition of "flammable":

        Easily ignited and capable of burning rapidly; inflammable.

        and of "inflammable":

        Easily ignited and capable of burning rapidly; flammable. See Usage Note at flammable.

        And the usage note at flammable:

        "Historically, flammable and inflammable mean the same thing. However, the presence of the prefix in- has misled many people into assuming that inflammable means "not flammable" or "noncombustible." The prefix -in in inflammable is not, however, the Latin negative prefix -in, which is related to the English -un and appears in such words as indecent and inglorious. Rather, this -in is an intensive prefix derived from the Latin preposition in. This prefix also appears in the word enflame. But many people are not aware of this derivation, and for clarity's sake it is advisable to use only flammable to give warnings."
        rtk
  • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

    I can guarantee you one thing: You will not save any time. Not even one second.

    No, instead, you will waste your time working around all the quirks, bugs and sharp edges in OS X.

    Windows simply is much more polished and well-thought-out.

    Finder, the file explorer, which happens to be one of the most important pieces of an OS, is complete and utter crap. Keeping your files organized in OS X is a nightmare.
    Windows Explorer, on the other hand, is pretty much perfect. It has all the features needed to make file operations as simple and annoyance-free as possible, it automagically organizes your stuff with its awesome libraries (there are libraries in OS X, but they don't do anything automatically) - Windows Explorer is a joy to use, Finder is crap.

    Reliability? Don't believe the lies. Windows 7 is much more stable, reliable AND secure than OS X.

    An operating system is a platform. The most important things it has to be good at are keeping your applications and files organized and being reliable.

    OS X is good at none of those. It's a mess, it eats up your time because it's hard to keep applications and files organized with OS X and because it's unreliable and buggy.

    You'll be suprised about how much Windows does automatically to help you keep stuff organized. You don't realize that until you use the mess that OS X is.
    (apart from the crappy file explorer, another example: Applications, some are installed by just dragging and dropping, many come wuth an installer, some use scripts - a total mess and if you want to uninstall them and forgot how you installed them, bad luck: Some can simply be thrown away, many need uninstallers, some even require the installation disc and you never know what's the right way.
    Now, think about how Windows does this! And of course, this is just one small example, there are many many other examples of what a big mess OS X is in comparison to the polished, well-thought-out Windows OS).
    drphysx
    • try harder

      @drphysx
      another one of the windows sheeple is about to escape the pen. you have to try harder to drag him back to the herd!
      banned from zdnet
      • Nope...he's right.

        @banned from zdnet <br><br>Win7 is a fantansic OS. OSX can't hold it's jock. <br><br>I run them both, and Win7 is, indeed more polished and user-friendly.
        trickytom2
    • Neither is better than the other. They're just different.

      @drphysx: I use both and neither is more/less difficult to use than the other. Neither makes me less/more productive.
      ye
      • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

        @trickytom2 I would love to properly test drive an Apple Mac - just an average one, nothing too fancy that could "sway" my result - just for a week. But I can't. Apple PR surprise surprise don't give two hoots and never respond, and the other option is to buy one. That's not going to happen. I'd just like to have one for a week so I can make an informed decision about it.
        zwhittaker
    • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

      @drphysx

      Have you used either OS? OS X is nothing like the drivel you spew. And OS X also automagically organizes stuff....
      itguy08
      • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

        @itguy08 Ah, I might have a problem with that. Perhaps... I like organising things to how my in-built filing system works. If it works for others - great! If I can turn it off - even better! :)
        zwhittaker
      • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

        @itguy08

        I suspect some people are confused about the (UNIX) OSX directory structure.

        It's inherently redundant; or looks that way.

        UNIX was designed decades ago to be multiuser by default on servers.

        Windows was designed for 'single user' on PC's and true multi-user was added relatively recently.

        So OSX has a root-level documents folder, and a user level documents folder.

        There's a root-level Library, and a user level Library.
        Jkirk3279
      • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

        @Jkirk3279 The myth you're attempting to perpetuate is on the same level as claiming everything on Linux has to be installed via cryptic command lines and that OS X doesn't support a two button mouse.

        For reference, look up NT and compare it to win9x.
        rtk
    • Almost right

      @drphysx

      just switch every reference to "Mac OSX" with "Windows 7" and every reference to "Windows 7" with "Linux", and hey, you'll actually have got something right for a change!
      hex539
    • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

      @drphysx What quirks, bugs and sharp edges? Windows is well-thought-out? You have obviously not spent enough time comparing the two. I spend ALL my time running the two and while Windows 7 is the best version of Windows yet, the statements you've just made display a very clear lack of experience. Typical Windows user.
      I12BPhil
    • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

      @drphysx You are right - I see your points. However, one could argue that the operating system can only do what it can in terms of performance, reliability etc. If the underlying hardware works absolutely 100% flawlessly, then the OS should run fine. Apple achieves this by creating their hardware or specifically acquiring hardware which works 100% and applies their specially modified OS to suit it.

      The OS is only as good as the hardware.
      zwhittaker
    • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

      @drphysx "Finder, the file explorer, which happens to be one of the most important pieces of an OS, is complete and utter crap. Keeping your files organized in OS X is a nightmare.Windows Explorer, on the other hand, is pretty much perfect. It has all the features needed to make file operations as simple and annoyance-free as possible, it automagically organizes your stuff with its awesome libraries (there are libraries in OS X, but they don't do anything automatically) - Windows Explorer is a joy to use, Finder is crap.

      Pure speculation on your part, unless you believe that the windows way is the only way to do things. Windows saves files to locations the user may not want the files saved to, in OS X the user chooses the location. Windows 7 is no faster than vista, a little more stable, but no faster. I still do not like the idea of each window for a program opening a new instance of that program. What I truly find disturbing about your post is the lack of facts it contains. It reads like a Microsoft PR release. Windows explorer is not efficient, nor it it truly intuitive. I use both windows and Mac OS X, and based on what I see daily; OS X is better for what I do.
      Rick_K
    • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

      @drphysx

      "No, instead, you will waste your time working around all the quirks, bugs and sharp edges in OS X.

      Windows simply is much more polished and well-thought-out."

      Quote: " Then there are those who are clearly deranged. They?re the best. It?s comedy gold."

      -- Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      Jkirk3279
  • welcome to the light

    better late than never zak. and if the attitude of an apple store puts you away simply buy online.

    and i have to agree, if your former apple hatred was only based on the attitude of some fanbois and not your very own first hands bad experience it's really sad.
    banned from zdnet
    • RE: Dicing with the 'illicit temptation' of an Apple love affair

      @banned from zdnet Actually, buying it online isn't a bad idea. At least then you don't have to deal with real life people. I've never been a people person.
      zwhittaker