Thursday, September 03, 2009

Since I don't have to talk exclusively about religion and politics here...

I found some blog a while ago, just long enough I don't remember whose it was, that was talking about Macs and PCs. The thing I recall was a comment that went something like "Macs are okay, once you get past the self-important posing and puffery, but when you really want to get down to computing, you'll buy or build a PC."


No, I'm sorry, but "reinstalling drivers" is not the same thing as "getting down to computing." I hope that $300 you're saving by getting an Inspiron at Best Buy is worth the downtime.


Sleeping Beastly said...

The real downside of Macs is that their support sucks or is expensive without a warranty, and that Apple is so reluctant to engineer any workable compatibility into their systems. Granted, they engineer high-quality products; I'd just like to see the company be more responsive to their users.

Ed Pie said...

I've heard that. I haven't had much need for support, fortunately (which may mean something in itself), although I've gotten uneven service at the Apple store. Always helpful and friendly, not always clued in.

Maybe it's not all bad. My Mac friends and I used to joke that Dell had great customer service because they got so much practice doing it.

Sleeping Beastly said...

There's some truth to that. (No need for customer service is good customer service.) The OS's that seem most promising to me are the user-friendly, open-sourced-based systems like Android. I think we'll see more of these in the future, especially as the line between cell phones and personal computers gets increasingly blurred. These kinds of systems are easy for all types of people to use and easy to customize.

Ed Pie said...

Ooh, then you're ahead of the curve compared to me, then. I'm not familiar with Android.

I think there will always be a place for a full-sized workstation, with a large display and an interface that utilizes two whole hands (If I sometimes have to draw pictures for people because I can't explain it in speech, then I won't be able to explain everything to computers either--unless we get cyberbrains to help us plug directly into the Cloud), but Blackberries and iPhones are going to be like the personal computer of the next decade.

Heh. I can remember, in college, finding web pages that had text-only versions so people running Lynx on low-bandwidth connections or maybe using Gopher would be able to navigate. Now they've got fancy but condensed versions for portable devices. We may only be months from the time when bandwidth and computing power of handheld devices are no longer practical limits, but just the physical size of the display and interface.