Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Now is the time...

Martin Luther King, Jr.

[QN: The battle of the OS continues. I thought of Dan when I saw this from ZD Net's Michael Krigsman. I should title it, Why I Want Windows 7]

Why I Live Windows 7

Posted by Michael Krigsman @ 8:03 am

Early versions of Windows, which was released in 1985, were virtually useless. It took Microsoft until 1992, with the release of Windows 3.1, to set Windows on its present trajectory toward operating system greatness.

Linux is a conundrum. Sleek and powerful, yet nearly impenetrable for most users, the penguin faces an identity crisis.

Some geekier-than-thou proponents use deep knowledge of Linux as a calling card for personal credibility and evidence they have transcended technology heights unavailable to the common man or woman. Then, there’s Ubuntu, where even the name has a special meaning intended to uplift the ordinary man. According to Wikipedia:

Its name comes from the Zulu word “ubuntu”, translated as humanity, describing the ubuntu philosophy: “I am who I am because of those around me,” a positive aspect of community.
Although this flavor of Linux represents an inspiring philosophy, it remains virtually opaque to all but the most committed fans. Disagree with that statement? Install Ubuntu and try manually configuring any hardware that doesn’t work right. Good luck, because you’re gonna need it.

Next we come to the Apple Macintosh, which represents Computing Religion. ThingsMacintosh describes Apple “Commandment #1:”

I am the Mac, thy Computer. Thou shalt have no other Computers before me, nor shalt thou speak ill of Apple, the company that maketh me.

Although Windows users are practical folk and Linux devotees enjoy their technical ivory tower, Macintosh adherents tend to be frivolous time-wasters dazzled by cheap sensory effects. How else do you explain those cute little doodads that dominate the Macintosh user interface?

Perhaps this video helps place the Macintosh subculture into perspective:

Now, for Windows 7 and why it’s great:

1. Performance over Vista is vastly improved. I’m a serious user of Nikon Capture NX2, and the performance change change is incredible. For example, adjusting low-light noise in a complex photo used to take minutes and it now takes seconds.

2. The thing is stable and works. Even though the product is beta, it doesn’t crash. Yes, it’s rough around the edges and some things still don’t function properly, but in general it’s great.

3. The support infrastructure is mature. Finding answers to obscure questions is straightforward because the Windows installed base is so large. With Google’s help, technical knowledge and assistance are easy to find.

ZDNet - Why I love Windows

QN: High hopes for the future

A diamond is a chunk of coal that made good under pressure.



  1. This goes to show that "original sin" isn't the only topic that'll get me to pounce on a keyboard. Okay, so, I have opinions on everything. Can't help it....

    But, I feel I must defend the Mac on this one (surprise, surprise). For instance, the comment about "no other computer" is rather baseless. For instance, I'm using Parallels on my Mac, to run a WinXP session. I'm typing from it now.

    There's only one thing you can't do on a Mac that I've found: recreate the error. You need Windows for that.

    Oh, and those "cute little doodads" are called "icons." When you click on them on a Mac, they lead to functional applications. Usually, one per icon. (With a PC, granted, you can click a "cute little doodad" and who knows what you'll get.)

    I'll agree system 7 is better than Vista, though System 7 is more of a service pack than "new" O/S - it's a fix for Vista, but the same thing under the hood. (um, yep...I'm running that in a different vm session on my mac), it needs a few things, still. Security being first & foremost.

    I think the comment about MS's infrastrucure was rather brave. Consider the somewhat linear trajectory of Windows 3.1 through NT4 and Windows 95 through XP. Even the transition from NT4 to Win95/2000 was navigable by most computer users. But, with Vista and Vista2 (sys7) and Office 2007, you get to throw out what you've known for the last 10-15 years, and learn someting new.

    So, if Microsoft doesn't want to "bring along" it's "mature" infrastructure, I'd suggest a more stable, more feature rich, more secure option. One that retains resale value, has tighter hardware-software integration, etc. And for those who just got to have Windows, there's virtual machines (like Fusion and Parallels) to help transition to a stable O/S.

  2. Vista doesn't work, cell phones don't work, ubuntu works but not with anything else. It's painful because these items used to work.


  3. So the video applies to MAC users?


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