Jul
27
2006

Shiny apples

I know many of you hate my computer related entries, but don’t let that stop you from reading them. If all goes to plan this will be more psychological than anything else.

I’m always having arguments with Mac users. They normally take the view that their OS and computer is as good as it gets and they don’t seem to understand how I could want to use anything else. Myself, I like to consider myself to be the realist. Having now been doing a little work in the real world I can now confirm that anybody who says Macs are going to take over PC’s (Windows and Linux) have their heads so stuck up their arse they are not sure which way is up. Have you ever heard the phrase “If it aint broke, don’t fix it”? In other words, don’t meddle with something that works, let it be and let it keep on doing its job.

Now lets talk about something Apple just don’t do. They don’t provide backwards compatibility (with the exception of unusable crash-happy emulators). Now this is crucial functionality to remain to work in a business is an essential part of that business. After all, do you really want to spend all your worldly wealth on re-doing something that worked fine when you started? I know for a fact many large companies still run the same mainframe systems they did 20+ years ago.

Now yes, there is a wonderful counter argument to this point. It is that Apples strategy does not apply to the business market. It is looking at home user who for one reason or another don’t need backwards compatibility (or are so clueless they don’t realise until it’s too late). As with any argument I have I like to have a structure, in this case I shall go for the “build em up and break em down” approach. You see, Yes, Apples market model might work if the people that used business machines were a different set of people to home users. Guess what, the two are more than just linked.

Mac take over the world? My arse.

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