I saw a sketch on Family Guy the other night where a gorilla had adopted a kitten and was stroking it lovingly. Then Peter said something on the lines of “see I told you she’d eventually adopt it as her own”. Then came into view a huge pile of kittens which the gorilla had previously torn in half.
It reminded me a bit of Microsoft OS’s. I don’t know that we should ever stop trusting MS but an OS is supposed to work of the bare metal – other than virtualisation there is no “abstraction layer”. Maybe MS was a bit slow off the mark but the advantage Apple has seems to be in part owed to their hardware and their OS and they kinda work well together. Maybe it wasn’t that they were slow off the mark and that strategically MS did well for itself by servicing a market that existed because that’s exactly what the general public wanted.
But where is the economy in buying either a Mac or a PC?
People see Macs as expensive – but they are not really. You can get yourself a PC for < £500 these days or you can pay £900+ for a Mac. It's a shame to be restricted to what can be afforded.
What I never really understood is this big organisation thing : "lets have a rule where everyone shuts down their PC's at night – or someone will do it for them!" and how much electricity that will save over a year. At one place calculated it to be around £70 per desktop per annum.
I always through that was nonsensical because the whole "starting up" in the "am" meant either being efficient and resourceful or (more likely) drinking coffee for an additional 10+ mins while the whole thing settled down before you could use it. Say a contractor costs the company £60/hour, it doesn't take long before the false economy of the situation is realisable.
As I dipped between a PC and a Mac earlier today, the cursor froze periodically, the fan kicked in and the virus checker took a chunk of CPU to keep me safe. I don't have to ask the question, "which one was I using when that happened?"
The bottom line is when using my Mac I don't have the frustrations a PC gives me – other than the hash and delete key restrictions of the Mac.