CRAZY DUMB ZEALOT
I like my MacBook Pro Retina, I also have a 2008 white MacBook, and so far I've experienced no software update bugs (I was getting them many times with some Windows/computer combos, nothing serious, just annoying). I only got a crash once on the MacBook because its RAM module failed. Good thing it was replaceable. Otherwise the experience is so much more seamless than out-of-the-box Windows 7 or 8. Yeah, I understand that you can install stuff on Windows 7 or 8 to make it seamless, but that's either inconvenient or costs more money.
Some things to consider:
- Office programs seem to suck on purpose, since they're made by Microsoft on a rival OS company. I avoid them as much as I can. Instead, I'm planning to just use MS Office for Windows when I have to, on Parallels or Dual-Boot Windows (my MBP is fast enough to handle virtualization).
- I don't get why people say OS X is more intuitive. If you come from Windows, you'll use it by expecting the same interface as in Windows, and discover the differently working Dock, Finder etc. Truth is that you need to find the keyboard shortcuts, use virtual desktops ("Mission Control"), use the Dashboard (something AWESOME for me), USE THE SEARCH FEATURE, get a trackpad and use its gestures (and not that single-button mouse) etc. to really get fast with it.
- I don't find desktop Macs a very good idea, laptops seem to be much more practical.
- you'll quickly stumble upon Windows-only applications and need either Wine, virtualization or Boot Camp (problems similarly faced by Linux users). Face it.
- there's no walled garden in the same way as on iOS, you don't need Apple's approval to distribute Mac apps! Well, it's true that user security settings are currently set by default to "Mac App Store and identified developers only", for now it can be turned off, so let's see if things change for the bad.
- I like it because apps developed for OS X feel more modern and have good features:
-- all document applications are multi-document (opening another document won't close the current one)
-- all encoding is UTF-8, not Windows-1252, NEXTSTEP or whatever.
-- some API features that haven't spread to other systems, except on a case-by-case basis, such as remembering application state on quit/shutdown, autosaving/versioning, being able to rename/move documents while they're open (try that in Windows with ultra-modern Office, I dare you),
-- fairly customizable keyboard or shortcuts. I doubt Windows has a way to swap Control with Win, for example.
Also why the fuck does Windows 8 still require me to click on windows before scrolling them with the wheel? This makes Explorer very annoying to use, because I end up clicking on a random folder on the tree and change what displays on the right, just to navigate.
I am however a power user, have learned to take care of my Macs, and I can see why some others get frustrated. I don't care about specs. Hardware build quality indeed does suck, I only see the quality in software and technologies they're implementing (multitouch trackpad or Hi DPI display). They're good enough to work for me. Usually if I find something that is absent or doesn't work on Mac, I try to program it. I'm aspiring to program, and I find the OS X platform quite inspiring on this regard.
I prefer to avoid iProducts though. Their walled garden design is too bad for me, and they seem to cater to the kind of people who are the reason:
1) Apple is still in business
2) Apple doesn't care too much about professional-quality software on Mac. Or security (idiots don't have anything to lose from a malware!).
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Last edited by printz on Feb 8 2013 at 17:27