Seems that the need for apps on different platforms is just going out of control from where I sit. I talked about this before. Apps being on all different flavors of smartphones from Android, to iPhone, to Crackberry. With tablet versions of each for the respective mobile OS. Then the need to support old and new versions of each OS as they update every few months unlike a computer OS. Although, that seems to be changing as well with Windows and OS X doing more frequent updates than they used too.
With all the different OS options a developer has to deal with, it’s amazing they have time to make improvements. It seems they would end up spending all their time patching issues rather than developing new software.
If this type of thing hasn’t already proven itself a bad idea with the load of different Linux flavors out on the market today; with their different install methods and variations of how they present things to the end user… It’s a wonder they gain ground at all. To the average Joe, that’s just confusing.
Granted, installing apps on a mobile device is just tap and done usually. Thus the wide spread popularity. It’s easy to use. (knock, knock, knock Mr. Penguin)
And speaking of Linux, the boys and girls at Ubuntu have decided to throw their hat in the ring. Making their own Mobile OS. Also, the folks at the Mozilla camp are poising to release Firefox OS. Both will of course have app stores. So developers will have to learn the new OS’s if they want to grab a slice of that audience for their wares.
Oh and of course we can’t forget that great new Operating System all my customers hate… Windows 8… Now you have desktop programs and Metro apps!! Yippee! You can have Internet Exploiter as an app, and Skype as an app. I guess having the desktop programs wasn’t enough. Now we have 2 of each installed on the same PC. You know Ma and Pa kettle haven’t a clue they only need the one. And it’s likely they won’t share info between two. Did you know favorites in Internet Exploiter Desktop are not available in Internet Exploiter for Metro? So I’m told anyways. I don’t use it. Still not a Metro fan.
Oh and let’s not forget your TV, Media device and Blu-Ray player has apps too!
Question that I see is…. When do app developers finally say enough of this nonsense!?!?? There are so many platforms they have to write the same software for over and over. It’s freaking delusional that they have to put up with this so their fans can have their software. How about a little cross platform love? Or a few less damned platforms… I’m glad I’m not an app developer. As a Web Designer, it’s hard enough to make sure that my sites look good on Chrome, Firefox, Internet Exploiter, Opera and Safari web browsers. Although I’ve considered developing for Android apps, but then my audience would only get the one platform. I don’t have the time, patients or money to learn iPhone, Crackberry, Metro, Chrome, Ubuntu, Firefox OS and all the others…
It’s Nuckin’ Futs!!
It’s been a couple of weeks since I posted anything. While I am working on a project, it’s not ready for public view. It’s a long view plan, so I may drop hints from time to time about it. As for now, an update for those who still would like to know
Waiting… Yes, I’m basically just waiting. I hate waiting. Feels like I’ve been doing it all my life at times. From waiting in the parking lot for my girlfriend to come out of school (way back in the day). Waiting in line at boot camp. Waiting for summer, waiting for special events. The list goes on. Right now I’m waiting to move. May is the target month. Still not sure of the exact date. Some days it gets very hard to wait. I made a promise to wait for someone else though. Otherwise I would be in the car right now. Still… Waiting sucks.
Weight… Sadly I am still just over 300 pounds. I did not make my goal by Christmas as I had hoped. Just means I must keep trying. I did stop doing my walk during the two weeks of shopping frenzy. I know I could’ve just went elsewhere, but the idea is that I just couldn’t take the crowds. Short of driving miles away from here just to get some peace, I just said phooey on the lot and took a couple of weeks off. Probably was a good idea as the flu is running wild here. Virginia is one of the highest outbreaks of flu this year. I don’t relish having it along with all the other crap I deal with. I’m back to walking, I will succeed.
WoW… Yes, I’m back to playing World of Warcraft. I just can’t find a game that “does it” for me like it does. I’m sorry fellas (and ladies), it is what it is. (I cringed typing that last part after the comma.) The pandas aren’t all that bad, except for the Larry the Cable Guy references and a couple of others. That and the whole Pandaria area is all about managing anger and feelings. Over sensitive wankers are even taking over games now… Annoyed I can’t fly there until I’m 90, but whatever. Sadly, I can’t raid anymore. Sitting for more than 2 hours is just out of the question for me anymore. I can do dungeons, crafting, fly, do achievements, exploring, quests and loads of other stuff. It’s basically what I was looking to do in a single player, except I still get the social interaction I want. At least until I get back home to Michigan where I can visit friends face to face again and put together a garage band for fun.
Windows 8… I’m still not a fan of Metro. I don’t like it, I don’t use it and I think those responsible for it should be flogged naked in public. Just so you know, I’m actually being nice about how I really feel about it. Though I did actually upgrade both my desktop and my laptop with Windows 8. As a tech I need to know it. Like it or not. Using Classic Shell, I can bypass Metro completely and it’s actually a rather nice OS outside of that. If only Microsoft could see that. I think they think they are setting a trend. Although I think the sales records speak volumes of how the people think. Then there are the calls I get from the poor unsuspecting bastards that just decided to buy a new PC unaware that there is a new version of Windows on the streets. They call me and start with “What the hell is this shit?” as if it’s somehow my fault they see gigantic live squares of redundant bullshit. I even had one guy ask when my company was going to fix the email problem (refering to the email app that only uses Windows Live mail accounts). When I suggested downloading a free email client that would work, like Windows Live Mail, he got hostile. (sigh) People just don’t get it sometimes…. However, my official suggestion to friends and family is stick with Windows 7 or buy a Mac. Don’t be a square (hehe Mac should use that as an advertising campaign)
My enthusiasm isn’t nearly that of when I did this for Windows 7. I still love Windows 7. Can’t fathom that I’ll ever, ever, in my wildest nightmares, accept Metro as a suitable Start Menu/Desktop replacement. I think they only thing I actually like (even though I had finally gotten used to it), was that they removed Aero, and now your desktop taskbar (and Classic Shell Menu) adapt to the color of whatever background picture you have up. As exampled below
Classic Shell is the ONLY reason I can find Windows 8 tolerable. There are still a load of aggravating quirks that make me wish I could fire Microsoft employees for getting high and making this operating system in the first place.
As I said in a previous post, as well as countless others have said the same, it seems that Microsoft only makes a good operating system every other release. Although, I have my doubts that this trend of Good / Bad will continue. I fear from here it’s all down hill. It’s like Microsoft needs a boob job because their shit is sagging badly.
I will give Windows 8 kudos for better virtualization. However, only power users bother with it. So, for the vast majority of PC users, big whoop-ti-do. Compatibility mode seems to be lacking as older programs that once ran fine using it, are now broken. So that puts a few oldy but goldy games I love dearly in the hurt locker. Well, that is until I managed to finagle with the video drivers enough to make them work, but even then, the average person will not know how, or want to do this.
I’m just not on board with my desktop becoming a tablet. I think they should be separate. Of course, I’m sure I’m overruled in this. As people make love to their portable devices and all the years of my yelling at folks to keep their fingerprints off my damned screen, now it’s going to be a touch screen world. Soon, you’ll have touchscreen TV’s which seems to defeat the whole thing of having a remote so you don’t have to jump up to deal with the TV. Or there will be touchscreen remotes. Seems distracting to have that in a darkened room watching a moving and suddenly the remote lights up to turn up the volume. I’m all for progress and newer technology, but making every computer a tablet isn’t what I had in mind. Although, I am all for an Android Desktop PC. Just with a keyboard and mouse. Although, I do like using my big screen TV as a monitor. Makes gaming fun. It’s my all in one, entertainment center. I just don’t wish to reach over my desk to touch something when my mouse is right there. Nor do I want to try to watch a 3D Blu-ray and see fingerprints…
Maybe I’ll get lucky and the feedback on Windows 8 will steer Microsoft back to a true desktop PC. I just have a bad feeling it won’t. As cliché as it sounds, only time will tell.
Mostly I’ve debated the world of computing between Microsoft Windows, which is what I use normally. Against Apple’s Mac and their OS X operating system. I’ve made references to Linux from time to time, but never made it part of my ideas in whole or in any large part. Now that Mountain Lion is out, and Windows 8 has graced us with it’s presence like that annoying uncle who thinks he’s overly cool, but no one likes him…. Sorry got off track there…
The question is, “Is it time to reevaluate my beef with Mac? Or should I consider moving toward an open source horizon?”.
Last year, I actually purchased a MacBook Pro with OS X Snow Leopard, and got a free upgrade to Lion. While at first I was rather impressed, the more I used it, the more I got frustrated at having to buy replacement software for stuff I use for free on a Windows based computer. Plus, the fact I paid over 3 times as much for it, when a simple $400 Windows laptop would’ve done just fine. I sold the MacBook Pro, bought a big screen TV, a laptop and still had $200 I put into the bank and a big comfy smile on my face.
As a tech though, I must keep up with the latest versions of Windows, Mac and I dabble in Linux. The more I saw of Windows 8, the less I liked it. I even got really angry with it and it’s forcing Metro down my throat. It was like removing me from my home and forcing me to live with others who don’t get along with.
So now I actually have Windows 8 installed on my laptop. It’s OK. It’s not nearly as sweet as Windows 7 is. My opinion still is Windows 7 is by far the best OS ever made. However, unlike Windows XP, it won’t last (or should I say be supported) forever.
If it weren’t for Classic Shell, my life with Windows 8 would be morbid. Of the various utilities that have been created to alleviate the misery that is Metro and it’s damnation to the desktop, workstation and PC gamer communities, it’s free, open source and works like it should. A huge thanks the developers who make it. Is it perfect? Pretty damned close. Although, you do get a brief disheartening as you quickly see Metro flash up during boot. Not a deal breaker by any means.
Then there’s Linux. Still struggling for a decent share computing world via desktop, laptop, smart phones and all the other wonderful devices it is on. Closest to world domination is that it is the core of Android phones, but not so much the desktop market. Mostly because as I’ve mentioned before, they have no standardization. As nice as Linux is, if you download software, you have to choose which Linux distro you are installing it on. Or you have to compile it yourself if your distro of choice isn’t on the list. Or possibly it won’t work at all on your beloved subdivision of Linux. That makes Linux even more frustrating than Mac in many ways. However, there are things that it can do that Mac cannot. By far, the most popular and satisfying variant of Linux is Ubuntu. It’s layout is unique, easy to use for the most part and has a decently large library of software for just about any need. You hardly need to go outside of their store to get anything you desire. Still, it’s not every Joe Computeruser’s cup of coffee. But it’s getting closer than ever before.
I could drag this article out more by making long comparison lists of what is good and bad about each OS. Not really feeling up to it. So I’ll give the short and sweet of it.
Here’s where I could simply take my PC that I built for roughly $1000; that plays all the top games available, it does 3D Blu-ray to my 32 inch TV that I use as a monitor and change it to Ubuntu for the grand total of $0. Ubuntu is free! However, there’s no 3D Blu-ray software yet. I can play regular Blu-ray’s via VLC. It’s clunky, but it works. All my games… well those I can get to work via Wine would be alright, a bit buggy perhaps. Others I would lose out on playing or I’d have to play the handful of visually stunning games that are made for Linux. Most of them however, are shooters. Only shooters I play are the old Unreal Tournament games. Not an Army/Marine kind of guy. Plus, again, I’d have to find replacements to all the software I use, although most work on Linux too, so that’s actually a half-assed plus.
As for moving to either of these, I’d have virtually the same exact issues as far as software goes. Mac, I’ve already purchased some software replacements, and I made sure they all had lifetime upgrades free. Software is covered really, I’d have to deal with the old frustrations I had before. Plus, Mac finally got Blu-ray software, but I don’t think it does 3D yet. You have to buy a USB Blu-ray player, because you can’t buy it when you buy the Mac as an internal drive. Which is dumb as hell. Plus, then I’d be paying well over twice as much for the Mac hardware. Starting at $2499 for something I already have basically is financial suicide. Sure I could go iMac, but that’s all integrated, and not very user upgradable. Actually they frown on user upgrades. If I wanted to have an integrated computer, I’d just keep my laptop.
I’ve already compared Mac’s to PC’s. Repeatedly. The horse isn’t moving anymore.
Though, as disheartened as I am over Windows 8. I think I’ll wait to jump ship on the Windows based PC for now. I’ll just hang on to my beloved Windows 7 as long as I can on my desktop and leave the Windows 8 and whatever future holds for Microsoft Windows in general to my poor laptop (or whatever I replace it with in the future). Who knows, maybe Microsoft will redeem themselves. However, this time I kind of doubt it. Maybe it’s me. Maybe it’s time I let go of computers. I just don’t want too. They still hold a world of wonder, excitement and creativity to me. I’m not ready to do that just yet.
I couldn’t have said it any better myself. But Michael @ Michael’s Techbox said it as elegantly as it comes. Windows 8 sucks more now in the Customer Preview even more than it did as the Developer Preview which I reviewed a few months ago. (My Developer Preview Review)
Just to give you an idea, all the ranting and raving I did over Mac before I owned one, and even my final frustration with Mac is nothing at all compared to what Windows 8 has in store for the general populous of internet loving citizens the world over. Having played with the Customer Preview myself the past few weeks… In my opinion, it may very well be the final push needed for Mac to take over top dog in the desktop market with Linux still in 3rd place, but gaining ground quickly thereafter. It’s enough to make a grown, seasoned tech cry for mercy and question his/her very existence.
Lets take a look at what both Michael and I agree on:
The biggest thing is Metro. No one without a touch screen is going to bother to upgrade to Windows 8. The few who might do it not thinking, will quickly revert or learn new curse words. Or touch their screen a little too hard in frustration. Metro in the Developer Preview was something you could bypass and regain your start menu and use Windows just fine. It looked good and ran very well. It seemed like Metro was just a program that was simply “hooked” into the OS just as a replacement to the start menu. The Customer Preview, Metro is now heavily integrated into the OS and just shutting the PC down is a multi-step process in agony.
If Microsoft insists on everyone buying new hardware, this is hardly the time to mandate that. The economy while not completely tanked, isn’t in a position to run and buy new gear. That alone won’t work in their favor.
If they insist on making the Desktop a Tablet, they need to ease users into it the way Mac is doing. Mac has a wonderful desktop, but you can get to your applications with a tablet movement on the mousepad or touchpad which can be attached to the computer. Rather than making all their users run out and buy touchscreens at a much higher price point. When they did that in Lion, it was a bit of a culture shock, but within a couple of weeks it was no problem. Having Windows 8 CP the past few weeks. I have even less love for it than ever. It’s not a learning curve. It’s forget all you know and learn again. Knowing customers love of “upgrades” and learning new things, on average, this is going to be more unwelcome for them as it is for the folks like me who have to help them.
If Microsoft wants to make a tablet OS, then fine. I’m all for it. Use it on tablets and phones. Just like Mac does.
I can see once my Windows 7 is finally ready to die, I may very well become a Mac weenie all over again. At least their stuff talks to all other devices with Mac OSes of one sort or other. Although I still think Mac has a ways to go, they may have one hell of a foot up on the desktop market very shortly.
Especially if Microsoft doesn’t give us a way to shut Metro off so that upgraders and power users can have a PC they can still enjoy. While the rest of the world just gives up and goes to Android and Mac tablets. MS loyalists can just suck it and live in their pretend world that Windows 8 will be a revolution. I’ve never been that loyal to MS. Just enough to say I am a PC. Though… Looks like that might change.
So I played around with the Developer Preview of Windows 8 for the past few days. Honestly can’t say I’m all that excited about Windows 8 as of this post. It’s not horrible, but it’s not dazzling to me by any means. If I had to choose right now, I’d take Windows 7 over 8 without thinking twice. Though it is not even a public beta, so there’s still time for Microsoft to change things for the better.
If Microsoft is banking on everyone running out and buying new computers with touchscreens or replacing already costly big LCD screens with touchscreens just so folks can use Windows 8… Then I’m thinking Microsoft is going to be terribly disappointed. Especially with the threat of gas prices rocketing upwards of $5 per gallon this year. I know I’m not planning on many hardware upgrades in 2012. Certainly not touch screens for my desktop and I don’t need a new laptop yet.
It seems that’s the only thing Microsoft is gearing Windows 8 for, is touchscreens. So for those of us not planning any upgraded hardware this year, it’s going to be a very hard sell to us. Not having a touchscreen makes using Windows 8 a royal pain the ass.
First you are greeted with what looks like a digital picture frame for a “lock” screen.
This you have to swipe up to reveal the actual login screen behind it. Without a touchscreen, you have to drag it up or use your mouse’s scrolling wheel. It would appear that this year, green is the new blue.
Finally you get introduced to Metro. Over all, it’s a bunch of rectangles that you can use to launch programs or view weather or interact with your social networking life. Again, I need not express how much I’m not into the social networking crap. I’d rather use a phone or hang out in public in real life rather than…. never mind, don’t get me ranting.
As you can see, it covers a lot of useless things that may appeal to others. As well as any programs you install yourself end up as squares on the far right. So if you have a lot of apps and programs installed, you could end up scrolling forever just trying to find what it is you want to run. Again, without a touchscreen, you have to scroll your mouse wheel or click and drag a slider that appears on the bottom.
Over all, Windows 8 seems like it’s just a slightly updated version of Windows 7 with this Metro thing slapped on top of it. Metro merely appears to “hook” into certain programs to make it feel like it’s new when really it’s just an obscured view of what you already have. You see, if you have a program that isn’t Metro ready (such as Firefox 9.0.1), you click on it and it throws you to the normal desktop where it opens the program to run there. Making Windows 8 feel terribly clunky.
Also you can see while in “windows” mode, you see that the explorer windows got an upgrade to the ever popular ribbons.
Here’s what I mean by “hook”. Metro acts like it’s just the first program to run. It’s not actually part of Windows. It overlays the screen or runs in full screen mode and launches apps specifically designed for it as well as “hooks” into programs that allow it to hook into. My example is running Internet Explorer from the desktop looks like Internet Explorer as everyone knows and hates.. er loves it.
But if you open IE from Metro, you get an even more horrifying version of the exact same program. (makes me wonder how toolbars will get bastardized)
Scary isn’t it?
Thankfully I was able to find a “hack” that makes Windows 8 play like every other version of Windows since 95 essentially. It turns off Metro and gives you a slightly fancier version of Windows 7 which would be Windows 8 without the stupid shit.
Although it has a side effect of killing the ribbon menus in Explorer.
So, all in all it’s really like Microsoft is not only banking on touchscreens, but also that you’ll rush out and buy what you think is a new operating system when really its more like just a few tweaks and fixes and this new interface that merely runs on top to make it look completely different when really it isn’t different.
Although if Microsoft were to see it in their slightly bent hearts to add the ability to turn off Metro like that “hack” does, I’d actually be into buying it. It’s sure to have more improvements over Windows 7 right? Or will it be like every opposing version of Windows, and suck royally? I’ll revisit this when they make a public beta available (if they do).
Millenium Edition = Sucked | XP = Rocked | Vista = Sucked | 7 = Rocked | 8 = ….. ???
Anyone else see a scary ass pattern forming here?
In this post, I’m going beyond all the things I’ve already covered repeatedly in my previous posts about Macs vs PCs. Such as for $1800 it should come with something more than the goofy iMovie, Garage Band and iPhoto. Like they could’ve tossed in some rip off of Office or their Pages crap at least to make it productive. Not going to go into how I get more for less with a PC, or how much easier it is to find good freeware and open source software. This post is going to be about the things I’ve had to deal with in the past six months that piss me off about Macs. In so much as I’ve concluded that I will only keep my Mac around for reference and education, but I won’t be using it for day to day use. This way I can actually get something accomplished.
When Windows doesn’t know what to do with a file you’ve downloaded, however you know that it can be opened by a program you have installed; you can associate the file by it’s extension. You simply right click it and choose “open” or “open with”. Then browse to the appropriate program, put a check mark in “always use this program to open this kind of file”. Bam, all files with that extension will open with the program in question in the future.
My example is a Shockwave Flash file ending in *.swf. Normally I simply tell Windows to open the file with Firefox. One time deal and I’m done.
On the Mac, it had a similar function. It even had the check box to say remember this setting. However, apparently Mac goes by file name in general. So when I open one file such as “mymovie.swf” it does what I tell it to do and open in Firefox. However, when I try “myothermovie.swf”, Mac goes stupid and doesn’t know to open it with Firefox. I go back to the first file and it opens fine. Thus telling me, I have to associate each and every file individually. What a pain in the ass.
This is what I get told, when I complain about the lack of games for Mac. If I wanted to spend another $100 to install Windows just so I can play games… Hey, I got an idea, why not just buy a Windows based gaming laptop and it will not only come with decent productive software, but it can play games too! NO extra cost needed! Plus, I’ll get all those nifty keys I love so much! Like Insert, a proper Delete Key, Backspace, Home and End. And when I get the whim to play said games, I won’t need to reboot. Gee, that works out swell!
The dashboard. Just how useless is this thing? So, if I want desktop widgets (or gadgets), I can only have them in this dashboard area. Kind of negates the usefulness of being able to “glance” at the weather. Instead I have to go or “swipe” my way to the dashboard to look at it. The calculator widget. So to the special dashboard to play with the calculator. It’s just as fast to look through the apps menu, or dock it to the dock bar. What Apple’s developers couldn’t figure out how to put them on the desktop like every other OS does? Windows… Linux… I’ve got a swipe motion for the dashboard, it’s my middle finger!
This I’ve found can cause some issues if you want to remove a software by simply removing the app from the applications folder. If you don’t show hidden files and go into the Library and rip out the applications settings, you may find yourself hurting when trying to reinstall the application. I’ve only run into this a couple of times, but still what a hellacious pain the ass that is. Guess there’s something to say about having an uninstaller for every program now isn’t there.
Macs love their crap files. You can’t see them, they are hidden. But if you want to zip up some files and shift them to your windows machine, you get a boatload of stupid files you didn’t see before. Some zip programs for Mac can clean this up for you, but what the hell is all this mess for? I’ve seen “thumbs.db” and “desktop.ini” on Windows, but not a huge mess of “._name of file.whatever”. Plus these things can take a good sized chunk of space up too. On a USB thumb drive, I found as much as 120mb of this nonsense. Space I really needed as the thumb drive is nearly full as it is. No matter how many times you remove them, just popping it in the Mac they all come back like a bad rash.
Maybe there’s a trick I have yet to learn, but this confounds me too. On Windows, if I have my email, my editor, my photo editor and several copies of my browser open, I can cycle through each open window by using ALT+TAB. For me, it’s loads faster than “swiping”. On the Mac, I can do similar with using OPTION+TAB. However if I have several copies of the same program running (like the browser), it only goes the top most window for it and then on to the next program rather than opening up the next window of the browser. If I want to change windows in the browser, I have to click on “window” and the sub-title of that window to get it to come forward.
There are other things that annoy me about the mac, mostly trivial. It’s like a camel carrying straw though. Sure each piece of straw is light and small, but pile enough of them on, and eventually you’ll reach “the straw that broke the camel’s back“.
… The worst part is, I’ve had this damned Mac for over 6 months now, and I’m still paying it off. Good thing I’ve chalked it up to an educational item, or I’d really be pissed off. Wonder if they have a good resale value. Then I could get a new Windows laptop and enough left over to make a decent size deposit in my savings account! Owning a Mac is a lot like a relationship I’ve had. Looks pretty, costs a lot, and if you want it to be productive, you’ll have to spend even more. Then it clutters up your storage with useless crap. Also, others seem to have more fun with it than you do.
Macs are what they are, and fit who feels comfortable with them. Providing they have the pocketbook to afford it. Plus all the extras they’ll need to buy. For me, I am now and always have been a PC.
p.s. Linux lovers, I’ve tried that too, you can go through all my Mac posts, and replace the words Mac, OS X and Apple with Linux and have just about the exact same experience minus the cost. Personally, I think Linspire had something going for ease of use and loads of software with super simple installations, but it apparently wasn’t enough as they got swallowed up and made to go away. In any case, not going there again either.
Now to try out that Windows 8 Developers Preview. See what all the fuss is about there. I’m not getting my hopes up for it, but I can always just learn it and revert back to Windows 7.
Now that my “shiny new toy” syndrome has worn off, and have had a solid 6 months to actually learn and use a Mac… I’m seriously failing to see what is so great about them. Granted, my budget doesn’t allow me to get an iPhone or an iPad to check out the features you get when you mix them up on the same network or using the AirDrop feature. Still, I’m not sure that would “wow” me. Here’s some of the reasons I say this.
As an HTML and PHP person, the Insert, Home, End and CTRL keys are an absolute must for me to get things done efficiently. They are also very handy for playing Warcraft. The lack of these keys frustrate me to no end.
There is a CTRL key, why the hell can’t I use it!?! Well, I can, but it seems only if I Remote into my Windows computer or if I use terminal. OK sure I use both on a daily basis. But then I want to copy and paste items or text, I have to use the Command key instead. Why not just make the CTRL key work for that too? Seems pointless to have both keys.
The delete key is also very deceiving. It does not work the same as a Windows machine. If you expect it to delete, it backspaces instead. You have to use a FN or function key to make it delete rather than backspace. Directionally challenged are they at Apple? Tis backwards and piss me off much it does. Also, why a FN key? Kind of confusing against the already present F1, F2.. etc keys. That… you have to use the FN key to utilize as they too are set to other functions rather than F1, F2.. etc… My head hurts just thinking about it.
Printscreen! Dammit I want to printscreen! Oh wait… no I need to do origami with my fingers and do SHIFT+COMMAND+3 to get a screenshot. Oh sure, there are apps that make screenshots easier but that means I have to download and install something that is already native to the OS, but it’s causing me to develop arthritis using it.
For the most part, I’m able to use my Open Office and other programs much like I do on my Windows PC. However, there are a few software items (such as my text/code/html editor, my web design software and photo editor) that I use daily that either are not available for Mac or their Mac counterparts are slow and/or suck. For example, I do miracles with graphics and photos in my free Paint.net for my PC. On Mac, I’m either faced with a bastardized version of GIMP (and I’ve always hated trying to use GIMP) or I can use Pixelmator which for the most part looks the part and has many similar features, but the learning curve makes me just say “Eff this, I’ll do it later on my PC”. So I’ve paid $30 for a software I barely use. Just going back to use my freeware that works wonders. My only other choices are Pinta (that needs some serious work, but is shooting to be a Paint.net clone), or Adobe Photoshop and I sincerely think only professionals can afford it and I still believe they are bat-shit crazy to pay $700 for graphics software. Sure it’s the shizznit. Bring it down to $199 and I’ll jump at it. But again, it’s like paying $1800 for a Macbook Pro when I did just fine with my $500 Sony Viao before hand.
I’m a PC gamer dammit! This Macbook Pro has just as good of hardware as I have in my desktop. (well… save for the graphics card. but it’s darn close!) I can play Warcraft and some older games that were recently “ported” to Mac. But I can’t play my newer games because software developers still aren’t on the Mac bandwagon for the most part.
I’m dreading it. Not only from an end user standpoint but also as a tech. I’m just waiting for customers to run out and buy a shiny new Windows 8 machine on a ARM processor type of hardware build and find that none of their software will work because they didn’t pay attention or have the knowledge to know that they needed an X86 based processor. I don’t understand making an OS that can run on two totally different architectures when most of the software won’t. Which in my mind, will drive more people to Macs when they get frustrated over this. I don’t think Microsoft realizes not everyone will want to go out and buy all new software that may not even meet their needs. So when the time comes, Mac may be the way to go. For them at least. However, I may be wrong in my assumptions of Windows 8, but from what I’ve gathered…. Yikes…
After having this Mac for several months now, I don’t see how anyone can complain about Windows patches and security. The OS and other software get updates and patches just about every week. I check them everyday. As I do with my Windows software and what-not. Patches are patches and are needed to keep things secure and/or running smoothly. Seems they are running neck and neck for patches.
Security is still something most Mac users take for granted. They don’t understand that prevention is better than patching a known problem. Patches only come out after something has been found to be wrong and already exploited on hundreds or even thousands of computers. Possibly millions if patched too late. Then that’s even if the end user has bothered to check for updates and patches. OR if the end user even bothers installing the updates or patches. Nothing like hearing “every time I run an update something else breaks”. Sounds like something was already broken, and the update only made it more prevalent. It’s not like they are pushed every few minutes like a security software would do. With an antivirus, most use Heuristic scanning techniques and/or Sandboxing. Heuristics basically means if it smells like a virus, or tastes like a virus or behaves like a virus, it’s a virus until proven innocent. Sandboxing is let me see what it does virtually before I let it do what it does for real to prove it’s safe to play with. As I’ve said before, Macs have viruses too. And with the current growth rate, the bullseye is only getting bigger on Apple’s flagship product. My personal opinion is if you have a Mac and don’t think you need an antivirus software, you’re an idiot. As well, like I said previously, my Mac came with the Firewall turned off. It should be turned on so that any known open exploit in the OS can’t be easily found by some hacker. A firewall helps keep unwanted outside traffic at bay. Leaving others who don’t bother to run their firewall software to be a bigger target than you.
Maintenance is something Mac users also take for granted. I take calls from Mac users just like PC users saying “It’s running so slowly!”. Macs make all these silly little files for what reason I’m not really sure. But however, they build up and while I’m not an expert on Mac OS stuff, I do know that there are tools to help folks out with this. Onyx is a tool to clear up unused silly files that build up on Macs and I can attest that it works like a charm. I’ve also added a beta of CCleaner, the same thing I use for my PC to clear up junk files as well. It even comes in handy for uninstalling programs.
So overall, I’m still doing just as much work to use and maintain my Mac as I do my PC’s. As well as I only use my Macbook Pro half as much as I did my Windows based laptops, and I’m not getting much joy from it either… So what’s the big deal? Other than it is nice to look at, and it has solid tech support, it’s still 4x the cost of a PC. Sure you’ve got brand style. You probably also drink Starbucks and eat at Bonefish Grill everyday too if you can afford such a thing. I drink brewed coffee and bring my lunch to work like most folks do.
Oh god what is happening to me? Is my the bad things happening in my home life spinning me toward madness? Let me explain what I mean here. As you read before, I’m not too keen on either the new Windows 8 or OS X Lion for certain reasons. However, I’ve spent the past two days with unexplained muscle aches and a strange fever, yet no cold or flu symptoms to speak of. So when I wasn’t taking pain relievers and sleeping, I did some research as sitting still to play games hurt. At least I could pop on a video and lay in bed and absorb info on the upcoming OS’s.
Before I go too much further, as an über geek and computer tech, I will be buying both Windows 8 for my current home Desktop PC and OS X Lion for my newly acquired MacBook Pro so that I can have the latest technology to better help my customers. However, my thing here is it seems like OS X Lion may have more to offer than Windows 8. At least for the everyday computer user. For computer gamers, not so much. Though, Macs seem to be gaining ground in that too.
While Windows 8 appears to be coming up with OS X like features with their new fluid movements, sorting and other capabilities… I wasn’t necessarily wowed by the changes. I hate the new blocks on the proposed new start screen. Their new “Swipe” technology is meant for a touchscreen. So if you don’t have a touchscreen, you are basically boned and seems that the features are kind of useless. You can see the first Microsoft Video on Windows 8 below.
Yesterday I re-watched the Worldwide Developers Conference for Apple. I was absolutely blown away with the upcoming features the showed off for the new OS X Lion. Granted, I’ve always been one for saying people need to learn how to use a computer properly if they plan to own one. Just this morning I dealt with a backwoods good old boy who just couldn’t explain anything to me, and it was a nightmare just to get him to tell me he was running Windows XP (and had been for years), let alone getting any kind of error message. He was stuck on “it’s not workin’”. But I digress.
Shown here below, it’s like everything I ever wanted for myself in working with my computer. Yes OS X Lion has swiping and gestures too, but this can be done via a touchpad which comes on all MacBooks as well as they have a magic mouse or touchpads for desktops as well. Much cheaper than buying a touchscreen, though I imagine they can do touchscreens as well.
Looking at it, Launchpad is handy to find any application rather than scrolling through endless drop menus in Windows start menu. Mission Control is handy to work on multiple things at one time. The new mail is actually useful to me. Granted, Gmail did conversations first, but Mail 5 will present it better and make it easier to find messages. Autosave will “save” everyone from the dreaded “I forgot to save, and now that the power has gone out I’m doomed…” feeling. And Multi-Touch Gestures is just freaking cool! Not too mention $29 for an OS? That’s simply unheard of! (Not sure if that’s just the upgrade or if that’s the full price, but either way it’s still unheard of!)
Even if none of this works out, looking at Apple as a company. Makes me want to buy stock right now. If only I could afford to do so. Just looking at them in the past years. They’ve had a 28% growth rate while PC’s have actually lost 1%. Apple has gained substantial ground in market shares for the past few years. Granted, this does not mean that the world is saved by OS X and life is peachy and virus free. However, it does appear that Apple has got something going on and I think it’s time for folks to take a serious look.
Oh my god… I’m becoming a fanboy… sort of…
You’ve read/heard my praises for Windows 7 time and again. Microsoft finally got it right, and for the majority of the populous who have used Windows for a long time or those who just got it for the first time, can easily agree it’s a great operating system. Even some Mac users say it’s good stuff.
To top it off, I’m a new comer to OS X Snow Leopard. Finding my way around just fine. Learning it as quick as lightening, as they have something pretty damned solid going on.
And just as I get comfortable with both, what do I start hearing about all over? New versions of both Windows and OS X. What’s more, they both boast that they have features found in their smartphone versions to make it more social network friendly. Here we go again with those nasty words… So now I’m threatened to have social networking rammed down my throat regardless that I’m not a socialite. I know I’m not the only one like me by a long shot, but because it’s the “popular thing”, it’s the direction they both are going too. For folks like me, that just means more useless features that we’ll never use. OK whatever. For those who are socialites, this means they can be more in your face with phenomenons of brilliance such as Planking, Teapotting, and Pillaring. Because social networking people are just so much cooler when they perform in public.
As well as they both (Windows & OS X) are starting to push the usage of the new storage phenomenon of the cloud. Rumor has it that these services will be more closely integrated with the OS’s in question. They advertise how you can access your files remotely, and share them easily. I find this a little scary honestly. I’m not a huge fan of my personal files being stored on the internet. Encrypted or not, this just means that personal data, will more and more become totally dependent upon the internet. Where we know identity thieves are just waiting for it. I not crazy at all about this idea. So, my first thought is to not use these options. Should they be integrated in these new operating systems, then my first project is to find a way to disable or omit these features.
All the other features they promise seem pretty good. Though I’m not too crazy about a new Windows release so soon after they finally make a good one. Releases like that have always gone south. Anyone remember Windows ME (Millennium) and Windows Vista? /facepalm
As for OS X, they’ve done good so far in my opinion, perhaps this will be good.