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I'm (not) a PC - A Recovering Physicist's Apology

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I used to be a PC. I used to love PCs and was an ardent defender of Windows. Then when Macs went intel chips and could run Windows I decided to give them a try.

Forget all the nonsense spin about how Mac OS and programs are more intuitive than windows programs. They aren't. They have their own set of quirks and things you need to learn -- just like windows. Certain things could be better different ways. But here's what Macs do do, THEY WORK! Which is more than I can say for PCs.

It should be noted that I do things right. I am careful to maintain my computers and not do stupid things with them. My Alienware recently underwent the usual Windows update and suddenly getting stuck on a driver and would not boot at all. Not into Safe Mode, not nothing. I had to jump through hoop after hoop to disable the driver. Then the video driver doesn't work anymore. Got that fixed and find out that my machine no longer sees my additional hard drives. I can't get it to recognize them. I suppose I'll have to open the thing up unplug them and plug them back in. B.S. Windows is such crap.

I've worked on 3 Macs now (mine, and my parents have 2) and the only problem we have ever had is the learning curve of getting to know a new OS. That's it. No random network bridges (whatever the hell those are), no random drivers rejecting the motherboard (my current problem), no random blue screens of death (my beloved IBM), no random slowdowns. I plug macs in and they work. I tell them to connect to the internet and they connect. No network adapter configurations, no random spyware and viruses. They just work.

Don't believe all the hype about Macs being more logical or intuitive. But believe me when I tell you that they WORK, they just WORK. So you have the time to learn that "return" does not open a program but instead toggles the rename feature. You can learn such idiosyncrasy because you are not busy fixing the latest bullshit random problem that has popped up because you are running a windows machine.

My name is Andrew, and I used to be a PC.
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From:willwrite4books
Date:May 19th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
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Why would Return toggle the rename feature? That's... really dumb. But I see what you're saying.
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From:biggrumpy
Date:May 20th, 2009 03:29 am (UTC)
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Yeah I know. Return = Run, Return ≠ Rename. But here's the crazy thing. To get that ≠ I just hold Alt and hit = rather than having to hold F5 and typing the in the ASCII code. Like I said, it isn't necessarily more intuitive than Windows, but it is more stable and it does something things SOOO much better like getting an does not equal sign :P
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From:willwrite4books
Date:May 20th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
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That is handy, I'll give you that. I've always respected OSX for its stability, but oddball quirks like using Return/Enter to invoke the rename function has always seemed like Apple trying to be different for the sake of being different.

If not for Apple's crazy prices and their apparent burning desire to change things up that don't need to be changed, I'd have long since bought a Mac and used Bootcamp to run Windows for games. In fact, I'll single out their prices as my one deterrent. Until they come down, I just can't imagine paying close to $4000 or more for hardware equivalent to the new gaming PC I bought a month ago, which cost me around $1000 with tax plus a better video card.
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