Hey buddies, I’m back and this week I’m talking about the big divide. Apple vs Microsoft. That’s right I decided this week that we’d go back 10 years to when this topic was still relevant. Not even going to go into the mobile side of the companies, just the desktops.
Crap! I just made myself feel old.
Throughout my life I was always a Microsoft user. Starting with 3 then to Windows 95 to 98 to XP, to “drivers not found”, 7, 8, and now 10. The folks over at Microsoft sure know how to count.
Anyway, for the past few months I’ve found myself needing to use an iMac again for some Xcoding and it got me thinking about the way I used to see both brands. Mainly that Apple were for the hipsters, the cool kids, the creatives while Microsoft were for the businessmen, the lawyers, and governments. So obviously those cheesy Mac vs PC adverts from Apple did their trick.
This underlying bias in my mind never stopped me from using Windows but it did make me wish I could use the OSX operating system. It came bundled with Photobooth, GarageBand, and iMovie, why wouldn’t you want it? Back in 2008 and with the help of a friend we installed a hackintosh on my laptop. He had to install a new NIC that was compatible with the OS so I could browse the internet, using safari but once that was done I could explore the entire thing.
My Apple fantasies slowly fell apart, the OS kept crashing, constantly, the software was way more limited than I had imagined and navigating files and apps was a joke. I put this negative experience down to the fact that my laptop wasn’t designed to run OSX. Knowing that Apple do their own hardware and software so they can tightly control almost all variables kept a small bit of the dream alive that one day I could have the full experience.
I’d like to point out that I was a child, and still in secondary school at this point in time. No, my aspirations weren't that big. I just wanted to try the different operating systems out there. I had already tried Linux and that scared me away from the terminal (command prompt) for years. I wanted to know if there was anything better out there.
Now, like I said earlier, I find myself using an iMac. On a daily basis no less. It’s been almost about 8 years since the “hackintosh” and I can tell you that from my perspective the genuine and most up to date version doesn’t crash nearly as much, I’ve not had time to do anything creative with GarageBand or iMovie and navigating the files and apps are still a joke.
Furthermore, the dock is what I imagine my own personal hell would feel like and the lack of out the box customisation options is ironic considering I always thought iMacs were for the creatives. The people who prefer to be their own person, individuals.
Sorry, I know Microsoft have their own issues as well but at least I can snap windows side by side and when I maximise an application it doesn’t hide everything else on the screen.
So, why am I writing this? It’s not to piss you off if you’re an Apple fanatic and it’s not to be the voice to rally behind if you’re a Windows power user. I chose this topic because it’s pretty much a non-issue these days. At one point there would probably be outcry at a post like this. You’ve got to remember that this is just one girl's opinion and it shouldn’t matter if you agree or disagree. Especially with something as trivial as which OS somebody else prefers.
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