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"...another reason I'm intrigued with the hanged of Salem, especially the women, is that a number of them aroused suspicion in the first place because they were financially independent, or sharp-tongued, or kept to themselves. In other words, they were killed off for the same sort of life I live right now but with longer skirts and fewer cable channels." Sarah Vowell, The partly cloudy patriot.


The view from apple...

I got to see Vista this week, and all I can say is, "Huh? This took 5 years?" Seriously, it's not even as good as the operating system on macs. As one of my co-workers pointed out, it seems to ahve taken them 5 years to create shadows for open windows (which the mac OS already had).

Has anyone tried it out?

Also, is anyone watching Top Design? The first episode is available for free download on itunes, if you are interested.


At 7:05 AM, Blogger Arbitrista (formerly Publius) said...

I still have to use a PC at work. I am resisting switching to Vista for as long as possible, given how reactions range from "what's the big deal?" to "This &^*(@# OS ate my computer!"

At 11:51 AM, Anonymous Mel said...

My fiance is a computer guy and got to try a beta version of Vista.

Yeah, it took them this long to make a Mac clone and it sucks and uses up waaay too many system resources to have opaque windows and shadows and crap. Lots of software won't run on it. I am highly underwhelmed.

I'm waiting at least a year, if not two, before implementing that crap.

At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Evidently older den youse said...

Uh...no, Mel, it didn't take Microsoft "this long" to make a Mac OS clone.

It's widely acknowledged that Windows 1.0 (1985) and all subsequent versions have been Mac-derivative.

In fact, Apple filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Microsoft in the late '80s, but did not prevail.

This doesn't mean that Windows has not been primarily based on the Mac's OS design(s) over the years. It only means that the Federal 9th Circuit Court did not find legal evidence that the "look and feel" of Windows sufficiently infringed on Apple's copyrights, in part because Apple had already licensed elements of its GUI to Microsoft, and in part because Apple itself lifted so many of the Lisa/Mac GUI's design elements from Xerox in the first place.

I haven't used Vista yet, but I doubt that it will be as efficient as Mac OS 10.4 or 10.5 (or even 10.3). Windows has never has been as effortlessly functional as the Mac OS. But it would require daily use of both Vista and Tiger for at least a month to make a substantive and fair comparison.

Not that industry pundits and wannabes (i.e., bloggers) will exert that much effort, since electronics consumers are such laydowns anyway, but....


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