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3 responses to “Microsoft, the Walking Dead”

  1. Gina

    What he described sounds a lot like what I go through on a fairly regular basis with just about anything I try to do that involves my computer. If a techie like him has these problems- there is no hope for the rest of us. The idea of caring about creating a product that works seems to be gone.

  2. Michael Dortch

    I have been Windows/Mac “bi-computational” since the days of MS-DOS, the Macintosh SE and the Microsoft Z-80 Softcard. The Windows and Mac user experiences have always been radically different, and are likely to remain so as long as both environments exist. Windows was designed by technically savvy people, largely for technically savvy people, despite the “lipstick-on-a-bulldog” window dressing added to every version since 3.0. The Mac environment, in contrast, was designed by technically savvy people but for those people and their less-savvy family members and colleagues. Thus, for example, usability testing is done begrudgingly when done at all by many Windows developers, while it is a near-fanatical devotion by their Mac-focused counterparts.

    It can be argued that this one philosophical difference explains everything that is right with the Mac/iPhone/iPad user experience and everything that is wrong with the Windows/Windows Mobile user experience. Reductionist, I know, but defensible, I believe. The great Italian writer/philosopher Umberto Eco thought similarly back in 1994 when he wrote that the Mac-vs.-PC debate was no less than a religious schism, and that the Mac was Catholic, while the PC was Protestant. I believe he was no more than half joking.

    The difference brings to mind the great quote from Jef Garbers, inventor of the CROSSTALK modem control program we old codgers used to get online when we were young. “‘Easy to use’ is easy to say.” Thanks for the great read, Zoli!

  3. Pablo

    human used linux, and no more problems