Friday, May 13

Can Apple Stay on Top?

Apple Computer.

If someone had told me in college that I would eventually become a Mac user, I would have laughed in their face. Or at least chuckled derisively. I still maintain that pre-X versions of MacOS are completely inferior to 9x versions of Windows (well, OK, maybe not WinME), but I really like the way OSX operates.

The interface, the ease of use, the stable Unix underpinnings... it's quite a package. I'm still in the early stages of figuring out how to directly use Unix through the Terminal, but since it's back there OSX is now able to run all kinds of software geeks have made for personal use over the years. Part of the reason I used to be a staunch Windows user was the availability of freeware and shareware, but OSX now has a similar volume of free software.

And there I went on a tangent again. I keep going on about my past as a Windows user and my semi-newfound Mac affinity. Let's start over.


Apple computer.

Everybody's favorite company, but on the other hand its inexplicable business and legal dealings just might be a major downfall. For more specifics, just read the article to which I've linked. My interest in this topic has waned in the half-hour or so I've been trying to write this, so I'll let Joel Johnson of LAPTOP magazine do the rest of the talking.

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