This Island Apple
I remember Betamax. It was superior to VHS in many ways. As it turned out, that really didn’t matter in the format war. VHS was backed by the most companies, was a little cheaper and was “good enough” for most of us. The fact that it was the best didn’t make Betamax the right format to back and the same is so true of the Mac.
Everything interesting always happens on the PC, because everyone interesting is almost always using one. The PC market is so overwhelming that innovators and developers will always focus their attentions there. Of course, the truth is that there is now no compelling reason to choose one format over another. Except for.. well.. it’s Windows isn’t it?
You know it will work with whatever you’ve got and anything you get will work with it. Of course it doesn’t always work out that way, but it works enough to be a general truism. This amazing claim can be made by no other OS. No amount of Steve-Noting, Vista-Bashing or clips of Ballmer on YouTube making an ass of himself will change any of this. I almost wish we did live in a Mac world, but we do not. Sorry Steve.
Lucky Number Seven?
Remember, as you may be frowning at or agreeing with my thoughts here, that all of this debate is pointless. It really doesn’t matter what bad press Vista gets, whatever the Apple Walkman Company pulls out of its arse, because come hell or high water, sooner or later you (and everyone else) will be using it at some point in the future. If you have a Mac, you’ll use it at work, but for most of us, sure as death and taxes, your PC will get old and break, you will replace it and guess what; it will be replaced with Vista.
I suppose what I’m trying to say here is that although Vista is inevitable, it needn’t be viewed as some dark cloud coming to dominate us all. Indeed, Vista (on realistic hardware) should be embraced, because it’s better than XP in every way, and offers proven and valuable enhancements over it too. Of course it’s not perfect, but hopefully as it evolves and is adopted as only Windows can be, I think it will be apparent that while not perfect, Vista is very, very good.
As I write this now, PDC 08 is disseminating it’s aftershocks around the internet, with promise of Windows 7 being everything Vista promised in the first place. Well, still no WIN-FS, but UAC seems a bit more tolerable. The latest alpha build of Windows 7 is available on various file-sharing networks, if you dare!
Vista was so long in the making, it had to be a let-down. With the reputation they have, Microsoft have to do two things. First, they release software which is new and everyone finds fault with. Second, they release a “new” or “patched” version which everyone ends up using. This happened with 98 Second Edition (even beyond Win 2000 for most people) and the “new OS disguised as a Service Pack” that was XP SP2. I suppose then, that Windows 7 is where most people will actually get the benefits of what us geeks have been enjoying for a couple of years now.
I suppose my point in all of this, is that in spite of what has been said in the Tech and popular press, Vista is the most successful version of Windows ever. That doesn’t mean it’s any good, it just means it’s Windows. The good news is Windows happens to be the best home operating system there is.
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