UPDATE: I sincerely appreciate all the comments people have left. I’m shocked anybody found this blog, but good on ya. I’m not going to argue against anybody. You’re all right. I think it boils down to two things:
- It just didn’t feel right…for me. I wanted to love it, but I didn’t. It felt wrong, to me. It’s different, but not different enough to blow my mind. It’s different enough to annoy me.
- I wasn’t unhappy with my existing system. I wasn’t unhappy or unsatisfied with my experience in Windows. Therefore, I had no real motivation to switch. The fact that I have a lot of work to get done is a motivation for me not to switch.
Ultimately, my experience lead me to stick with XP until Google OS or something similar comes along.
And now back to the original post…
You know those popular Apple ads featuring a smug, partronising Mac boy? The computer itself even comes shrink wrapped in that same smug, partonising state.
I found the Mac OSX experience to still be incredibly flawed. Despite so many top designers gushing over it, I have to say that it is a really poorly designed product – both the hardware and software. I am truly baffled how anyone can tolerate it, let alone gush over it and pay a premium, to boot. Then again, label whores do that. They love to suffer, as long as they are making a fashion statement.
The fundamental flaw was the nose dive in my productivity. I completely acknowledge that there’s a necessary learning curve when making such a conceptual leap. There’s a period of adjustment. I recently switched from Photoshop to Fireworks, which is widely acknowledged to be a relatively significant mental switch. So it’s not that I can’t switch, or that I’m not willing to switch.
So why do I dislike the Mac so much?
- Expose looks sexy, but it’s worse than a schizophrenic girlfriend. Once you start using it, you quickly realize that it seriously disrupts your workflow, often inadvertently. A simple flick of the mouse and you’re suddenly thrown into an unwanted screen warp. It’s like getting tangled up in a fishing net. On the other hand, when you actually do want to quickly jump to another document, then the travel time to get your mouse over to the opposite corner of the screen takes forever, at which point you need to bring it all the way back again. That’s when the real fun begins: it’s time to start guessing which of the puzzle pieces is the one you want. It’s like doing a jigsaw. Is this it? No. Is that it? No. It’s not just a first timer issue – I’ve seen Mac zealots doing the same head twirling jigsaw hunt. In Windows, I can instantly locate my document in the task bar; it takes a fraction of a second to jump to the proper place.
- All of the Macromedia and Adobe apps are dogs on the Mac. They look twice as ugly and they run half as fast. I spend a large portion of my life working in those apps. That alone is a deal breaker.
- iPhoto is pitiful. I rely on Picasa, not only for my personal photos, but more so for my screenshot collection. I have 4500+ screenshots that I’ve collected over the years. When I grab a screenshot in SnagIt the image instantly shows up in Picasa, automagically. On the Mac, Snapz is the closest thing to SnagIt, and it can’t grab a scrolling window. That in itself is a serious problem. I wound up installing the ScreenGrab Firefox extension – which partially solved things. Then with iPhoto I needed to import the images manually, so more wasted time and effort – assuming I could even remember everything I captured. It also meant that I had two copies of every image, archived in different places, in different ways. My blood was boiling.
- Welcome to the Micky Mouse Club. The Mac is a computer that begrudgingly has a keyboard attached to it. Apple would love to ship with just a mouse. The only reason they provide a keyboard is so people have a way to activate the right-button keyboard combo (yes, I do know that the clit mouse does have right button functionality).
- ClearType? Is that supposed to be a joke? Design wankers love to point out the typographic superiority of the Mac’s font rendering. The simple truth is that computer screens cannot render small type sizes properly. Blurring fonts to render them more “accurately” only makes it more obvious that screens are still low resolution. Most importantly it’s harder to read. I don’t care how theoretically accurate it is.
Shall I go on? I could, but I’d rather not. I am a little ashamed that I made a stink to get the Mac, only to give it up so quickly. In the end, I just wasn’t able to get things done on it. And I did sincerely try. After I made the final call to end the abusive relationship, I was overcome with a powerful sense of relief to get back on my Vaio. I immediately started getting things done once again.
I’m pretty confident that my next platform is not going to be Vista or OSX. I’m holding out for Google OS. I love Gmail, calendar, docs, spreadsheets, Picasa, maps, Earth, etc etc. Bring on Google OS.
I am a Google.
@ 14/12/2006 |