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Just 'cuz bugs outnumber humans, does that make them better?

Windows ... of Opportunity?


It's all too typical for Mac users to bash Windows, and vice versa. I support both platforms, although I prefer doing creative work on the Mac. That said, the Mac isn't perfect: except for the newer Unix-based version of the Mac (i.e., OSX, which came in 2001), memory management and protection in the classic Mac OS (up through 9.2.2) is inadequate, and its cooperative multitasking pales in the face of the pre-emptive offerings of many other platforms. Still, it has long had the best user interface, including beneath the surface, making it a more fluid work environment. Despite the overwhelming market penetration of the Windows platform, nothing about it excels; it is derivative at best, and mediocre in execution in almost every area.

So let the jokes begin, I guess. Bill Gates is none the worse for wear.

The software box said I needed "Windows95© or better" — so I bought a Mac.

"Intel© Inside": The world's most widely used warning label.

To see tomorrow's PC, look at today's Macintosh.BYTE Magazine

"Never ask a man what sort of computer he drives. If it's a Mac, he'll tell you. If not, why embarrass him?" — Tom Clancy

OS Wars Animation DOS-based computers, manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq, Tandy, and millions of others are by far the most popular, with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans, on the other hand, may note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans, and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form. — New York Times, November 26, 1991

I don't do .INI, .BAT, .DLL or .SYS files. I don't assign apps to files. I don't configure peripherals or networks before using them. I have a computer to do all that. I have a Macintosh ... not a hobby. — Fritz Anderson

"Usually Mac users are able to solve most of their problems without any "help from us." — BellSouth ISP Tech Support

Windows Logo
"I'm running Windows98©."
Tech Support: "Yes."
Customer: "My computer isn't working now."
Tech Support: "Yes, you said that."


Windows98© — 32-bit extensions and graphical shell for a 16-bit patch to an 8-bit operating system originally coded for a 4-bit microprocessor, written by a two-bit company that can't stand one bit of competition.

Mac users often swear by their Macs, whereas PC users often swear at their PCs. List server provided by Lyris

An anecdote from the 8/4/98 QuadList serve:
"I just started a new job, Monday morning I go in and fire up my lovely new Wintel Box, it makes a few noises and then tells me "Unable to find Keyboard. Please press the F1 key or DELETE." Now, it just told me my keyboard was not there and yet I am now supposed to press a key to continue? Never a Windows box at my house, never."
Designation at a PC help site: Diagnosis "PEBKAC" — "Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair."
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