This is in many ways a reply to Failbook: Mac vs PC.
So just before Christmas I went out and treated myself to a new iMac and coincidentally around the same time a friend took their first steps into the world of Mac and bought themselves a Macbook Air. Now, whilst I am lounging in a blaze of bliss and joy they are feeling a thundering hatred towards Macs. I feel some sympathy towards my friend – my first iMac purchase five years ago left me frustrated and eventually I pushed it across desks towards my Mac loving wife. However five years on and with the benefits of Macbook ownership I am no longer a frustrated Mac immigrant and feel a need to defend Macs against what appears to me as ill-informed hatred.
Computers are my life and if I’m not at school teaching pupils aged 11-18 how Computers (and the Internet) are tools to master in the modern age I am at home developing software and websites for local organizations. It was during my computing degree that I was first introduced to Unix and it capabilities – I was also subject to a lot of Windows-bashing by my lecturers who were always keen to point out where Microsoft were ‘at the time’ going wrong. Since then I have typically ran Windows alongside either Mac, Unix or both.
At school we are using Windows on Windows Networks and I have done so for all of my teaching career. Windows has much improved over the last 5 years, thanks to growing commercial pressure from Mac/Linux variants and legal decisions made in the favor of the competition, so many of the Mac/Windows arguments are somewhat more diluted.
In the beginning Gates and Microsoft generated a lot of the animosity towards themselves and the operating system through their business approach. They did nothing but upset many within the industry outside of MS by: