Sorry for all the quotes... I rarely stray from the General Software Discussion so am late to the game...
If you didn't see this the other time I posted it...
I know I know, this is PC and Linux, but I found this funny anyway.
In fact I am embarrassed to say that of all the time I spend on computers probably only 2/3 is spent actually producing something and the rest on fiddling with software.
I recognise, and smile ruefully to myself when I do, this exact same behviour in myself! I'm *supposed* to be more productive when I'm sitting in front of a computer but instead I wile away hours and days of my time "tweaking" it to address perceived deficiencies that have nothing to do with its ability to allow me to manipulate data in Excel or write down an idea in Word.
Yup, every now and then I catch myself endlessly "tweaking" something that I rarely, if ever, use. I guess that's something that comes when you sit in front of a computer all day... Other than:
A. Those Apple commercials have always been lame.
B. However, I do hate all the bloat and crapware that comes with brand-name PCs. If I ever buy a brand-name PC/laptop, the first thing I'm going to do is format the drive and do a nice, clean install. And that's with my own discs. Not the ones that come with the bloat that's automatically installed.
C. Apple is all about proprietary software/hardware.
A. I've always hated them too... A lot of the Mac spewed PC "flaws" are just as prevalent in Macs as well.
B. I think that's what the commercial in the OP is talking about, and as much as I hate to admit it, they're exactly right. I used to work at Best Buy as a Geek, one of the services we would do, after charging an exorbitant fee of course, is uninstall a lot of the shit HP/Compaq, Gateway, Sony, Toshiba, etc. put on their computers. With a clean Windows install the customers would be better off, for the most part at least, but they'd be paying more.
But, we must recognize that this additional software would be on Macs as well, if Mac had just one thing: competition. AOL doesn't come on every computer because HP thinks everyone uses AOL, it's on every computer because AOL-Time-Warner (did they drop the AOL?) has a lot of money, and they're willing to give it to HP in exchange for exposure. It's merely to drive the price down, because unlike Macs, there's at least a semblance of choice in the PC world.
C. Yup. Also, aren't Macs horrible about backward compatibility too? Isn't that something they decry Vista about?
HELLO! Not everyone buys their PC off the shelf or from Dell/HP/Sony, who do install a buttload of crapware on them. I've either built or had the guy on the corner custom build my PCs since the early 90s.
That's the way to do it!
The primary slam was against Sony Vaio computers.
Yeah. As much as I'd like to be calling that guy a complete douche-bag, he's right. I'd say that it's about the same for the rest as well. Maybe
I love the way people assume that Microsoft hire inept, bumbling programmers and the really good ones code for Apple
why on earth would anyone assume that Microsoft are less capable than Apple?
I understand the analogy perfectly. I think the difference here is people think computers just are
. Surely the average computer user knows that people
create computer software, but I get the impression they couldn't tell you much more. The average person doesn't seem to have any idea what they're actually getting when they buy a computer. I've had to explain that just because a computer has Microsoft Windows
doesn't mean they'll also get Microsoft Office
to glazed over eyes so many times I've lost count.
My daughter found this one today.