Originally Posted by maytrix
I think many problems are often caused by the user. The only downside to windows is that it is probably easier for a user to create problems.
I neglected to say that I've been designing and building computer products for 30 years, so I've got a pretty good understanding about how they work. Over the years I've developed somewhat of an obsession over how well products are designed, how usable and self-evident, and how robust they are. To me, windows has been an abomination from day one, but it garnered all the focus for application developers. Despite liking Macs much better, applications kept me using windows. Then along came VMWare and the ability to run native Mac and Windows apps side by side and the game
was over. Yes, Macs are more expensive - by quite a bit. But my time is worth something too. The last Windows machine I bought cost $600 and came with windows 7 pre-installed. After 2 days I still couldn't get Outlook 2007 to connect to an Exchange 2007 server and load my email
. There's nobody at Microsoft to call - just the "oppotunity" to spend another day or two reading knowledgebase articles and trying seemingly random stuff, none of which made a difference. My Exchange service
providor had no idea what was going on, the Geek Squad had no idea what was going on, and HP tech support had no idea. Hours more time wasted. And remember, I've worked with this stuff every day of my life for 30 years so I know it real well.
I returned the windows machine and bought a Mac. Within 10 minutes I was connected to my Exchange email
and it was loading up just as it should. I installed VMWare and imported my old laptop
and had all my windows-specific apps within another hour or so.