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Posted on Monday, July 25th, 2005

Dave!I really try to be a nice guy. I don't always succeed, but I do try.

Which is why when I see two idiot kids picking on another kid because he doesn't have a nice bike and expensive clothes... well, I don't understand it at all. It isn't you, so why do you care? You've GOT the pricey bicycle and sweet threads, so what does it really matter that some other guy isn't as fortunate? Is your life really so pathetic that you feel the need to belittle somebody over what they don't have and can't change? Bizarre. But they are just stupid kids, so what are you gonna do?

Though it kind of makes me wonder if things really change once we've grown up.

Probably not, but the dynamics do. When you're a kid, you rely on your parents for the things you have, so it's really out of your hands. As an adult, it's all you. I can't decide which is the least desirable situation to be in.

Since people probably make fun of what I choose to wear, I think I'd rather go back to being a kid again.

At least way back then, my biggest problem from Microsoft would be DOS instead of the whole Windows fiasco.

Today I was forced to test a document to be sure it would work on a WindowsXP PC. The problem is that my Windows machine died with the last "Critical Update" and I don't feel like blowing two hours of my life doing a complete reinstall. So I borrowed another machine, only to find that it was begging for a round of "Critical Updates" too... which I ignored (not wanting to repeat the demise of my own machine on somebody else's). It was all downhill from there...


At this point, I quite honestly don't know what to do. I am forced to use Windows on occasion, and I accept that... but HOLY CRAP!! HOW DO YOU WINDOWS USERS GET ANYTHING DONE?!?? I am constantly fighting the OS in order to make things work (e.g., on the Mac, the menu bar is always at the top of the screen, so you can never "over-shoot" it... with Windows, there's such a tiny area to hit that menu bar within the window, that I end up working with windows "full-screen" to save my sanity). And that's just the beginning... there are dozens of things so stupidly unintuitive and ridiculous, that I just marvel at the absurdity of it all.

My real problem is that I'm so used to having everything so easy on my Mac, that Windows is very much like torture for anything past surfing the web or checking email. To do actual work requires hopeless periods of lost productivity that I just can't afford. I have to wonder how many man-hours Microsoft is responsible for pissing away on a daily basis... and I'm not even including down-time from corrupted system files, viruses, spyware, and everything else you have to deal with. Sheer insanity

Is it all my fault? Am I using it wrong? Would it help if I were to go buy a Windows for Dummies book? Something tells me the answer is "no," but I figure it's only diplomatic to look for an alternative to making fun of Windows because it's wearing a ripped-out pair of 70's bell-bottom jeans and riding a busted-ass tricycle that was rescued from the dump.

Movie Quotable of the Day: "Maybe we should call in a bomb threat to Houston... I think it's free beer night at the Astrodome."
Yesterday's Answer: Tarzan (1999) with Tony Goldwyn and Minnie Driver.

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  1. *chuckles*

    For what it’s worth Dave, your constant ridicule of Windows and coverage of Apple’s superiority has convinced me to buy an iMac for college. Congradulations: You converted one:>)

  2. Kevin says:

    Count me on the tally list when it comes to lost hours of productivity. My software constantly crashes on my PC at work. Files take forever to load. Hell, I’ve even had files spontaneously “relocate.” It’s weird. I don’t like it.

  3. flatrabbit says:

    How do I get anything done in windows? I break it on install. I tend to strip everything out of the OS before I do anything else.

    Windows Update is my worst enemy, so I normally research each patch before I even think of installing it and I do most of them one at a time, not in the huge batches that M$ says must be done.

    To increase the chance that stuff works I use as few of the built in M$ programs, no Windows Media Player, no Explorer, none of that crap. I tend to use 3rd part apps as they are better coded and most of them don’t mess with the registry(at least not too much).

    I’ve been a linux user for nearly a decade now, but I am forced to use windowsXP for work (Autocad, bleh) and most gaming.

  4. Rob says:

    The cripple updates in windows are such a joke. One would think that after 10+ years of tweaking DOS that they would have closed all the holes.

    I love my iBook. Even if it is a generation behind.

  5. Omni says:

    The truly amazing thing is that PC people are constantly and belligerently arguing how their machines are better… apparently based on the idea that because more games and other garbage are written for them, that means they’re superior rather than just more popular because they’re cheaper.

  6. Carl says:

    I’m a PC user but I’m interested in getting an Apple sometime. To be honest, I’ve been using Windows since I was 4 (back in the 3.1 days) and it’s never seemed to fail me, unless you count the 7 month period last year where I had to reinstall every week because my hardware kept giving up under XP.

    Mac’s sound really simple, clean, fast, and I’m very tempted to get one now. Plus they appear everywhere on TV. Maybe that’s a sign…

  7. SJ says:

    I realize this is putting my head under a guillotine, but I LOVE my Windows PC. I learned computers on a Mac. I owned a Mac for 5 years. I worked exclusively on Macs for 9 years. I wouldn’t go back to Mac ownership if they gave me a top-of-the-line set-up for free, plus stock in Apple. My current computer was custom-built by my husband, and runs Windows XP Pro. It has NEVER crashed on me. The only problem I’ve ever had was a bout with a nasty email virus. When I used a Mac at work, it routinely crashed several times a day (that was true at BOTH places I worked on one). And EVERYTHING was scarcer and more expensive for the Macs. Once I got through the requisite period-of-adjustment (because Macs do everything for you), I quickly came to appreciate my Windows PC. And I’ve never regretted making the switch. So there.

  8. Dave2 says:

    Oh, so YOU’RE the one… I always figured that there was one of you out there, I just didn’t ever think it would be somebody I know of.


    P.S. We promise never to tell your husband that you prefer Macs when you come to your senses. Get well soon.


  9. Kevin says:

    Ah SJ,

    So love truly is blind, eh?

    JK 😉

  10. SJ says:

    Hmmmmm, never thought of it from that angle . . .

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