Dumping the Empire

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on March 2, 2005

in Compooting

First, let me be clear: unlike the vogue trend, I do not resent Microsoft simply because they’re the two-ton gorilla of the software world and make an obscene amount of money. Hey, this is Ameedica, making moola is the name o’ da game and that’s a game Homey likes. No, I resent Microslop because they simply suck. Going all the way back to the Days of DOS, they were the king of mediocrity. Every product they have ever came out with spawned a plethora of products created to repair sloppy bugs or implement features that should have been included in the first place. They are the epitome of collectivist thinking: all product development decisions are made by committees of corporate bureaucrats. Collectivist processes, by their very nature, are mediocre and anathema to excellence. That’s why big corporations and big governments are inherently incapable of excellence and they can never do anything quite right.

Anyway, I’ve gotten so fed up with Microslop with all their Windows crap and the cheesy machines made for Windows that I’ve started the pilgrimage to Macs. My dear Mrs. Samurai bought me an iBook G4 about two months ago, when I had my back surgery. It’s a cute little laptop with a 12″ screen and is everything that Windows never was: stable, never crashes, works right every time, the only time you ever reboot is for the rare operating system upgrade (mine is OS X and I’ve had one upgrade back when I first connected to the internet with it). It’s unbelievably sooweet! I’m laying in bed right now, propped up with my Mac on my lap, surfing on a wireless Internet connection, reading, writing, posting, chatting on Yahoo IM (zenzoidman) and this little gem is an absolute joy to use.

Another step I’ve taken to free myself from the Evil Empire is switching over to Firefox to browse the Internet instead of Internet Horror. That’s a step everyone can make now and it’s FREE! Firefox is much faster than Horror, more secure, has tabbed browsing, and lots of other features that make for a better Internet experience.

Next step is to get a Mac workstation so I’ll never again have to defile my eyes and fingers on a Windows machine. Now if I can just move the Appliantology Group out of MSN…


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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Robert van de Walle March 2, 2005 at 4:39 pm

Conratulations! Welcome to the other side!

Although, I have to tell you, that I’ve had one OS X hang in the last 12 months. And numerous program hangs. I can tell you, though, my wife, a Windoze woman, puts far more effort into keeping her equipment running than I do!

Anonymous March 4, 2005 at 10:52 pm

If you want to try something that will cure the micro$haft problems on the Intel type computers, you might want to try Linux. It’s rock solid stable, secure, very inexpensive, has a lot of programs written for it, and easy to use.

On the negative side, in all fairness, It is quite different from whingedows, so there is a bit of a learning curve.

It’s based on Unix, so it has a whole different philosophy behind it. If you have some time (or know a good geek) it can be an option. It’s not for everyone, but you get what you pay for. In this case it’s not money, but time invested in learning.

Anonymous March 5, 2005 at 8:46 am

What took you so long? ;-) Safari is kind of a fun browser, if you haven’t already tried it.

Dr. Van W. Cottom March 5, 2005 at 7:58 pm

1. Mac is an excellent choice, and for all those LINUX fans, it’s actually UNIX underlying MAC OS X, and you can access it at a command line level.

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Doug March 7, 2005 at 9:51 am

Microsquishy has been really hurting themselves lately. The lawsuit threat to Asia is as bold as it gets (Microsoft’s Ballmer warns Asia against use of Linux). Add in that Dell and HP support has gotten so BAAAAD. I hope Intel is hedging a little for their future.

Rick March 8, 2005 at 5:19 pm

I won’t go the Mac route anytime soon — too much invested in unusual software. BUT, you are absolutely right about Firefox. Small, secure, fast, good privacy features — everything that IE Explorer is not.

calumniate April 12, 2006 at 2:14 pm

Nice one. OS XOXO is a great choice, firefox being equally sound.

Linux is ok for servers and stuff but OMG does it ever suck for desktop environments. Try spending 4 days trying to get a wireless network card running and 2 weeks trying to get opengl 3d drivers to work, and you come to realize that you get what you pay for. I’m sorry but the Linux beer taps are dry dry dry!!

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