A wasted weekend?
A Sunday spent fixing Windows reminds Gary of what’s so magic about Macs
Sometimes you need the bad to really appreciate the good. The explosive aftermath of semicooked sausages, for example, make you appreciate barbecue cuisine made by someone who understands food safety.
It’s similar to the way that Windows really makes you miss your Mac.
I don’t mean that in a knee-jerk, WINDOZE LOL kind of way. Fanboyism bores me to tears, and while I’m typing this on a Mac, I have, use and quite like my Windows 8 PC (there’s an Android phone here too, although I prefer my iPhone). I mean it in a people-are-suffering way.
I’m not here to bury Windows. I’m here to point at it, and to tut loudly.
I’ve just spent a weekend fixing a pair of Windows PCs, one because Windows 8 is – to its new-computer purchaser – a confusing mess that uses a tablet interface on desktop PCs for no good reason, and the other because various unscrupulous software creators managed to stuff a Windows 7 laptop with so much adware that its internet broke. It’s been a weekend of swearing, uninstalling programs, removing toolbars, swearing, fixing search settings, swearing, killing secret processes and, uh, swearing.
That simply doesn’t happen with Macs, and it doesn’t happen with iOS either. Neither platform is without its faults – cough iTunes Match! cough – but neither platform delivers the sheer misery that an unhappy Windows box can bring.
I’d love to say that’s because Mac people are smarter, more careful and much better in bed than users of rival operating systems, but of course that isn’t true, apart from maybe the last bit. You don’t get to be the world’s most valuable tech company by refusing to take money from imbeciles – and conversely, you don’t get Windows’ many billions by selling products solely to people who still point at aeroplanes.
The difference is it’s much harder to sneak dodgy software onto a Mac or iPad than onto a Windows box or an Android tablet. Apple users aren’t necessarily any more securitysavvy than users of other types of OS – for example, the recent iCloud phishing scam showed Windows users don’t have a monopoly on gullibility – but Apple owners have a locked-down operating system and a well-policed app store that makes the bad guys’ jobs much harder.
Apple’s critics call it control freakery. I call it a way to avoid wasted weekends.