Go read this, then come back. Damn, that's a great post.
All over the web, there is speculation that Apple is about to become the next Microsoft (Borg, Evil Empire). Let's look at the similarities between the two companies: ( )
I hope you were taking notes. Now let's look at a few differences:
- I don't like those ugly, shitty little underlined letters in the menus. I know they're keystroke equivalents, but they're hideous. And they're not the same in different applications. Brain dead.
- I've had it with those ass-ugly desktop icons with the ginchy-looking text in a box that's never a compatible color with the desktop picture.
- I don't like those goofy boxes in the upper right hand corners of windows. The big "X" one is just nasty looking.
- I'm fed up with weird graphical hangs where an Outlook window sorta-kinda-almost redraws itself over an Explorer window and you get the hourglass with an arrow icon that you can move around but it doesn't do shit.
- When one application diddles the dachshund it shouldn't take down the whole frigging system. Man, that's a pisser.
- I don't like that when I log in I have to look at that scrolling, DOS-looking, last-century window full of garbage that I don't understand or care about while I wait for the computer to decide if I'm logged in or not.
- The interface for "Task Manager" is non-standard in its native environment. You can't kill the sonofabitch if you don't know about Alt-F4.
- I hate that I have to verify what application is on top, even when I think I know.
- Fuck Ctrl-Alt-Del.
- When I drag my mouse three deep into menus, I don't need to be asked if I'm sure. Damn.
- I want to name my peripherals and drives Cleo and Harvey and Mongo. To hell with letter designations. I don't want to know that crap. Let the computer take care of silly shit like that, and let me live in my fantasy world.
- Watching low-res asinine animations of little pieces of paper flying between low-res asinine file folders was kinda neato 12 years ago. Once.
- I'm sick to death of that stupid, unoriginal, twenty-year old hourglass.
- It's still idiotic to press the "Start" button to turn the frigging thing off.
- I hate cutesy-for-the-sake-of-cutesy visual crap that adds second-tier-trailer-park aesthetics without a hint of function.
I've hated all that crap since Win 95.
By comparison, I don't think Apple's OS is fugly or annoying.
So there you have it. Apple is not the next Microsoft.
There's a couple of doughnuts left if anybody wants one.