I was reading through a back-log of recent Tumblr submissions and an article by Marco ArmentÂ struck my attention. He was speaking to the wide-spread adoption of Windows Vista, or so it seemed, and he asked the question- I'm not sure this is what he intended, but it seemed to me that he asked the question, " What was a die-hard Windows fan ? "
He seemed to be implying that a majority of Windows users were using Vista.
Could this possibly be true?
I reflected for a moment on my personal history. For over ( Doing the math ) twenty years I struggled through DOS, from IBM PC DOS 1.2 [ 1983 ] through MS DOS 8.0 [ 2000 ] was relatively straight forward, and then it became hidden, so totally lost beneath the 'shell' of the user interface it was rumored to be obsolete. About the time of Windows 98, and Windows NT, ending with the release of Windows 2000 Professional, It was pretty obvious, Â to me anyway, that Microsoft was not particularly interested in supporting the small end-user. When OS X was introduced by Apple in 2001, long since tired of becoming an expert at reformatting the drive, reloading the operating system, and losing all my files in the process- I switched.
From the original G3, the original G4, and the original G5 workstation I became an Apple user, the near legendary 'Mac'.
Enter the current economy. Approximately three years ago, I lost everything. My wife of some eleven years, my job, I was a stay-at-home dad, you see, and my home. In that process I reverted back to Windows XP Professional, resident, as it was, on my lap-top. Fortunately, It was a Gateway NX860XL multi-media desktop replacement, Intel Centrino Duo [ T2300@1.66Ghz w. 2.00 GB of RAM ].
Ironically, switching to OS X was an excercise in intuition, pure and simple. There was nothing, after over twenty years as a PC user, that I could not do on a Mac, seemlessly and intuitively.
There was not much stress related to switching back to Windows XP, mind you, there were still a number of things I could not do, but ... The crux of the matter ... I noticed immediately that Windows Vista on the otherhand, was and is a nightmare. I can find almost nothing. Even if I save to a file, for example, where Vista choses to hide things remains a mystery. Even the 'search' application remains obscure.
Which brings us, at long last, to the question, and perhaps the answer. Again, not the answer Marco had in mind, I'm certain. " Who is a 'Die-Hard' Windows fan? " "Â I am."
This is certainly my 'last-gasp'. I will not switch to Vista or the much anticipated Windows 8, or whatever they are calling it at the moment, and I will certainly go back to Apple at the soonest opportunity, If and when the economy recovers.
What about you?