He tried them all and picked Mac OS X – one man’s story

Nico Nabholz has been using computers as a semi-nerd for nearly 15 years. His pilgrimage led him from MS-DOS over Windows 3 to 95, OS/2, Windows NT to XP, BeOS and Linux to the Mac OS X promised land. Nico is an IT manager in Bavaria, Europe.

“I had seen the fan-pages, read the critical comments about Apple’s product politics, about Apple soon filing for bankrupcy and heard the voices of those who would fight for Apple if they had to. And of course about those few who would rather stop using computers than “switching” to the Mac. But I didn’t care. After just having bought a brand new, lightning fast PC running Windows XP I wanted to jump right into the cold water and use a Mac myself for some time. So I bought a 12″ iBook, which I was going to sell on ebay soon after without a big financial loss. Two weeks later I handed the box with the XP-machine to its new owner and have been a happy guy ever since. I also added an iPod, a G4-iMac and a new iBook to my portfolio,” writes OSNews Special Contributor, Nico Nabholz.

Even though we started out on Macs, since we could see right away that DOS just wasn’t right, we particularly love these kinds of “struggle through the dreck to finally become enlightened” stories. Read it all here.


  1. “Bavaria, Europe”?

    I don’t mean to be picky, but Bavaria is a region and Europe is a continent. That would be like saying:

    “Steve Jobs is a resident of Pacific, North America.”

    If the guy doesn’t say exactly where he’s from, why put it there? This just looks bad.

  2. Bavaria is a “state” in Germany. It’s like saying that I’m from New York State. Most people understand what area is being referred to. I think it’s the most beautiful part of Germany with the Alps at its’ extreme southern end.

  3. The original article appeared in OS News which is not dedicated to any OS. The “Bavaria, Europe” appeared in the original article, so don’t blame MDN for accurately quoting the article–take your complaints to OS News.

    BTW, saying that Bill Gates lives in the Pacific North West of North America is perfectly accurate, as is saying that Steve Jobs lives in California, North America. Unless it has been moved, saying “Bavaria, Europe,” while unusual, is not inaccurate.

  4. People I wouldn’t sweat this whole Bavaria thing… it’s almost like how we call The Netherlands “Holland”, when in facti there is only 2 Provinces in The Netherlands that is actually Holland: Noord and Zuid Holland (North and South Holland)!

  5. bavaria is one of a number of (landers) us equivelant is a federal states which make up Germany and was a country in its own right until the unification of Germanic states under Bismark(Prussian) .
    Bavaria also has direct input into the EU so his address is accurate all be that he omitted Germany

  6. Bavaria is the actual official name of a region.

    Pacific/Pacific Northwest is used casually but is not an official name.

    Because of the history of certain named regions in Europe that go back many hundreds to a few thousand years, it is more common to embrace a region as “your homeland,” instead of the newer “country” designation.

  7. That would be like saying:

    “Steve Jobs is a resident of Pacific, North America.”

    Probably more like saying Bill gates lives in the Pacific Northwest, North America or the Cascades, North America which abeit awkward are both accurate.

  8. Quote Paul:
    “A good companion piece to this story would be, “He tried them all and chose Windows XP. Every single other person’s story on the planet.” “

    Except that every single other person has not used all the OSes that this chap has. Most only have exposure to Windows 3.x/95/98/XP.

    And technically, every single other person on the planet does not and has not used computers…..

  9. I love it when “Tech. Victims” start flaming each other over the oldest debate in the history of modern computing.
    Now geography lessons……..

    Enough kids go wash your hands and come to dinner!

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