Sydney Morning Herald Tech columnist dumps Microsoft Windows, switches to Apple Mac

“I have had just about enough of Microsoft. I’ve had it with rebooting my notebook and my desktop constantly because my applications crawl to a halt. I’ve had it with reformatting my drives every few months to get rid of all the stuff that accumulates on them. I’ve had it with dysfunctional bloatware, inelegantly designed and inefficiently coded. I’ve had it with viruses and worms and Trojan horses and spyware and all the other rubbish that Microsoft lets in,” Graeme Philipson writes for The Sydney Morning Herald. “In a move that will delight many readers of this column, I am taking the plunge and going Apple Macintosh. My son has been using one for a year now, and Apple’s OS X operating system is everything Microsoft’s is not. I don’t care about Vista; I’m moving now.”

Philipson writes, “I don’t care if Bill Gates is the world’s biggest philanthropist. The pain he has inflicted on the world in the past 20 years through lousy products easily outweighs any good he has done.”

MacDailyNews Take: Hallelujah! Tell it like it is, baby!

Philipson’s rolling now, “Now that the Apple Mac is using Intel processors, and the prices are reasonable, and the inter-operability is fine, I see no reason not to switch. I can always run Windows if I want, though my intention is to avoid Microsoft whenever possible. Apple is as arrogant as Microsoft but at least its stuff works as advertised.”

MacDailyNews Take: It’s not arrogance if you can back it up.

Philipson continues, “The world is changing and Microsoft is not changing with it. It has become too big, with all the problems of inertia. Its enormous installed base brings with it the massive disadvantage of having to adapt while staying the same. It may prove an impossible task. The many delays in Vista, the next version of the Windows operating system, have become and industry joke. It is years late and there is no guarantee it will be ready when Microsoft says, which is late this year or early next year. Gartner consultants are already predicting further delays.”

“But the real threat to Microsoft is not unhappy users boycotting its products. It is that its business model is under threat. It’s very reason for existence is being eroded. Bill Gates’ vision was a computer on every desk, and Microsoft products on every computer. He achieved his ambition, which brought him wealth unimaginable. But now the world of computer applications is moving off the desktop and on to the internet,” Philipson writes. “Information, and information technology, is moving beyond the era of discrete desktop computers towards a supernet of interlinked devices and mini-applications. Microsoft doesn’t play there, try as it might. Google does. So does Apple. The world is changing, and so am I. I will report back on my Macintosh experience in a future column.”

Full article, highly recommended, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Stephen J” and “cluster8” for the heads up.]

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75 Comments

  1. I got my wife a mini a year ago, and now she’s a bigger Mac freak than I am (Mac user since 1991), coming from 7 years of using Windows at work.

    The more converts, the better.

  2. To save all the PC trolls the bother let me say it for them:

    (deep breath)

    This guy is an idiot I’ve used Windows for years and never had a virus or spyware or a trojan you just have to know what you are doing this guy is obviously stupid because you should learn how to maintain your computer otherwise you don’t deserve to own one all you macintosh owners are stupid because the computer does it all for you and it’s just a toy not a real computer like the one I built last week that cost me $12.00 and is way quicker than anything coming out of Apple.

    (another deep breath)

    Note that the above is just what will be said later on down in the comments, but spelt better (commas and full stop notwithstanding).

  3. Philipson writes, “I don’t care if Bill Gates is the world’s biggest philanthropist. The pain he has inflicted on the world in the past 20 years through lousy products easily outweighs any good he has done.”

    I think I know some people in Ghana that would disagree.

    Still, it’s good that the guy came to the Mac.

  4. Yes. And people who cannot do all their own car repairs or surgery should not be allowed to drive, or live.

    Riiiiight.

    I love this article because he describes the trend against M$ well: erosion. Good times, good times!

    Come trolls! Come one and all!

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