Dvorak finally uses a Mac: recommends Mac to friends and neighbors

“Oh horrors. Dvorak is using a Mac,” John Dvorak writes for PC Magazine. “An iMac (with a second screen so I [don’t] look like a complete schlub). Hey, I figured since I’m known for ragging on the Mac all the time, I may as well speak from some experience, right? It’s been a couple of months now, so I thought I’d report what I think about the platform from a user’s perspective—specifically, from a PC user’s perspective.”

MacDailyNews Take: In other words, for decades prior, Dvorak spoke of Mac with no experience.

“First of all, the machine is not half bad. It’s very quiet, and it performs as well as the PC on general office applications. Generally speaking, the interface is slicker than the PC’s, and you get the sense that the computer isn’t about to start acting weird because of some virus, spyware, or endless Firefox loading procedure going on in the background and killing all the cycles of the computer,” Dvorak writes.

MacDailyNews Take: “Not half bad?” That’s the understatement of the year so far. Here are just a few reviews of Apple’s iMac:

Mossberg’s fall computer buyer’s guide: Apple iMac the best consumer desktop computer on the market – October 26, 2006
• Orlando Sentinel: Apple’s 24-inch iMac versatile, seamless, makes working with multimedia a breeze – October 15, 2006
Computeractive review: Apple iMac 24-inch Intel Core 2 Duo (5 out of 5 stars) – September 20, 2006
Crave at CNET: Apple’s gorgeous 24-inch iMac should tempt you to switch – September 07, 2006
Fortune: Apple improves what were already two of best computers on planet with iMac, MacBook Pro – March 14, 2006
Apple iMac the finest, most reliable, stable, elegant and intuitive personal computer available – February 14, 2006
InfoWorld: Apple perfects the desktop personal computer with new iMac Core Duo – January 25, 2006

Dvorak continues, “Other than that, I cannot see much of a difference between the Mac and PC.”

MacDailyNews Take: John’s abject myopia is wholly unsurprising. “The Macintosh uses an experimental pointing device called a ‘mouse.’ There is no evidence that people want to use these things.” – John C. Dvorak, Feb 1984

Dvorak continues, “[The Mac] runs the same old applications (more or less), and it gets the job done, albeit somewhat more elegantly. The processes for some things, such as burning CDs, seem convoluted to me. I’m not a fan of some of the navigational concepts. And I have one USB key that the Mac refuses to recognize for some unknown reason. But these are not deal-breakers.”

MacDailyNews Take: Windows is an upside-down and backwards poorly-faked Mac. It takes time to break bad Windows habits. Dvorak’s are so deeply ingrained that “a couple of months” might as well be a millisecond; there isn’t enough time in the universe for him.

“I sense that the OS is more solid than Microsoft Windows, but I cannot say why exactly. I suspect that the modern underpinnings of the Unix kernel have something to do with it. I have no plans to move to the Mac platform for my personal use,” Dvorak writes. “That said, I have noticed that I’ve been recommending the machine to friends and neighbors when they want to know what kind of system they should buy… I have to think to myself, ‘Should I recommend something that will come back to haunt me, or recommend a Mac with its higher price but lower hassle factor?’ The answer is simple. I hate the idea of having to do customer service for people who cannot keep their systems clean, and that’s most people.”

MacDailyNews Take: Dvorak has no plans to move to the Mac platform for his personal use because that would be the logical move. Instead, he’ll illogically continue with the extra hassle of a less solid, less usable, less elegant Windows PC. Stockholm Syndrome is brutal to witness.

Dvorak continues, “The way I see it is that the differences between the Mac and the PC that really matter are minor. The big exception is the usability factor. And, in the end, that’s probably what the majority of users care about. Yes, it’s a sad day for the Mac bashers.”

Full article, Think Before You Click™, here.

MacDailyNews Take: We post this article at the request of too many readers to mention individually, not because Dvorak’s opinion of the Mac matters a whit. Dvorak’s “it’s a sad day for the Mac bashers” comment belies his inflated perception of himself, and while “inflated” is an entirely appropriate description of John, nobody should care what the irrelevant hit-whore Dvorak thinks about the Mac. Positive or negative, he has no credibility or integrity; he’s just trolling for page views, as usual.

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  1. “Burning CD’s is convloluted”

    Yeah, drag files onto the CD, then click “burn” icon in the Finder, or select Actions > Burn.

    Yep, to a PC user I can undestand how he might find that convoluted.

  2. I’ve been using both Mac and Windows for 15 years, and the gab between them is smaller than ever. Windows definitely has it’s advantages over the Mac.

    It’s not as bad as it used to be. The Windows ME experience has faded away from my world, at least.

  3. Actually, usually when I see “think before you click” it makes me annoyed that I’m being told what to do.

    Actually, that’s the one thing I don’t like about my mac. It seems that at times I’m always being told what I can and can’t do. It tried to mollycoddle me at times… very protective. I know this means it can remain more secure, but at times, it irks me.

  4. he also writes:
    Now that I’m thinking about it, perhaps I should rethink my use of the word “elegant” when I describe the machine and the way it functions. See, most people use this word because they love the often-gimmicky stuff, such as the bouncing icons and sweep-away window minimizing. It’s all very interesting but superfluous.

  5. ” …the differences between the Mac and the PC that really matter are minor. The big exception is the usability factor.”

    The differences between filet mignon and a hammer that really matter are minor. The big exception is the edibility factor.

    Does he even think about what he writes?

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