Software upgrades

Only two weeks until Apple releases the fourth major release of their operating system in 3 years, Panther. This update to Mac OS X brings along a bunch of shiny new features, and, it is reported, some nice speed boosts. I like it when I pay for an upgrade and it makes my computer faster. This shouldn’t be a shocking or strange business move on Apple’s part, but to Microsoft it is.

I’ve noticed that our 300Mhz Dell at home works just fine with Windows 2000, perfectly adequate. At the same time, our 1.1Ghz systems in the Student Union, running Windows XP, take just as long, if not longer then the Dell, to do super-simple things like open the Start menu or a load a web page. It’s really pretty shocking. Basically Microsoft’s newer versions of Windows add more features, more shiny interface stuff, and more special effects (everything you do makes a noise and fades or shimmers or glows!) while at the same time making the user experience just as slow as it was before. This is quite astonishing when you realize that most times people upgrade Windows it is because they have bought newer, faster computers. The Windows “feature” bloat basically leads to people upgrading to a faster computer that runs just as slowly as before at most common tasks! So think about it that way when you go to buy a new PC: you’re paying $500 or $1000, not for the newest best technology, but so that you can run the newest version of Windows.

Meanwhile, I’m gonna pay $69 to get a new version of th Mac OS with over a hundred new features and a speed increase for a laptop I already bought, over a year ago!

15 replies on “Software upgrades”

  1. I thought you said you didn’t want the link, and since I only like by real name (because I find all the alternate names highly confusing), I didn’t want to keep it in a truncated form.

  2. Because now you can find my LJ by googling my real name. And I have reasons for wanting to keep my online and RL identities protected from each other, except by invitation. Just trust me on this, it’s not stupid “InterWeb” paranoia.

  3. The first hit on a google for your full name is your LiveJournal. Next one that’s actually you is, which apparently is another name for this site. Then, and finally a linkless mention in Lampbane’s LJ from 2001.

  4. Yes. I said that. That’s from the old link that was on this site. Now that it’s not there anymore, I guess it’ll stop popping up in a few weeks or so? If you notice, it says that the search terms only appear in pages linking to it. And check again… The link IS me. =D

  5. No, I understood that. That’s why I removed the link. Because it was fascinating because searching for your name on Google showed pages that were yours even though they didn’t contain your name, just by virtue of me linking to one of them with your name. But that link is gone now. I wanted to know why you were upset that the link was gone? It’s not like I don’t still consider you a friend…that list needs to be updated anyway.

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