starseerdrgn: Reihanfēoru-kama (Default)

Okay, this is going to come off as petty to some, but it really irks me when people—especially in the tech media—think that something should change after a certain amount of time. This is even more true for things like operating systems.

I've already given my opinion on the tech media elsewhere. I think that, for the most part, they're idiots with an axe to grind, so they can get views and stir up their personal hornet nests to gather even larger audiences. I also believe they tend to be completely oblivious to anything outside of Silicon Valley and the tech elite, or that they just don't give a shit.

Now, with that out of the way, let me get to the point. I see so many geeks and tech media take the piss out of Apple, Microsoft, Google, and many others, just because they don't do major updates to something as often as they want.

This was especially true with Windows XP and OS X. I've seen complaints that the Luna design (Windows XP) was dated and a Fisher Price™ OS , and that OS X's skeuomorphic design was out of touch with what people wanted. Even Windows Vista and 7 got hate from some people for having the Aero Glass designs.

Yet, the return of Aero Glass was one of the most-requested features for Windows 10, before Microsoft's massive "fuck you" to fans as the UserVoice service was shut down. This was from mostly normal people, who aren't as tech savvy as the people who frequent sites like Windows Central and Thurrott.com .

For OS X, the skeuomorphic designs were seen as comforting for non-techies. The look of the faux leather and legal pad background for iOS and OS X's Notes app was a welcome sight, as was the design language of many other apps, such as the popped buttons of the window controls.

The problem is that, in the tech industry, geeks and tech media will always be the loudest when they don't get their way. Many of them have no qualms with stamping out the voices of non-geeks, so long as they see themselves as right on the internet.

Honestly, we need more tools to help non-geeks voice what they like about the applications and programs they're using, especially in a world where geeks would gladly cause a panic about anonymous telemetry just to keep such voices in the dark.

But hey, that's just my opinion on the matter.

starseerdrgn: Reihanfēoru-kama (Default)

I’m not even going to beat around the bush with this post. Why are people such outright dicks when it comes to what type of computer or phone other people use?

  • I see so many Windows users scoff or laugh at anyone who uses a Mac, with the thought that they’re “underpowered and overpriced”.
  • I see Mac users—far fewer than in the past—attack Windows users in retaliation, and some attack Windows users for being “stupid”.
  • I see Linux users attack anyone who uses “non-free software”, or for not following the free software mentality.
  • I see Android users taunt iPhone users for buying “overpriced” hardware.
  • I see iPhone users taunt Android users for having “malware-riddled” phones.

It’s just insane that these people go so far out of their way to attack others, just to deal with their own inadequacies.

I use a Mac. I’m still a fan of Windows 7 and Windows Vista. I’m still a fan of Gentoo. I use an iPhone, but I also own Android, Windows Phone, and Firefox OS devices. I won’t make fun of someone for making their own choices.

But I’ll never understand why others do it. It just makes no sense to me.

starseerdrgn: Reihanfēoru-kama (Default)

I'm using my MacBook Air and Mac Mini once again. Microsoft under Satya Nadella is proving to be more untrustworthy than it ever was under Steve Ballmer, with the company going in three different paths at the same time: open-sourcing some things, clamping down on others, and rendering their Windows project a mess. Windows 10 is trying to be an evergreen OS, much like the many web browsers out there.

The problem is that, like many people, I prefer some actual stability with my work environment, and Apple doesn't make drastic changes on OS X nearly as often as Microsoft does with Windows. For the most part, Mac OS 10.11 (El Capitan) looks and acts like Mac OS 10.8 (Mountain Lion), and even 10.4 (Tiger). There are always new features and apps (iCloud, Messages.app, etc…), but they don't change the entire OS to the point that you would need to train yourself again.

Apple keeps it simple, and that's a plus for someone like me.

Yes, I'm well aware that the hardware is more expensive, but at the same time, is that really a bad thing? If the hardware doesn't break for long periods (5 years or more), then I'm only having to pay for it occasionally. And it's not like I'll have to worry about the SSD in my MacBook, since I can boot from a USB 3 drive and continue like normal.

And of course, people will likely point out the massive failures from Apple (like the current "trash can" Mac Pro), but no good company is without its failures. It's what they do with those failures that determines how good they are.

Microsoft did good things under Ballmer, and often learned from their mistakes. I don't see that happening under Nadella, and I don't really see that happening in the FOSS world.

Plus, for people who take the piss out of me for going Mac instead of Linux, all I can say to that is this: "At least us Gentoo users can get things done, instead of fighting a losing war against piss-poor package managers. 🙃"

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