Confessions of a Windows User

March 16, 2011

I admit it. I use Windows and not OSX. Yes I tried OSX for about a month when I bought my very cool new MacBook Air. But it didn’t stick. Here’s why.

1. Blurry type – From the beginning, the words on the screen didn’t seem as crisp as what I was used to on my old WinXP machine. I have come to learn that Apple is more concerned about being true to the shape of the original typeface than shaping fonts so they map well to the pixels on the screen. Here is a good explanation of the issue.

2. MS Office – I waited until MS released the new version of Office for Mac 2011 that included Outlook.

a. I’ve been a dedicated Outlook user since the very first day it was released. This new Mac version is horrible. It can’t do simple things like open the next message when I delete a message. There is no “card view” in contacts. It is hard to have multiple Outlook windows open at the same time—I like one each for mail, calendar and contacts.

b. Excel – My work requires heavy use of Excel and the first thing I noticed about Excel in Office for Mac 2011 was how slow it was. Just to insert a new row took more than a second. That alone was enough to force me to switch.

3. Resizing windows on the screen – Apple insists that we use only a small corner in the bottom right to resize a window. MS allows dragging from any side or corner—who wouldn’t want that?

4. Folder organization – I suspect there are ways to organize Mac folders that I didn’t find but I like to sort my files by date and have all the folders grouped together.

There are many wonderful features in OSX that I’m sure I would enjoy but together they aren’t enough to overcome the problems, at least for me.

Starting a Movement

June 26, 2009

"You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he’s really sick and they won’t take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singing a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in singing a bar of Alice’s Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may think it’s a movement…" – Arlo Guthrie

I spend a lot of time in rental cars. For a while now, I’ve been thinking, wouldn’t it be great if, no matter where you were or what company you were renting from, you could get in the car and know what type of station you’d get when you pressed any preset? I think so too.

So I’m starting a movement.  Join me here to get started!

Must work for dopes…

June 26, 2009

I saw a bumper sticker today that said “If you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.”  This is pretty ridiculous.  Of course the point is to tell cars in the rear to be careful around big trucks but anyone with half a brain would know that what’s true is: if you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see your eyes but there is a pretty good chance I can see at least some of your car.