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MS Windows Sucks

I have been quite happy using MS Windows operating systems for most of the last 13 years, starting with Windows 95. But as of last year I have become more and more frustrated with their products. My home system, using Windows 2000, was becoming slow and I had to regularly fight adware and viruses to keep it functioning. My work system came with Windows Vista(because it was cheaper than XP?) and at first it seemed fairly usable, with some annoyances. But for several months now Vista can take several seconds to open an "Open file" dialog using any program including Explore. Accessing your files is one of the most basic functions of an OS, and it is incredibly bad for that to be so slow. Back to my home system, which I recently upgraded to Win XP Pro, last night I spent 3 hours trying to get it to use my hosts file with no luck. I use the hosts file along with Apache to run a web server locally, which is handy for developing websites. The hosts file used to work just fine on Win 2000, and is a common file found across many operating systems. Because it will likely be cumbersome to work around this problem, I think I am finally ready to switch to a Mac for my home system. I already purchased an Asus eee pc laptop last year and installed Ubuntu Linux on it. It is time to be rid of Microsoft and their crappy expensive operating systems and software.



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May. 29th, 2009 07:27 pm (UTC)
I used Macs way back in the late 80s and early 90s, finally abandoned them due to price point and the fact that my employers were PC shops.

At the urging of a friend, I started poking around with Macs again last year and started using them mostly exclusively as of August last year. Several months ago, I needed to buy a laptop and chose a 'very nice' ASUS system running Vista 64. The new system was a constant frustration with sleep issues and blue screens daily if not hourly.

I eventually (three weeks later) Craigslisted it and bought a Mac. I have had no unexplained issues with any Mac I have ever used, in contrast with the constant issues running Microsoft-based systems.

One of the idiocies I had taken for granted was reimaging my machines every six months or so in order to keep the speeds up. Another was rebooting just about every day to avoid crazy issues. Now I go for weeks without rebooting without any adverse effects.

I still run XP for a few tasks; I have to do some SQL Server work from time to time, and I bought a PC version of Creative Suite (Photoshop) a few years ago that I still use frequently. I run XP under VMWare, though. Which is nice; I can snapshot the system when it is fresh and restore it when it goes bad.

Macs are based on BSD so you will have no issues with running Apache. You can also run Ubuntu or any other Linux in a VM, whch is what I do when BSD isn't close enough to Linux for my development needs.

I have heard from a number of people that Windows 7 is good... All things are relative, though. I don't see myself ever going back to the MS world.

Edited at 2009-05-29 07:30 pm (UTC)
May. 30th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
Once you go Mac, you never turn back!
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