Murphy's Law: 5 Reasons Why I Don't Want Apple's OSX

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Caboose

 So Murph, since you smashed your iPhone, what are you going to use as your cell phone? Blackberry, Android powered?

 

My biggest issue with Apple and all of it's iCrap, is that they like to say it's open source, and you can customize it, but whenever you attempt to, Apple goes all apeshit and screws you over.

Want to jailbreak your phone? Nuh uh! Gotta play by Apple's rules!

Want to run your own hardware or run OSX on a custom built PC? Nuh uh! Gotta play by Apple's rules!

Want to run flash on your portable (non-computer) device? Nuh uh! Gotta play by Apple's rules!

And then there's the mentality from majority of people from Team Apple. That their computing platform makes them a superior individual. If you're running anything other than an iSomething, they look down on you as if you're sub-human. Heck, I've had someone ask me about my phone (HTC Magic+ running Cyanogenmod 5.0.7) if I have an iPhone. I replied with no, I'm running an Android based handset with a custom rom. And they laughed saying that I wasted my money and it's a crap device. When I asked why I should use an iPhone instead, their response was "It's Apple! Why wouldn't you want to use it?!"

I'm sure that if the mentality of Team Apple members was different. If they didn't think of themselves as these super-human individuals and everyone else is garbage. The Mac Vs. Windows issue wouldn't exist; or at least not to the scale that it is now.

 

Sorry if my posts on your previous article seemed a bit harsh. Just noticed a lot of Apple related articles as of late on the site, and the number of PC or non-Apple related articles were very very low. Was wondering what happened to the site!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Keith E. Whisman

Apple says you don't need flash because HTML5 is going to have a far richer environment than anything Adobe can deliver. Apple forgets to mention that HTML5 is another 10years away from reality if it happens at all.

All this bragging about how great HTML5 is going to be and it's not going to be here for another TEN YEARS. That's like forever in computer years. A computer ages quicker than your Cat or Dog. You build it and a week later it's old and a year later and it's a dinosaur. It still works but there is faster and newer technology available.

So instead of HTML5 being TEN FREAKING YEARS AWAY how about making 10months away. But if it's going to be TEN FREAKING YEARS before we can reap the feature rich rewards of HTML5 why not support the current standards now? Apple says no Flash on it's Ipad because HTML5 doesn't need it but by the time HTML5 rolls along your Ipad battery will be dead and probably your Ipad along with it. 

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TheMurph

Ugh.  Given the cool features and technology on today's phones, I have a pretty Incredible decision awaiting me as to which I'll pick up next...

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Oedipus_Rex

Not switching to Sprint then?  Is June 4th too long to wait for?

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TheMurph

Ugh.  Call me a pessimist, but I don't think Sprint's 4G coverage (let alone the price of it) is going to be worth the investment.

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Oedipus_Rex

I'm sorry it's come to this Murphy.  I just have to say it...  You are a pessimist.  I know you can't hear me but I said it.  Out loud.  People are staring now.  Curse you!

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monkeykid753

Very punny!! And good choice! 

My exploding trick: Any iPad/Phone/Mac haters get a lot of silly putty, then clog up the speakers on iPad and iPhone or vents (if they exist) on an iMac and wait for a few minutes... then....

BIG BOOM!!!! 

 

The Creator of that

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Zazubovich

Did you have like a ceremony or something?  I mean, I didn't choose to like bewbies and such, I just did.  I imagine gay people don't have a choice either, besides live their lives openly or hide from the peasant mob with torches and pitchforks.

 

This was actually supposed to go down below in a response to Keith.  I wonder if the Macintosh bulletin boards work better on the internet just because they are for Apple people?  Maybe it's about class-if we invented a linux knockoff and sold a proprietary hardware platform with a lot of bling on it we could be RICH!!!!!1!  Somebody get with my people on that Blingtronic 9k

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TheMurph

I was going to say... for a second, I wasn't exactly sure how liking guys or girls related to OSX.  Or, at least, that's one hell of a metaphor. 

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AntiHero

I agree with David a ton right now when you take into account his concerns displayed against OSX. OSX isn't bad, don't get me wrong at all, for what people want out of it, it's quite decent. People arguing over operating systems is like that time old Special Olympics reference. I put a long article on my website showing the differences between these, and why people argue them, more or less to prove why you should ose either OS more over the competitor(s). There is no solid reason to talk down about either since they all function fairly well depending on usage. Now if you're going to flame this column, you have to realise, he is going for specific usage types which follow his uses for a computer, which are perfectly valid, and all you OSX fans, don't mention that you can run Bootcamp, because that defeats the purpose of having a mac, since you'd be booting into windows to play games, then switching os, which is annoying when it's so unnecessary, and yes, just to play video games that's VERY unnecessary... The lack of customizability is also a concern for people who sometimes like to mix things up, such as myself. I tend to change os a fair bit depending on how I feel. I move the taskbar, change colors, and use add ons for functionality.

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TheMurph

"The lack of customizability is also a concern for people who sometimes like to mix things up, such as myself. I tend to change os a fair bit depending on how I feel. I move the taskbar, change colors, and use add ons for functionality."

Same here.  Though, to note, I will be the first in line to sacrifice customizability if it interferes with performance to a noticeable degree.  I'd rather have a fast computer than a pretty computer -- which, in itself, is a fairly strong argument against Macs/OSX...

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AntiHero

I agree with you entirely there. I have a decent looking OS, but it only runs RocketDock and VistaGlazz along with my backround of the week. My taskbar hides or doesn't, depending on what I'm doing that week, but it never sacrifices performance like it did when I used WindowsBlinds on a lower end windows XP machine a couple of years back.

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fry

Sometimes, you just gotta give in to reality.

My venerable and much-loved Thinkpad died not long ago. After two weeks of searching, reading reviews, looking at specs, looking at release schedules, and putting my grubby mitts all over every laptop I could find, I was forced to come to the conclusion that Apple is the right choice right now.

Yes, I bought a Macbook Pro. Overpriced? You betcha...but also the best hardware available, and capable of running both OS X and Windows 7.

Ironically, I still hate the Apple cult and think Steve Jobs is evil...but Apple laptops just make sense. The same definitely can't be said for their desktop systems. I still love my gaming PC.

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Pokedex1010

A really terible artical that was only made to calm the PC nut-jobs that commented on his last artical (which was actually quite interesting). I'm not a fan of Apple or OSX at all, but come on.  You're starting to sould like the pro-Windows version of fucking Jobs here...

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Cruzg10

Your spelling is fucking with my dyslexia!!

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Pokedex1010

a complete failure when it come down to spelling.

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lunchbox73

Stopped reading at "terible artical."

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Keith E. Whisman

I think I speak for most of the people here when I say go SCREW OFF! LOL... JK.

BTW where oh where is the NoBSPodcast number 141?

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TheMurph

Can't fight with 'em; can't fight against 'em.

The irony being that most of these arguments are the very ones being levied at me for why I should never mention the letters O, S, or X ever again...

On a side note, you must really hate Gordon. 

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Pokedex1010

I was refering especially to the person who commented before who acted like microsoft was god.  Your right that Apple is total horse shit and Jobs should burn in hell, but OSX (again) sort of isn't as terrible as you make it sound. And no, I dont hate Gordon.

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lunchbox73

Stopped reading at "refering, Your, and dont." Ha! Aren't I just a dick? Go back to English class dude.

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Trooper_One

Many friends of mine who are less computer savvy ask me this a lot - and would even tout Apple as being superior since they get less virus.

My response is usually this:

Go for a Mac and OSX if you won't want to spend the time to set it up, just want to run it out of the box, and have a wad of cash to spend.

Go for PC with Windows (or Linux) if you want to customize both hardware and software till your fingers are tired, and would enjoy swapping hardware over the years.  Finally, if you want to learn about computing in general, there's no better way than with a PC and Windows (or Linus).

 

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Selio

You say macs don't have gaming the DAY that Steam for Mac is being released? sure it's starting with two games, but as long as people buy it there wil be more, and they will be made to make better use of thegraphics cards. Mac pro's could fit at least two 5970s if they made a mac edition

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Caboose

 Sure, you can fit 2 5970's in your Mac Pro... but what are you going to do with them? You'd have to get 2 mac edition cards, and even then, only 1 of them is actually useable..

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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TheMurph

That's pretty funny, actually.  Sigh.  Well, Macs will have Steam now -- I wish I had known about that all of 12+ hours ago when I wrote/posted the column.

Still, how long did it take them to get this?  How long as Steam been out on the PC side?  'nuff said. 

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IFLATLINEI

Steam for Mac doesnt matter one bit. You still cant upgrade your hardware and Macs wont play anything worth playing.

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TheMurph

Well, one could argue about the "anything worth playing" line, but yes... there's a good reason why next-generation games don't float over the Mac very quickly.  Very chicken-and-egg, it is.

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JanSolo

The biggest issue is the fact you are forced to buy all your Mac hardware from one vendor.  The choices are limited, the prices are outrageous and the margins that Apple charges are absolutely outrageous.

I'm a former Mac zealot, Apple employee and now a stalwart Windows user and I just bought one of these shirts to show off to my ex-coworkers.

www.yourmacsucks.com

 

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TheMurph

"The biggest issue is the fact you are forced to buy all your Mac hardware from one vendor.  The choices are limited, the prices are outrageous and the margins that Apple charges are absolutely outrageous."

Though, fwiw, I've read that the actual breakdown of components inside the systems isn't that too far off, price-wise, from their Windows-based counterpart systems.

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PawBear

I wanted one!

ROFL.  Even my wife thinks this is funny, and she could care less about it all.  She'll run the OS

that works and think it great.

This is from the article you mention:

 "...visit every link and download every file...you're going to get nailed.  Period.  Platform's are passe.  Apps are where it's at."

 

*** "Either we conform the Truth to our desires or we conform our desires to the Truth." ***

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Tebastian

This article is incredibly weak. I hold no candle for either operating system
having spent 10 years developing software for windows/.net etc. Both approaches have their ups and downs and you do your readers a disservice by the lack of a proper appraisal. Apple has done a lot of things right (and missed the boat on others). The same applies to microsoft. So here goes with what apple has done right:

Build quality
The reason you pay for a mac is because it is a top of line machine. I have yet to see a laptop that even approaches the quality of construction of a unibody macbook (no seams because its cut from a solid block of aluminium by laser!). The quality of the IPS LCD is streets ahead of what you see in wintops ... Go and price those specs in a wintop .. if you can find one (I think hp has one but the screen res is much lower and its quite a bit heavier). The multi touch glass trackpad is the best input device ever invented for a laptop bar none. Want to record the meeting you are in, the in built mic is top quality (way better than any wintop I have owned) My original macbook still looks like new despite probably having been around the world several times and through more airports than I wish to remember. My (top of the line) wintops tended to look horribly bedraggled very quickly.

Mac OS X
Windows 7 is nice but going back to it after snow leopard really makes you appreciate how good the design of Mac OS is, the subtle integration of spotlight everywhere, the unity of the design elements. Apple's supreme ability is to simply complex elements. Automator is a superb example of this. It astonished me the first time I saw the workflows that people without programming experience, but who knew what they wanted to do, had assembled. Like a lot of the Mac, its a product of seriously good design done at the same time as the software engineering rather than afterward.

Geekery
I am a certified paid up geek ... turn on your brand new out of the box mac ... xcode, python, ruby ...its there straight up. Don't get me started on the beauty of Fscript ... dynamically inspect and inject my own code into running Cocoa applications! I thought I would miss .net but cocoa really is a thing of beauty. It only the ignorant who prattle on about Mac OS being a closed system. It is certainly no more closed than Windows and in a lot of ways far more open (having Unix at its core).

Software
If your whole life is dependent on searching for free applications, you need to get a life. I like open source as much as anyone else but have been in business long enough to know that there is no such thing as one model. If an application does what I need its valuable enough to pay for (and having been there I know the guys who put in the work will appreciate the payment!) There is plenty of software which simply has no peer on windows. If I owned a mac for no other reason it would be for the shear brilliance of DevonThink. It eats onenote for breakfast (and I really happen to like onenote). For the windows stuff I need to run (visual studio etc.) vmware fusion is excellent. Part of what I like is that I get the best of both worlds.

Security
Windows 7 has got a lot better and has at most just caught up with the unix security model. Personally never had a problem with either.

Games
Get a windows machine. Personally the only time I play games is the Wii with the kids. A real job, commitments and family means that I don't have time to be antisocial. If a need to relax and be creative I will pick my guitar, maybe fire up Garageband, and my daughter will sing along with me (oh sorry you don't get that for free on windows ->see its a stupid game of comparisons to play).

Cons
Your windows software from 1995 will almost certainly still run under Win 7. That is a really amazing engineering achievement. Apple really couldn't care for the most part care and most major releases of the OS will break something. The philosophies are different. It has meant that Apple has managed to discard a lot of garbage and bad design decisions of the years which Microsoft has been stuck with.

Good luck

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highsidednb

Your post, while trying to appear even handed, is full of off-hand remarks that make you out to be an intelligent man of great foresight, intuition, and grace.

 

Thanks for registering for the first time to step in and bestow upon all of us ignoramuses the fruits of your wisdom.  I'm also grateful for all the value judgements you make about people who play PC games and hunt down free apps.  I never realized how wrong I was nor how foolish I was with the choices I've made in my life.  

 

After I finish this post I'm going to sell and/or recycle my PCs, stop using free apps, buy a Mac, and take up the guitar.

 

Thank You Tebastin.  Thank You. I doubt we'll ever meet again but if we ever do, you have my undying grattitude.

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BlazePC

Nice Exposé. (pun intended).  You made some very good and well-balanced points.  Not to diminish all the good stuff you wrote but in the final analysis this statement, "The philosophies are different.", pretty much sums it up.  Microsoft carries a lot of baggage forward, which has its benefits, Apple evolves in such a way that leaves many things behind - but more importantly - evolves many things in succinct fashion, in unison across hardware and software platforms.  Apple's focused vision results in the lack of  relative "scope creep" whereas in the PC world, with so many options for hardware and software combos, scope creep is unavoidable and therefore promotes constant compatibility concerns.  Options are good though if you like to try, change, upgrade or tweak things.

In any event, I enjoyed your comments in jux·ta·po·si·tion to the original story.  That doesn't happen very often...

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TheMurph

"If your whole life is dependent on searching for free applications, you need to get a life."

Nuts.  :\ 

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Caboose

 Aww don't pay him any attention Murph! We still love you!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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roninnder

Your security argument is horrible. First of all, it's predicated on the assumption that I am either a) stupid or b) a person that cares what happens to stupid people who use their computers. Since I consider myself to be neither, why would I not want an OS that "fewer [people] write attacks [against]?"

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Ntldr

Just because fewer write viruses for macs than Windows means nothing.  He pointed out if you would have read it all and not just part is that it boils down to a percentage.  If you have 100 people in the windows group and 10 people in the mac group 5 people in each group writing viruses for their respective groups you would have Windows with 5% and Mac with 50%.  Just because there are fewer people writing them doesn't make it less vulnerable or more safe.  That is why statistics are percentages and not just a group of people numbered off. 

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roninnder

Once again, I don't care about percentages.  In my original post I thought I was clear that I don't care about other users, only myself.  I am not a sample group, nor am I 5 or 10 people.  You're using the test group as the weak point in your argument.  I am one person, more specifically one knowlegeable computer user that doesn't care about other users.  The only thing that matters to me is how many exploits are written to attack my system, not how many other users who happen to have the same OS are stupid and get themselves into trouble by clicking on a bad link.

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highsidednb

Good article.  Funny. Snarky.  Attitude. 

 I never said Murph wasn't a bad writer.  In fact he's great.   

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TheMurph

Thank you.  :D

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BlazePC

No number in my name but I'm hardcore too.  : )   EVGA X58 760 stuffed with awesomeness.  Windows 7 is a huge step up from Vista and I'm impressed, although I tend to agree, Vista wasn't a total douchbag and service packs (translated: learning by the vista team) healed any minor wounds I personally encountered.  I love my desktop gaming beast. Frickin fast and does everything I throw at it without breaking a sweat.

 But here's the problem.  Find a good portable solution that runs for fricking hours, has a great hi-rez screen and just works without the patching, updating and tweaking the usual PC requires.  I tried several laptops, from Sony, Lenovo, Dell and HP and I have to say - the MacBook Pro 15" I just scored is a dream come true.  For personal or business travel is just DOES, with no fuss.  Sure it was a tad bit pricey, but once you get a portable PC to smooth sail like a mac, the dollars spent approach what the "man in black" is offering up anyhow.  I like 'it just works and it works well' when it comes to something portable.  So rail me all you want, but I'm comfortable running high octance hardware and games on the PC monster and also having a no nonsense travel mac that just works.  Email, web, document handling and light duty travel oriented games is all I need and I truly couldn't find a PC based laptop that would do that all with simplicity and do it well, for nearly twice the run-time, and do it well looking good and feeling well engineered, in any of the windows based laptops I tried...and I tried a bunch.

 Real men do both, Mac and PC!  LOL

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imagonex

The Murph has pretty eyes. He must get all the hot chicks.

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Magaliiiii

Probably more dudes than chicks

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TheMurph

Very true.  I'm dating a super-hot guy right now.

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Magaliiiii

Yeah his name is RENT. And he has AIDS.

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Keith E. Whisman

Your entitled to your opinion but I really don't see anything wrong with someone being a homosexual. It's a chosen way of life and a hard one at that. Just like I choose to only like women so to do gays choose to like those of their same sex. A man being gay doesn't make him any less of a man. I still love and respect people weather they be Gay, Lesbian or straight. I think this way and I'm a Republican so all you libs that think republicans hate everyone that is different are just plain wrong.

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Magaliiiii

It was a joke because all his coworkers thought he was gay seeing as he was in the show RENT, which as you may recall Team America joked about as being a show about AIDS

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Keith E. Whisman

No no it's ok Murph I've got some good friends that are gay. And Team America World Police was awesome. 

My favorite part was when the chief made the actor perform oral on him to prove his loyalty... LOL.. 

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TheMurph

fwiw she's making a joke based off a recent show I was in.  A horrible, not-that-funny joke, mind you, but I just wanted to throw in some context for that one.

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Cruzg10

America! Fuck yeah!!

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