September 11, 2007

Apple ‘n’ Windows

Filed under: mac, Microsoft, os x — neildw @ 9:20 am

Why are they so different?  Both are based on lots of user input.  Both cater for the home user and expert user.

Or maybe…

…they’re not so different.  Maybe users of the respective systems just broaden the gap with conjecture…because it’s fun? Which it can be.

Will there be a time when they are exactly the same?  Or.  Will the (guided(?) and subjective) interpretation of user needs continue to keep them at least a little different.

Maybe (to a degree) it’s just a style thing.  Fashion OS.  Brand yourself with an OS.  Align to a brand to express yourself and then just kind of get stuck.

I used a Mac for 5/6 years from around 1993.  I’ve used a PC since.  If I try and use a Mac now it all goes terribly wrong.  If I watch an Apple user try and use a PC – similar results.  People that use both as a matter of course (Mac at home, PC at work) are obviously very clever.

My first TV was a Daewoo.  I now have a sony.  I can still use a Daewoo TV.  I used a mate’s Samsung with great results last week.



  1. Hey Neil, great post. Who’d have thought it was your first? Nice work son. x

    Comment by neildw — September 11, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  2. The brand layer apart – can anything that does similar things be very different from another a couple of product cycles later? I doubt it – it’s the law of rip-off.
    The only thing that comes to my mind right now that does evolve into more differences over time are living things (if we hold Darwins theory to be true). To be more concrete, a divided population develops different behaviour and gene pools and in the end may evolve into a different species even.
    Is apple a seperated species evolving in a vacuum?


    Comment by Bersi — September 12, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

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