Apple vs. Microsoft

Most of you who read Notes from the Trail know that I saw the light back in ’88 and went Macintosh. Of course, for me, it was not a switch. In many ways, it was my first time in front of a computer. I took Typing in high school, not Microcomputing, or whatever. My generation was on the beginning of the wave. I was in the right place at the right time but had no idea. Story of my life. A good friend from high school had a brother a year older than us, and he got involved in a little computer startup company and is today retired from that same company… Dell.

Anyway, I thought those of you who pay attention to this sort of thing would be interested in this very well-written article by John Gruber at Daring Fireball. He contrasts Microsoft and Apple over the past two decades and arrives at some interesting conclusions. Tell me if you agree with him.

Q: How many Windows users does it take to change a lightbulb?
A: One, but he’ll swear up and down that it was JUST as easy for him as it would be for a Macintosh user.

And have you seen this commercial yet?

On this day...


  1. Angela W. says:
    Okay, not really a computer geek but I have loved playing with html lately! Does that count? I am really trying to figure things out so that I can make a awesome blog page! I want to go above and beyond their templates. Can you tell me how to get my comments to post on the side like yours? I think it is a typepad thing, but I know there should be a way to convert it over to blogger manually!
  2. Jeff says:
    Mark… would love to read that! Send me the pdf! And Kristy… the whole “so darn cool” thing has got me drooling on the new Macbooks. A black one is in my destiny. I must create need. Must have one. So… shiny…. Ooooo.
  3. Mark W says:
    Great article! I was bred on IBM clones and MSDOS commands during the 80s, so there is almost no chance of me taking the leap into Mac land any time soon. However, given your interest in Gruber?s article, I highly recommend reading Neal Stephenson?s essay (I have a copy in .pdf if you?re interested) titled ?In the Beginning was the Command Line.? It is half history of computer operating systems (including the Microsoft vs. Apple thing) and half insightful critique of contemporary culture. I found it utterly amazing: profound, witty, and easy to understand even for the non-hacker. I?ve haven?t looked at PCs or Macs in quite the same way since.
  4. Kristy says:
    okay, love the commercial. love my Mac. but only cause it looks so darn cool and i’m addicted to iPhoto with the scrapbooking addiction. want a bigger, better, faster, even groovier looking one someday. other than that, i’m not the computer geek ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the lighthearted easy read post that didn’t tax my worn out brain!

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