Why I Still Use Windows Despite the Peer Pressure


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There are over a dozen people working at our fair Gizmodo, but as a Windows user, I’m in a definite minority. I still rock XP, and I’m pretty happy with that. Why haven’t I switched to Macs? Plenty of reasons, not least of which being that I’m just too smart to switch to a Mac. That’s right, I’m too smart for Macs. As Bill Gates’s retirement rapidly approaches I figured now is a good time to lay out why I’m loyal to his OS.

I grew up with Windows. Although my first computer was a Mac Classic (I was like 3 at the time, and I only used it to play that helicopter game where you have to drop the little man into the horse-drawn hay carriage), I’ve been using Windows PCs for nearly my entire life, learning how to fiddle with the command prompt in DOS and dealing with the rudimentary pile of crap that was Windows 3.1. I survived Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME for a short, painful time, Windows 2000 and now, finally, Windows XP. It hasn’t always been pretty (see: Windows ME), but through it all I’ve figured out every little trick there is to know about running Windows. I’m a monster on Windows.

And yeah, while some of those earlier versions were essentially garbage, running Mac as your OS wasn’t all that great a choice either, especially before OS X came out. Yes, fanboys, I know you love your Macs and everything, but come on: The OS never really came into its own as a real competitor to Windows until 2001. By then, it was too late for me.

And while I used to be pretty into PC gaming, the whole no-good-games-on-Macs thing doesn’t bother me so much anymore. It’s just that to me, when it comes down to it, the PC just feels more logical. Windows is an OS that feels structured and it makes sense just because I’m used to them. Macs feel more nebulous and more dumbed down, like the corners have been softened to not intimidate your mom when she uses your computer. Well, I like having the corners exposed. I like tinkering in the registry to improve performance, I like being able to really tweak the system at the base level. Windows has its engine exposed, and while it might not always be pretty, if you know what you’re doing you really have access to the whole thing. And hardware choices are choices I cherish as are access to plenty of apps. Apple takes pride in hiding everything under the rug and keeping it out of your hands to not let you mess it up. I don’t need kid gloves.

Furthermore, beyond the OS itself, I hate the cult of personality that surrounds Steve Jobs. I like the soon-to-be-retired Bill Gates way more than Steve Jobs, because the guy cares about more than just making enough money to build a castle for himself out of stacks of $100 bills (not that Bill can’t do that). Bill Gates is going to be remembered for seriously impacting the global health climate for the better. After all, the Nobel Prize is named after the dude who invented TNT, but his name is invoked a lot more often for encouraging advancements in science, literature and peace. And chances are, if the Gates Foundation keeps chugging along, Gates may even win a Nobel. Steve Jobs, on the other hand, just makes pretty plastic objects, and when it comes down to it, he seems like kind of a greedy dick. I’m more than happy to not give him any more money.

And you know what? Macs are too hip. Oh, look at me! I do graphic design! I wear women’s jeans and hang out in coffee shops! I’m a DJ! Well good for you. My computer is not a fashion statement. It’s a computer.

But really, when it comes down to it, the main reason I still use Windows is this: I’m stubborn and lazy. I don’t want to switch because it will amount to admitting that I’ve been wrong for the last 15 years or so. And it would be just a huge pain to do it even if I swallowed my pride, having to relearn all the shortcuts and commands and little nuances that make an OS tick. I know all those for Windows already. I am just far too lazy to relearn OS X, and I don’t care how easy you claim it is. I’ve made my choice, and I’m sticking by it. At least until I buy my next computer, because I sure as hell don’t want to have to use Vista. I mean, I like Windows, but I’m not crazy.

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Source: http://gizmodo.com/5018985/why-i-still-use-windows-despite-the-peer-pressure

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Very good article. I certainly enjoyed reading this one. :)

This is not a thread intended to bash any particular OS. Make sure it doesn’t becomes one. :confused:


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this article is more focused on the diffrences between Mac and Windows it has very little comparision with linux

its funny coz i m kinda the same in that i started out usin computers with linux

and i have stuck with it no matter what ppl tell me about windows

even though on occasion i do learn stuff abt windows but i dont use it as my primary OS


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Asad did you even read this article? How is it 'very good'?

His reason for not switching is 'I'm stubborn and lazy'. Then he goes off on a tangent about Bill Gates's philanthropic efforts! What does that have to do with the OS his company makes?!

And I'm not a big fan of Mac's but he says Apple has 'dumbed down the corners'?! Mac OS is based on Darwin, and with the terminal you have a lot of power. I know, cause I'm developing on Mac's these days.

Then he disses Mac's and says they 'are too hip'. What kind of a moronic statement is that.

Finally, he tops off by dissing Vista.

The person who wrote this article is down right confused. His reasons for sticking to Windows are pretty stupid. If everyone was to stick with what they're used to and not bother to learn anything new, the world will essentially stop progressing and there would be no room for new products and competitors.

And I'm not bashing any OS either. I'm bashing this article!


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sory its too long i wont read it even if i want 2..... my text-to-speech is broke so there is no real way 2.....

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i m lazy as sh!t LOL
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Asad did you even read this article? How is it ‘very good’?
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Did you read till the last paragraph?

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His reason for not switching is ‘I’m stubborn and lazy’.
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That is not only his reason. That is a reason for a lot many people… at least, as far as Pakistan is concerned. People are set in their ways and have already invested a lot of time into learning to use Windows and lack the motivation and the time required to learn something different to the same level.

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Then he goes off on a tangent about Bill Gates’s philanthropic efforts! What does that have to do with the OS his company makes?!
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That tangent was his own opinion and just a small part of the article.

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And I’m not a big fan of Mac’s but he says Apple has ‘dumbed down the corners’?! Mac OS is based on Darwin, and with the terminal you have a lot of power. I know, cause I’m developing on Mac’s these days.
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You are essentially making the same point he is. Unless a person is adept at the tools and techniques of a particular OS, those tools and techniques are useless to that user.

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Then he disses Mac’s and says they ‘are too hip’. What kind of a moronic statement is that.
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Fan boy culture.

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Finally, he tops off by dissing Vista.
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Which just tells that he is not a blind follower of Microsoft. He realizes that Microsoft has made blunders too.

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The person who wrote this article is down right confused. His reasons for sticking to Windows are pretty stupid.
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IMO,he makes valid points, as I explained above. The reasons are not stupid. They are very realistic and factual for most people I have seen who refuse to budge from Windows.

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If everyone was to stick with what they’re used to and not bother to learn anything new, the world will essentially stop progressing and there would be no room for new products and competitors.
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The world hasn’t stopped progressing yet, has it? In general, people do not like change. Only a relatively small portion of any population welcome a change.

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And I’m not bashing any OS either. I’m bashing this article!
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Why? Because he doesn’t even mentions Linux? :confused:


#6

popcorns. coldrink. carry on :D


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It was interesting...because it shows that its not only the features of a particular product that make people choose it, but also the image they have of the company that produced the product...

In this case he obviously finds Bill Gates a more admirable, down to earth person, thanks to his philanthropic efforts...

Vice-versa in many anti-MS fan boy cases you find them painting Bill Gates as some evil, sadistic man, trying to take over the world, as a reason for avoiding MS's software...


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Vice-versa in many anti-MS fan boy cases you find them painting Bill Gates as some evil, sadistic man, trying to take over the world, as a reason for avoiding MS’s software…
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me bein one of them =D


#9

that guy should try vista, his commment on Macs are pretty realistic, but vista aint that bad... thats the only part i didn't like abt that article


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I hate it when others (fanboys) recommend me to use a product/tool over and over again because it's "FTW". As in the real world, while we should certainly analyze the other tools/products available to us, there's nothing wrong with sticking with the one you are already using if the utility offered by the product is almost similar, same or the difference is little. Now that certainly is the case with the operating systems today - they basically perform the same function for the casual computer users. (Not everybody is a gamer either)

Deviating a little, the same applies to web development. Many programmers are ditching their favorite programming languages like Perl, PHP, C#/ASP (.NET), and moving to Ruby (mostly Ruby on rails framework though). And most of them use it because it creates a good first impression, it's in fashion, and the community believes it's "FTW". If they use their brains, there's no real reason to use it because others say it's the best. They should certainly give it a try, but use their logic to make a decision whether to move away from their previous favorite tool or whether to stick to it. If they believe both of them are useful, they should use both!

In a similar manner, you can use both Windows and Mac OS or Linux for different jobs.

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If everyone was to stick with what they're used to and not bother to learn anything new, the world will essentially stop progressing and there would be no room for new products and competitors.
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You are right. People should definitely try out new products or they may miss out on extra utility they'd get from using a better product.

Many people give new products a try from time to time given there has been enough awareness and the marketing is convincing. From hereon, it's the job of the product to leave a good first impression on the trial and at least offer the features that the previous product offered, in a more elegantly. Otherwise, price factor will be the main deciding factor which, in popular software, is often negligible due to piracy.


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The day Apple sells a 400 US$ computer, I'll buy it.


#12

The reason that people in pakistan are inclined towards windows is its easy availability in our pirated software market and its installable on all local unbranded computers.

Mac OSX can only be installed on macs. There is hackintosh but people will usually not go towards the pain of following that procedure to install mac on unbranded computers.

I have been using windows for last 18 years. Last year i started using mac for office. I must say i am impressed with its stability and performance. In fact i bought my own mac. The only unstable softwares on mac are Microsoft messenger, excel, word, powerpoint etc.

Mac is built on unix kernal. Mac supports almost all terminal commands of linux. All the popular games are built for both mac and windows. Its just that since local industry don't use it thats why they are not available.

Using both mac and windows, i now prefer a mac.


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@ joker

dude if u wana change outta windows try linux...... me tryin it write now..... and i have 2 say i find it ennoyin that the things and ways i know abt windows and even things that i took for granted in windows i get stuck doing it lin linux........


#14

sk90y, I'll check linux after DSL comes here. I may install hackint0sh on my laptop :D. I've done that successfully before but removed it since it does not support dial-up modems that we use with PCs.


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sk90y, I’ll check linux after DSL comes here. I may install hackint0sh on my laptop :D. I’ve done that successfully before but removed it since it does not support dial-up modems that we use with PCs.
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hey joker if u want linux u can order it for free from shipit.ubuntu.com

usually they ship the cds within a month


#16

^ Downloading isn't the prob :D


#17

dont go 4 ubuntu hardy it has sum bug..... go for the older one.....


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dont go 4 ubuntu hardy it has sum bug… go for the older one…
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What bug are you talking about? Works fine for me.


#19

dude it has sum kinda problem with nvidia cards the resolution wont go up...... this problem is not just for me but there r many threads on ubutu forum too.... and if u google it ull find them in other forums too......


#20

I have nvidia chip in my lapptop and hardy goes upto full 1280 by 800