Efforts to avail myself of Microsoft’s offer of a free update for Windows 7 and 8 users to their new OS has so far produced one failed upgrade, one early abort to avoid bricking (discovered that Windows 10/1511 kills that brand), and one deliberately not done because Windows 10 was likely to break some of the mission-critical software.
Just two computers of the eligible five in my household have been updated successfully, despite all of them flashing up Microsoft’s nagware telling me they’ll all work OK and would I please pleeeeeze update.
Which kind of sucks. And no, I shouldn’t switch to Apple. Windows does exactly what I want at less cost than a Mac, it’s way faster on the same hardware, more secure, has way more software available for the things I do, and it’s more efficient for my user style than OS X. I don’t care about brand status: what I care about is the right tool for the job, at the right price. The end.
I worked professionally with Macs for years. On my experience Mac’s OS in its many flavours (I began with System 5 and ended with OS X Snow Leopard) was just as clunky and fault-prone as any. Did you know, for instance, that OS X has to swap byte-end values on the fly? Apple’s proprietary HFS+ system works in the opposite way to Intel’s instruction set, so when they switched to Intel hardware they had to build a kludge. The last Mac I used had permanent mouse-stutter problems that Apple couldn’t fix and which rendered it virtually unusable. And have any of you had the Mac White Screen of Death bricking problem? I have.
As for Linux in its various flavours – well, yes, it’s free and very appealing…if you don’t value your time. Ditto other alternatives, from my perspective. Other people may have a different opinion based on their own criteria, which is totally legitimate, but for me what counts is my time-results curve.
Because I’m concerned with output – not brand evangelisation – the acronym for all of them, as far as I am concerned, is JAFOS – of which the first two words are ‘just another’ and the last two ‘operating system’. There is a middle word that I leave to your imaginations (it’s funnier that way). And the acronym applies to all operating systems. All? All.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2016