Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: June 25 2007,22:44
Style is great until you realize how Apple's quirky choices locked users in to Apple-only or Apple-approved hardware. And I don't mean their EULA, which is still far more restrictive than Microsoft's will ever be (Apple only lets you install their operating systems on their own hardware, etc.). Instead of using PCI buses like everyone else, they stupidly chose NuBus (my PPC is a NuBus Mac, it also has the funky AudioVision video connector that forbids me from using a VGA monitor without buying a cable from Apple, etc.). Apple is to be commended for physical and UI style, for their attention to things like ergonomics, for studying how people relate to data and molding their software so it's more intuitive (though I have an article from a 1991 PC magazine comparing intuitive experiences between Mac, OS/2, and Windows -- OS/2 won and Mac came in third). As a hardware vendor, though, Apple *bleeping* sucks.
As for as office work, I think it's debatable. I can't argue that WYSIWYG desktop publishing was infinitely easier on Macs than on PCs with WordPerfect for DOS. WPWin and AmiPro (and Page Maker for Windows), though, brought WYSIWYG to the PC. I think I lost some amount of productivity when I stopped relying entirely on my WP (DOS) keystrokes and started paying more attention to what was actually on the monitor.
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