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9/26/2005
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Mitch Wagner
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Regretting The Switch From Windows To Mac

Why I Might Switch Back Russell Beattie clearly woke up Thursday morning and said to himself, "You know, I don't think I get enough hate mail." That's when he posted a blog entry describing why, after seven months of using the Mac, he's thinking of switching back to Windows.

Why I Might Switch Back

Russell Beattie clearly woke up Thursday morning and said to himself, "You know, I don't think I get enough hate mail." That's when he posted a blog entry describing why, after seven months of using the Mac, he's thinking of switching back to Windows.

The hardware is nice, but OS X can be as slow, buggy, nonstandard, frustrating, and annoying as any other operating system. Also, I don't really use most of the included apps, so most of what makes OS X so special doesn't really apply to me.

Let me be more specific about what I see as non-plusses, I'll just list them out in no special order, but conveniently numbered so the zealots can refer to each number directly while defending their beloved Macs:

1. Anyone who says that Macs are more stable than Windows is smoking dope. I have two brand-new Macs and they regularly go wacky and need reboots.

After listing 32 more criticisms of the Mac, he continues:

I think Apple has sacrificed their vaunted simplicity, usability, and consistency in the face of sloppy Windows competition. They've settled for "good enough," I think, and if that's the case, then I might as well stick with the more popular OS, which ends up being the easier OS to deal with because of its popularity.

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