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From Microsoft to Apple, and Back Again (akitaonrails.com)
32 points by allenleein 11 months ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 21 comments

The state of the Mac is just sad right now.

Laptops - the Air is overpriced with horrible specs - a 1400x900 screen is something you expect to see on a bargain basement Dell being sold on Black Friday, the MacBook only has one port, and you're in dongle hell buying the MacBook Pros

-Mac Mini - hasn't been updated since 2014 and it was a down grade in a lot of ways.

-Mac Pro - hasn't been updated since 2013 and won't be until 2019 according to Apple.

That leaves just the iMac. It's the only line that is actually good from the low end to the high end iMac Pro. But I can understand why that isn't for some people.

I recently gave it that second chance the author suggests; Windows still sucks real bad. Even Win10 is still a nightmare of disabling a boatload of shit nobody ever wants.

The “no OS X team at Apple” rumor is false.

OS X does suck more these days than it did, but I don’t think things will stay that way in the future.

What exactly do you find so bad about Windows 10? I am on Linux pretty much full time, but when I have looked at Windows 10 it seemed OK.

For me, there's a lot of minor annoyances that add up. Some have been fixed (start menu), and others have only gotten worse (searching for a file is totally broken. I can be looking at a file in explorer.exe, type its name into the search bar, and be told that no files were found).

There's also a lot of antiprivacy things that bother me (Cortana, push to sign in to a Microsoft account, weird spammy notifications, etc)

Search has been an incredibly finnicky experience. I had to use PowerShell commands to correctly search the contents of files in a folder, checking the options in Explorer did nothing to accomplish this. "No results found", yet I run the script and oh look 25 project files contain this string.

The Start Menu has constantly been slow for me, and often times I can't search and/or click anything. This is incredibly frustrating.

Having to disable so many features out of the box is annoying, and the amount of effort to disable telemetry without some helping script is absurd. I'm not sure I even got everything the first time since it seemed like more registry values needing modification were being discovered continuously.

Any large update takes a substantial chunk of time and multiple reboots. I sat in front of my computer as it updated for at least two hours with 4 reboots. I didn't even get to use it. This was last week. On top of that it restarted while I was grabbing a snack. I didn't get to use it again before bed. This is hardly acceptable when I may actually NEED to use it.

Still have gotten blue screens of :) death on multiple computers, work and personal. They're happy now at least, but doesn't change the fact I lost some work.

Inconsistency between Windows programs is also frustrating. There's at least 3 different design styles, maybe more, than go into the default Windows programs. Difference in font, spacing, window design, icon design, alerts, etc. that really show fragmentation even still after 8, 8.1, and still on 10 trying to modernize their OS.

These are a few things that I've still found wrong with Windows 10. Just about all of these in the last week, I'm not trying to look much farther back.

So, another ad-financed blog post, right?

Also the following is ridiculous: "It's also obvious why it makes no sense to ask "Why don't you ditch Windows and install Linux on it?". Because no Linux distro has Pen support, whatsoever. The performance base also has a physical key that you need to press in order for the hinge to release the display."

Wacom has been developing Kernel modules FOR YEARS. I've personally been using a Samsung XE700T1C for 4 years with full pen support without any problem.

I've even been surprised to see Ubuntu 17.10 supporting automated screen rotation, on-screen keyboard pop-up out of the box.

Can you elaborate on what "full pen support" means in this case?

Does it support pressure/angle in drawing applications (eg. gimp)? Is there support for handwriting recognition as a text input method? Is there a good note taking app for Linux (like One Note or Nebo)?

There is no pen support on linux for Surface pens. Wacom, yes. Surface pens, no.

> Rumor says that Apple doesn't even have a dedicated team for the desktop OS anymore.

Yep. The MacOS team was disbanded in 2016. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-20/how-apple...

This is so disappointing to hear what I've suspected for a while.

I'm a huge fan of OS X but was recently forced to move my creative work to Windows for GPU power and affordable CPU power, and honestly I've found it good enough to work with but I still do miss having Terminal and Finder.

As much as I used to love Apple hardware I could honestly just do without it these days with their laptops getting worse and their pro line being a choice between M.I.A and a disposable workstation. The only thing I'll miss is OS X.

Possibly in imitation, there actually is no more Windows "team" at Microsoft either: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/03/windows-leader-terry...

So we're in for a rocky few years in commercial operating systems.

Windows software division has been turned into a services group. Windows is going from Software for sale to software as a service.

You are creating a case to justify your overpriced windows laptop.

Linux <3

I love Linux, have worked for the two largest Linux companeis for a few years of my life, and happily purchased laptops with entirely OSS drivers for Linux support.

And still spent a bunch of time fucking around with my laptop to make stuff work instead of getting things done.

Since all I want is a terminal and a web browser, Windows works fine, with the added benefit of occasionally being able to fire up some good quality desktop software like Tower 2 or Excel.

I am not sure if I understand, but if you only need a terminal and browsing, what's the problem with Linux?

I switched recently from Win7 to Linux Mint and it has been a smooth experience (granted, Libreoffice is sufficient for my use-cases). Even my relatives have little complaints and mostly stuff just works (which I can't say from my prior Win7 experience).

> I am not sure if I understand, but if you only need a terminal and browsing, what's the problem with Linux?

In the case of my last Linux laptop it was compositing not working when using an external monitor on the low end Intel graphics card I'd picked because it had OSS drivers and was regarded as having excellent Linux support.

> some good quality desktop software like [...] Excel.


If Apple has not team working on macOS, then who developed stuff like APFS (Apple File System) or Metal2 that were introduced in High Sierra?...

Those were introduced in iOS first. And the kernel is shared.

I stand corrected. At least, it proves that merging the macOS and iOS is not totally pointless ;-)

I'm the rare creative professional who never really made the move to Mac. Windows in general has always done everything I need at a better price (Ultrabooks aside). The benefits to getting a MacBook seem very superficial and easily fixed in Windows - definitely not enough to lock myself down to their ecosystem.

> There is nothing like Garageband if you're a hobbyist musician.

Also, a point of correction. If you are looking for Garageband on Windows, Mixcraft is an excellent option.

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