John C. Dvorak explains why he doesn’t like Macs:
I, personally, do not like the Mac — snappy response aside — [because] of
the way it feels when saving files. I know this is silly, but I’ve
never felt comfortable with it. It was mushy in some weird way
that always gave me the creeps. I always felt that if something
weird happened on a Mac I would never be able to recover a file.
I’ve never felt that way with a PC. I figured that with a PC, I
could take the hard disk out and easily put it into another
machine and then go exploring the drive without worry.
Is it just me, or is this crazy talk?
This is a minor thing to people who would be fearful of removing a
hard disk, and that, to me, would be a typical art director at an ad
agency who used a Mac. He’s buying the machine because it looks good
and he/she likes the way it feels.
So Mac-using art directors are the ones who make their computer decisions based on irrational feelings — but Dvorak, the technical genius who isn’t fearful of removing a hard disk, he makes his platform decision based on how “mushy in some weird way” it feels when files are written to disk.
★ Friday, 26 January 2007