[NetBehaviour] Microsoft's grinning robots or the Brotherhood of the Mac. Which is worse?

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Tue Sep 29 00:03:20 CEST 2009

Oh bloody hell! :-) I have a friend who has a year and a half old Mac, her 
hard drive crashed, it's costing $1200 to get the data off, out of 
warranty and the tech place was awful to her. Mac is as much or more of a 
monopoly than windows; it's a great operating system, but as far as I'm 
concerned they're at least as evil as MS - I mean you really have to buy 
their equipment to get their OS. I know there are workarounds, but at 
least with PCs you can run anything on anything and get it cheap. Every 
one of these fucking companies squeezes the most they can out of 

As far as win goes, Vista sucks. XP has been great for me - I run 
everything from hell to back on it, and cygwin speeds up a lot of tasks 
for that matter. And at least I know how to get to the innerds should I 
have to.

I have 2 vista machines I got working ok and fast but had to configure 
the hell out of them. Actually looking forward to win 7, just following 
the talk now.

Tried to get Android running off disk iso on XP & Vista, froze on splash 
screen. Not giving up yet.

Boot my HP laptop XP into unbuntu off flash drive, that's cool and a full 
OS for that matter.

Only one real solution - swallow the wires! Once they're tangled deep 
enough, we're our own OS and can go back to things like the "telephone" 
instead of IMS

- Alan - great piece of writing below!

On Mon, 28 Sep 2009, james morris wrote:

> "I know Windows is awful. Everyone knows Windows is awful. Windows is
> like the faint smell of piss in a subway: it's there, and there's
> nothing you can do about it. OK, OK: I know other operating systems are
> available. But their advocates seem even creepier, snootier and more
> insistent than Mac owners. The harder they try to convince me, the more
> I'm repelled. To them, I'm a sheep. And they're right. I'm a
> helpless, stupid, lazy sheep. I'm also a masochist. And that's why I
> continue to use Windows – horrible Windows – even though I hate every
> second of it. It's grim, it's slow, everything's badly designed and
> nothing really works properly: using Windows is like living in a
> communist bloc nation circa 1981. And I wouldn't change it for the
> world, because I'm an abject bloody idiot and I hate myself, and this
> is what I deserve: to be sentenced to Windows for life."
> more:
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/28/charlie-brooker-microsoft-mac-windows
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