Why Macintoshes are EVIL
Though more accuarately, this is about MacOS...
No memory protection. A program can write to any part of memory, including
parts it dosn't own. A program can splatter a mac as easily as a dos
program can splatter a PC. This is a requirement for multi-tasking.
The processor is always in supervisor mode - this is a bit like the
above reason, the OS can not protect itself, or other programs, from
programs which are broken or malicious.
The memory allocation is badly broken, programs must be in contigous
blocks of memory. Programs can't allocate memory as they need it, a
program might move in above them and block their attempt to grow.
Slightly less objective reasons:
The company has too many lawers (the windowing environment and mouse
was invented by Xerox at PARC in 196? Apple copied them, then sued
Microsoft for doing the same thing Apple did)
A comand line interface is MUCH faster, once you learn to use it.
I prefer real use being fast, not just initial use.
Manuals are OK to read... really (assumeing there is actualy information
in them, unlike some apple manuals I have read)
Some of those icons get really uninformative, like the "apple desk-top
bus" symbol, it looks like a broken tree to me, not where a keyboard or
mouse would be plugged in.
Real mice have three buttons, two buttons are usable, but one button
is pathetic. (note how most software requires you to use shift and alt
in combination with the mouse button, wouldn't several mouse buttons solve
the problem better?)
The user interface is insulting. I know what I am doing, I can see
asking about potentialy stupid stuff like "are your sure you want to
format the hard drive?" but a mac treats everyone like a three year old
Why Power macs are silly:
One word: emulation. They havn't even ported the OS??? pathatic!
RISC is a good thing, I hope there is a "power PC" in my future, but it
would be nice if this fast new processor wasn't spendingg all its time
trying to emulate a old CISC chip.
They also suffer from all the ills normal macs suffer from.
Interesting bit o' RISC trivia
The Power macs were advertised as the first PCs to use a risc processor.
Apple is lieing. The first PC machine to use a risc processor was the
Acorn Archimedes, it uses the ARM processor, and came out in 1988. The
Acorn also runs a real multitasking OS, with memory protection
I have been told that the legendary operating system "Copeland" will
solve most/all of these problems, and may even be compiled for the processor
on which it would run. I saw a perfect quote in Euggene Tyurin's .signiture
to sum this up:
"Those who don't understand Unix are doomed to reinvent it, poorly."
Does anyone else find the term "app" used for a piece of software annoying
or is it just me? I figure that something that involves a good 5000
lines of code (which is considered short) deserves a bigger word.
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