At a crossroad?

I first started using a Mac in 2003, though I’ve continued to use Windows as well (I had to, for work reasons), and I’ve run Lunux as well since before then.

For the most part, though, I’ve used the Mac’s especially for graphic (photo and video) content. However, of late Apple seem to have become (even more) autocratic. During my time with Apple I have seen the older PPC platform abandoned, and more recently Final Cut Pro (I didn’t use this, but users are very upset) and Final Cut Express. iWeb, all @mac web support, and idisk to end in 2012 (huge extra work load for me). Then we had the major dumbing-down of iMovie a few years ago. Now Lion imposes some other substantial changes to how we work (yes, in Lion we can disable some of these, if we know how, but probably next version will force us to change). Also iOS now prevents users of Kindle and other apps purchasing books from within the app.

I am really not sure that I wish to continue to support a regime which has such a cavalier attitude to its customers – yes, in using Apple you have always had to accept that you buy into their vision, but I think that vision is changing, and becoming ever more intolerant of existing customers.

Googe; and Android, seem to have an equally bug???r-the-customer attitude to introducing and dropping product, and I personally think their ‘open’ product attitude is an illusion, or marketing ploy. Android also seems to be anarchy – most implementations include proprietary features, and updates to existing products seem haphazard, or down to luck. On top of that, the apps seem inferior to those available for iPhone (can I get a decent UK bird identification package, or any of the other apps I really want, on Android?).

Linux?? – no serious apps, especially for graphics. Open/Libre Office is enough for my basic needs, ditto email and web, but outside that?? Anarchy – if you think an app is not good enough, you start a new one from scratch, and when it is 10% better thn the existing one, you abandon it! Result is no decent apps! Then take Ubuntu, which was until recently was the leading Linux distro – change everything (to be more Mac like, in appearance and operation, but perhaps the autocratic element too) without consultation!

What else is left but Micro$oft? I’m really not a fan of M$, which is far from perfect, but I wonder if I should return to Windows (7)?


About Mike Hessey

I'm a BOF (Boring Old Fellow) and MOS (Miserable Old Soul) whose main interests are photography, cycling, walking and computers. Regrettably recent problems with my legs, back and heart have reduced the cycling and walking.
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