[LINK] Microsoft is dead
pbrooks-link at layer10.com.au
Tue Apr 10 09:06:46 EST 2007
Craig Sanders wrote:
> until yesterday, i assumed that the same held true for multimedia stuff
> too, at least compared to linux (Apple has *always* been the best
> desktop OS for multimedia stuff). getting everything working smoothly
> under linux can be difficult, or has been difficult until recently. i
> just kind of assumed that it would be easy under windows.
At the risk of uttering blasphemy, as with most things your experience
may vary. In my case, under Windows, it did work fine.
When I received a shiny iPod for a birthday gift, I downloaded the later
version of iTunes than what was on the CD in the box, and it installed fine.
Plugged in the iPod, and it connected, played, synchronised - all fine.
Then I noticed iTunes had gone and duplicated every single blasted song
and movie under its own directory tree, filled the disk and generally
made a mess - not to mention requiring a RAM footprint and CPU cycles
that would embarass an elephant while it was operating. I put this down
to arrogant Apple software bloat, tossed away iTunes and loaded on
MediaMonkey - which does everything an audio mediaplayer should.
Now MM doesn't support video, but clearly supports all the WinAMP
plugins that do - so a few more minutes downloading WinAMP and the
plugins, and MM now runs my entire collection, syncs to iPods, syncs to
any other MP(x) player I want, and doesn't feel the need to take over
all the machine's resources while doing its bit.
Total time wrestling with iTunes and discarding it - a couple of days,
Total time working on iPod, MM, and video plugins to get it all running
sweetly - about 20 minutes, not counting download times.
Requirement to edit background CLI or shell scripts, link scripts to
buttons, and generally muck about with stuff no 'Joe Public' user would
or should need to have a clue about - nil.
It all comes down to - what you're used to, and what you've put the
energy into being familiar with. I've run linux (and other *ix systems),
and can do a passable job with them. I'm sure I could get a Apple system
running nicely too, but I have no need to - I spent more time playing
'sysadmin' on the linux systems, and consequently less time being
productive, than I do on the Windows platforms.
I'm sure all the linux advocates, Apple advocates, and even the
remaining C64, Amiga and Amstrad mavens on this esteemed list have
expended as much time and probably more becoming intimately familiar
with their chosen platform, and can now say much the same thing about
their chosen OS.
Now Windows has its frustrations, there's no doubt about it - but for me
and my needs, Windows works, and I don't have a burning desire to spend
my remaining minutes on this planet learning another platform as deeply.
When I do, and Windows really pisses me off, I guess I will.
I learnt much the same lesson in a past life as a programmer
designer/coder - you can write horrible spaghetti unmaintainable
programs in any language, you can write beautiful self-documenting
modular object-oriented marvels in any language - its not about the
language, its about the individual doing the writing.
Its the same with OSs.
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