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Re: Apple's Tiger, Burning How Bright?
Posted by: Peter Burrows 2005-04-14 08:39:58
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Most people have some passion that would cause them to stand in line for hours -- a playoff game, a rock concert, maybe even a gallery opening. At exactly 6 p.m. on April 29, the lines at a shopping district or mall near you will be at the Apple Store, where Macintosh fans will be waiting to get the latest release of the MacOS software. Of course, software releases have a tendency to be anticlimactic because they're filled with cryptic features people rarely use.

Re: Apple's Tiger, Burning How Bright?
Posted by: DATAHOLIC 2005-04-20 07:12:13 In reply to: Peter Burrows
OS X 10.4
All these continuing new features in OS X must sound good to the programmers. However, as an end user who uses the technology solely for business, they don't. One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to realize that they are of absolutely no value. The i (nternet) applications are for hobbyists, they have no value in business. The only thing that has happened is that I have ended up with an unstable, and much too complex, operating system that I have very little control over. I use it because I have been pushing the envelope for more than 18 years and OS X can handle my latest efforts but System 9 cannot. I have had more, and weirder, problems occur with OS X than with Systems 6 thru 9 combined.
No, I am definitely not going to upgrade to OS 10.4. The last thing that I need is the indexing of my very large [approaching 2 GB in one case] database files. I cannot do without a certain System 9 application.
Apple’s assertion that there are thousands of applications available for OS X is a very big LIE. This takes into account the applications that only run under the X 11 windowing system. I have seen the document that Apple belatedly put on line on how to install it. I would have to be a programmer to do it. I have not seen where Apple has provided information on how to cope with this additional interface.
I cannot consider switching my office to OS X since the server software is bloated, buggy, unstable & unusable [been there, done that]. I estimate that it would take me at least a week to set up OS Server if I filled out all of the very large number of dialog boxes correctly. The chances of that happening are as remote as finding a programmer that can effectively communicate their expertise. They are not able to answer a simple question without going off on a tangent or getting pissy and then providing disinformation, or just refusing to answer. The value of the technology is directly proportional to the control one has over it. I will not give up the control that I have. OS X has compromised it far too much. Having a reasonable amount of control over the technology means that the overhead associated with it is affordable.
The last thing that I want, or need, is an operating system that has a command line interface. Unix always has been, and always will be, a monstrosity for end users.
Apple is alienating its end users and they don't seem to care. I would like to see an operating system that is meant for end users. I would be receptive to adopting it. I have no loyalty to Apple, or anyone else. I have objectives to accomplish and I don't care who will support them. This definitely does not include Microsoft or Linux at the rate they are going or with their poor attitudes.
For all the amazing, and overly complex, software that is available there is extremely little of it that is usable. I am expected to make do without a readable instruction manual, or any manual at all. This means that the very large amount of time needed to learn the software empirically makes it prohibitively expensive. I have yet to see a tutorial that is worth a damn.
Forget about the open source software. You get what you pay for in this life. This is unstable and unusable software.
Over the years I have spent quite a bit of money for software and received very little of value. In business this is known as FRAUD. Therefore, if I can't get a free instruction manual to evaluate the usability of the software then I will not buy it.
The technology is being driven solely by the programmers and the end users have ended up with the shitty end of the stick.
This does present a rather large business opportunity but the software publishers are still in awe of the wonder of it all.
I think that these concepts are important. Perhaps you should address this reality that I, and other end users, have to deal with. I haven't seen anyone else who has. Put aside the glitter, it gets in the way of getting useful things done.
Jump to:
If my employer requires me to return to the company's office full-time to perform my job, I will...
Agree, because I like my job regardless of where I perform my duties.
Comply, because I can't afford to lose my current job.
Go with the flow, but start looking for different employment.
Resign immediately, so I can dedicate all of my time to find a job that better suits my needs.
Try to negotiate a hybrid work from home / work in office arrangement with my employer.