AMUG Next General Meeting
When: Tuesday, October 18, 7 p.m.
Program: Shareware - Christina's Top Picks
Presenter: Christina Wellman
Description: A review of top shareware gems that will improve your computing efficiency.
Location: North Fulton Co. Annex, Roswell Rd., Sandy Springs, GA
Questions: Todd Daniel - [masked], cell [masked]
Our condolences go out to the friends, family, and co-workers of Steve Jobs. Thank you Steve for putting the "wow" into electronic devices in a way that no one else could.
The Vice President Speaketh
I recently purchased a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium and installed it on Parallels. I'm not sure why I did this, but I've done crazier things. For instance, I took two years of Latin and studied Klingon for four years. I'm not sure why I learned the Klingon language, but it does come in handy when trying to find a bathroom at DragonCon.
For years I've had a fascination with virtualization and emulators, and I started with Virtual PC 5.0, which was hopelessly slow. More recently, I've been running Windows XP on Parallels, and a couple of weeks ago I made the jump to Windows 7.
Running the same application on XP and 7, I find Windows 7 to be much faster, and maybe I'm going crazy again, but the graphics appear sharper. The operating system works great and is stable and snappy. One think I'll say right off is that I appreciate the simplicity of the OS X Finder. The Windows Explorer window is crowded and confusing, and you have to stop and figure out the various buttons and options.
XP was a great operating system until the malware authors went after it. The other travesty to all Windows operating systems is that the manufacturer loads them up with garbage -- free trials, useless utilities, etc... This again creates a confusing user experience. I once remember seeing a sign at Best Buy where they were offering to do a clean reinstall of your operating system for $54. Just how crazy is that? I suppose all the pre-installed junk keeps the prices of PC's down, but I sure do hate it.
In my work life, I still need Windows on occasion, mainly to run some work related PC software, and there are still a few websites out there that don't support Mac. I also use it for testing our website in the PC environment.
If you got into a debate over what was better -- Windows 7 or OS X Lion -- you would likely get all emotional for nothing. They are both great operating systems. However, ever since I first started using the Mac SE in 1987 I've always preferred the more intuitive Finder. I'm sure that patents limit some of the things a designer can do, but I've always felt that the way Windows is organized is nonsensical and even bizarre. When I first saw a demo of Windows 95 many years ago I could only ask, "Why????" For instance, why would you hit the "Start" button to shut down your computer?
Well, back to my Klingon yodeling lessons. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Tuesday general meeting.
-- Todd Daniel