Windows Vista to Help the Sale of Macs?

Chris Pirillo, windows aficionado says:

I’m a nanometer away from switching my family over to OS X when Apple releases Leopard in Q1 of 2007. It looks clean and elegant. It comes with all the software and services the average user could ever want. It runs on the same hardware. A system will be able to dual-boot between OS X and Windows, and pricing is no longer astronomical. But most importantly? With its UI inconsistencies, Vista feels completely schizophrenic, and that’s enough of a reason for anybody to leave Windows in the dustjust like they left MSN Search and IE.

Yesterday’s arguments don’t really hold water in today’s marketplace, and as a serious technologist, you need to recognize that. Forget the whole “Windows has more software” debate because that’s absolute bunk. More and more, we’re moving our lives online, spending our day in an email client and/or a Web browser (if, indeed, they’re not one in the same). We demand easier, better solutions than those that we currently have.

Remember how you felt when you saw “The Phantom Menace” for the first time? I was overwhelmingly disappointed. That’s exactly how Windows Vista RC1 makes me feel, and that’s not very likely to change between now and when the OS goes gold. Before now, there wasn’t a viable “Google” or “Firefox” for the Windows platform. Between Apple’s Boot Camp and Parallels (, you’re going to have to make a strong argument to keep people from finally making the switch. And you wanna know the worst part of this entire situation?

Microsoft, in each and every instance, has been its own worst enemy.

Go Apple.

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6 Responses to Windows Vista to Help the Sale of Macs?

  1. Angie says:

    YAY! I’m glad to see you blogging. I’ve missed you, man! But, this post may as well have been in Chinese, b/c it’s foreign to me. Regardless…

    Go James!

  2. Bill says:

    Hear ye, hear, let it be known that I wholeheartedly agree with Angie.. It’s good to see you Blogging again! 🙂

    I read what Chris Pirillo had to say. What have you to say on this subject? I won’t be baited with the comments of some unknown. I was tempted, I almost succumbed, but I resisted! [That’s growth, isn’t it? 😉 ]


  3. James says:

    Aw shucks. Good to have a few minutes to blog, finally.

    Bill, now would I bait you into a Windows V. Mac post? Surely not! But….I did almost title the thread “Bill this is for you.” Good thing I didn’t. You’d have probably brought up the story yesterday about iPods (the Windows versions) shipping with a virus and Apple blaming Windows (which seems a copout on Apple’s part).

    Of course, then I’d just bring up that Apple sales were up 30% the fourth fiscal quarter for desktops. They were up ~30% for iPods, too. That’s gotta count for something.

    Seriously, though, I don’t know that I agree that Vista’s inconsistent UI will drive Mac sales, but I suppose it’s possible. Mostly, it’ll lead to a lot of griping and gnashing of teeth (like when I first downloaded the non-intuitively laid out IE7).

  4. Bill says:

    Aww heck, James! You did most of my posting for me already!

    Since one could only scratch the surface on this issue on a Blog I won’t even try.

    But in the interest of being inclusive, isn’t it just plain fun that Linux just had a huge security hole exposed? Not that I care.. I am running Ubuntu with an nVidia card, the specific card whose drivers are causing the problem. (Ubuntu is not my primary OS, I am just dabbling at this point.)


  5. James says:

    I’m in ingnorance….what’s the new problem with Linux?

    (I’ve dabbled a bit, too. I’ve got an old Mac with Yellowdog installed.)

  6. Bill says:

    It’s a hardware driver issue:

    “Tuesday, 17 October 2006, 2:18 PM CET

    Security researchers have published an exploit that highlights a long-standing security bug in Nvidia graphic drivers for Linux. Nvidia Driver For Linux v8774 and v8762 are subject to a buffer overflow bug that creates a means for hackers to inject hostile code as root.”

    and from CNet

    “the critical flaws were found in Nvidia’s Binary Graphics driver for Linux versions 8774 and 8762, and may also affect its Linux drivers for FreeBSD and Solaris, according to the advisory.”

    The fix should be out soon, not a real issue if your Linux auto-updates…. 😉


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