A Note From an Annoyed Mac Loyalist

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Date: Sunday, September 30th, 2001, 21:51
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So lets get this straight. I’m a Mac user, have resisted Windows for a long time even though I’ve had to use it for work (content creation). The Mac was simply better and I?d be the first to tell anyone. However, my experience with OS X 10.1 seems to have been the icing on the cake.


So lets get this straight. I’m a Mac user, have resisted Windows for a long time even though I’ve had to use it for work (content creation). The Mac was simply better and I?d be the first to tell anyone. However, my experience with OS X 10.1 seems to have been the icing on the cake.

There have been ongoing annoyances. All the apps. that are supposed to be best on the Mac (Photoshop for example) are not out on OS X. One of my main apps, Maya is now OS X but version 3.5, not version 4, as on Windows but hey, it’s a step in the right direction. I haven’t installed OS X for lack of features (read: no compelling reason to do so) but with Maya shipping and OS X 10.1 adding features (read: a marginally usable OS as compared to 10.0) I decided to take the plunge. Heck, I’d even go out and grab an update CD from the Apple store in Glendale, CA, about 20 minutes away because for some reason Apple wouldn?t let me download it. But they didn’t have any. At the Apple store, they didn’t have any. A quick series of local toll calls revealed that nobody had any.

Why am I not supposed to go Windows again? I can get OS updates online, not for $20 and a day of aggravation. Adobe has COMITTED to Photoshop on Windows, where’s the commitment on OS X? Maya (and every other application it seems) are released first on Windows. Networks at every post-production (film and video, isn’t that the domain of the all-powerful Mac?) are Windows based or at the very least Windows compliant. Who is using the Macintosh, really?

I love my PB G4, don’t get me wrong. It’s the best hardware on the planet. If only I didn’t have to put up with all the issues surrounding the Mac OS…<> Oh well, an adequate stock of CDs or web downloadable update may have kept me on board a little longer but the current situation? In a professional situation, after 9 years of loyalty, the Mac is becoming untenable.

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