[OT] Market Share

Chipp Walters chipp at chipp.com
Sun Jul 9 19:23:19 EDT 2006

Bill and Richard

I couldn't agree with you more.  I would only add that it's much
harder to develop for a moving target, aka the Mac OSX, than the major
update every 5 years with Windows.

Frankly, I'm in the minority as I *much* prefer *not* having to
purchase an update for my OS every year. I guess I can live without
the latest transparent window effect, or dashboard widgets, or the
latest hyped feature from Jobs. I just want a solid, robust, OS.

Forget the cost, every OSX release has been fraught with bugs and
inconsistencies which send developers scurrying to provide updates.
I've said it before, but we spend at least 4X the resources keeping
our Mac products updated as we do Windows.

Also, as many Mac users already know, one doesn't typically install
the dot zero OSX.x release. Even my good buddy, Bob LeVitus (Dr. Mac)
knows this-- though he does enjoy having to release new books every
time Apple releases a new 'CAT.'

Rob, you're right on. For those who haven't at least TRIED windows
lately, they could be in for a surprise. But, to each his own taste,
for sure!


On 7/9/06, Bill Marriott <wjm at wjm.org> wrote:

> Apple employs business practices that, if used by Microsoft, would have
> people crying "foul" and bringing anti-trust suits. Buying music from iTunes
> means you're locked into iTunes and iPods forever. (If I buy a track from a
> WMADRM vendor I have hundreds of devices to choose from.) So nice of Apple
> to share the iTunes success by licensing the protocol with its loyal
> developers. (Oh wait, they didn't!)
> Apple is far behind in a number of technologies. Tablet/handwriting. Voice.
> A few others mentioned in this thread. Their applications are not terribly
> exciting, either. ClarisWorks/AppleWorks was a fantastic program in its day;
> it basically destroyed Microsoft Works. Then they stopped doing anything
> with it and now it's "end of life" with no adequate replacement. My
> much-beloved FileMaker languished, neglected for at least 6 years before
> they dusted it off and started making some real improvements to it the last
> two years.
> Poor Mac developers, indeed. They've suffered an abusive relationship for
> years with Apple. Now, you wonder why the existence of Boot Camp is the only
> reason why I'll consider an Apple again.

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