There has been a debate raging for as long as I have been alive. A debate of mammoth proportions. A debate between two ideas that could change the very course of human history. Sometimes it gets more heated than others. Sometimes the two seem like the could co-exist, side by side. Other times it seems as if the two seek only to destroy each other. You know of which debate I speak of. Of course, it can be summed up in three simple words: “PC or Mac.”
I recently bought my first Mac, a 13″ MacBook, a few short months ago. I will admit that I love it… very much. There is so much you can do with it. So many awesomely cool little apps, not available for PC, that can just do the coolest things. Not life-changing things. But things that make the computing experience even slightly more enjoyable and that give the feeling that you are somehow special and part of a special group to have these things available to you. I understand where the “Mac people” are coming from. But I love my PC. Make no mistake. It’s home built. I grew up with it. I know how to make it do things that many Mac people I know can’t even do on their “elite machines.”
But things have come up recently that make me question the future of my computing environment preferences. I think that there is a good likelihood that I may switch to 100%, or near 100% Mac. The major reason for this thought process is based on the news I’m hearing about Windows Vista. Rumors, yes, but they make me wary. Rumors of all the new security blocks they put up to protect from Spyware. They’re needed, I understand. I tried to install a 3rd-party program add-on a month or two ago on my PC, and upon opening the file I saw a small black command prompt open and close within a microsecond and instantly realized, “I’m in trouble.” I’ve been fighting this piece of Spyware since and cannot rid myself of it. It’s nasty. And annoying. So I understand these added security measures. But they sound a little too over-the-top for me. They sound like they will annoy me and slow me down too much from doing actual work. All kinds of password verification requests and a thousand confirmation boxes to do simple tasks.
But the most troublesome rumor I’ve heard is how WGAis going to handle possible illegal copies of Vista. As it stands, If WGA finds your copy of windows to possibly be illegal, it will annoy the crap out of you to get you to register. Reminders over and over and over again. Maybe it contacts Microsoft. I’m not sure. With the new Vista WGA, the OS will lock up, only allowing you to surf the web for a max of 1-hour and not allowing you to do much more than copy and paste files within the actual OS. It will hijack your computer from you and, basically, shut it down.
Now, I understand that too. I have a legit copy of XP. I got it in college while there, and have kept it ever since. And you may say that this new protection won’t affect legitimate Windows users, but the truth is that WGA is so buggy in and of itself that there are thousands of false-positve and false-negative piracy identifications. People who have legit Windows are said to have bootleg copies. As it stands, they can still use their legal Windows, albeit while being annoyed every day with reminder bubbles, but with the new Vista WGA, these legal users will have their computers locked because WGA “thinks” they’re pirates.
There’s more. I just don’t like how it sounds. I mean, I like my XP. I will continue to use it. But I don’t think I’ll be switching to Vista. And as such, eventually I’m going to have to move on to a new OS because XP will get too outdated. So it’s either Mac OS or Linux or something. I like Mac. I think I may buy a new iMac or Mac Pro with my next bonus/tax rebate checks. We shall see.