Pick Your Poison… Uh, I Mean Platform


The "Other" Platform


Time was when I used Microsoft for work and Mac for entertainment. MS-DOS? Yup, I knew the commands. Windows up to Windows XP? Sure, I could figure it out. They all were stable and they all worked fine. Until Windows Vista. That was it for me. I was working in a PC-only office at the time. The boss had Windows Vista, the rest of us Windows XP. Nothing ever worked after that.

I left. I took a few weeks, and moved my personal stuff from a PC to a Mac. I went to the Mac store and did all of the free workshops. Just like that I switched. It was easy. Everything works.

However, when it comes to looking for in-house copywriting work, I am finding I still need to know both platforms. Oh, crap. I really hate Windows. The Office package takes forever to load, forever to find what I need. I get updates every week that there are more security patches to download. Word and Excel are way more complicated than they have to be. Yes, I know you have the larger share of the platform market. But you could be a little more user-friendly, Microsoft.

This is a case of knowing that I have to acquire skills that I do not want or like to use. I’ll suck it up, but I’m not happy about it. Microsoft avoidance has become a way of life.¬†Where are the free workshops, Microsoft?



When Doing Your Job Changes the World

One of the dynamos of the computing world passed away today. Steve Jobs was a huge force in the world of science and computing. His work also changed my life in big ways and small. My writing career got started on a Mac and it will continue on a Mac. The company that he built has always impressed me as a consumer. Yes, the computers are more expensive than PCs, but the service I have gotten through the years has always been from courteous, interested and speedy people.

The man impressed me too. Pancreatic cancer is a terrible disease. The prognosis for those who get it is never very good. However, he held out for a long time. Honestly, I don’t know how he did it, how he held out and worked for so long. His suffering must have been terrible; you could see it in his face, yet I do not think I ever read or heard about one instance of him complaining. That alone helps me to put my own life experiences in perspective.

My sympathy goes out to his family, friends and colleagues at Apple. Mr. Jobs, thank you. You will be sorely missed.