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January 13, 2003

Upgraded from Comments

Austin mentioned this in a comment, but I felt I had to blog it. glenn mcdonald, who writes an excellent -- and expensive for Austin -- weekly music review, The War Against Silence, turns out to be a rabid switcher.

I suppose I'm thinking hard about the whole switching thing at present. In the last 24 hours I have spent more time tinkering with one of my PCs than I've spent in total tinkering with my iMac. I guess the upgrade I didn't have to do (Mac OS 9 to X) might have been as hard as this upgrade, though it seems vaguely unlikely. I've been trolling all round the web in search of drivers for my hardware; none of it rare or obscure. Why weren't these drivers all bundled with the OS?

And for what? Well, it's more stable; but shouldn't an operating system be rock solid in the first place? Compare to my move to OS X, which was revolutionary. And then 10.2, which, as an upgrade, was no harder than installing a screen saver on a Windows box would be, and which allows all sorts of astonishing stuff (like, for example, Safari). And which keeps delighting me. I'm sure I don't need a text editor that automatically uses ligatures for fl. But I'm really pleased I've got one.

Posted by Alison Scott at January 13, 2003 04:21 PM

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The leap from MacOS 8.6 to X was scary for me, but I'm glad I did it, and I wish all my favourite applications were carbon, because I now complain whenever I have to reboot into MacOS 9. The major annoyance is that Alpha Centauri doesn't work properly under Classic, forcing the reboot. I still hate the Dock, though.

Posted by: Feòrag at January 14, 2003 06:34 PM

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