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Dvorak voices opinions on Mac experience

updated 11:30 am EDT, Thu July 26, 2007

Dvorak Mac experience

Noted Apple critic John C. Dvorak has written a generally favorable view of recent experiences using an iMac, which he requested for a work project in a Mac-based office. Comparing the system to a PC, he notes that the interface is "slicker," and that he feels less concerned about issues such as viruses and spyware. Mac OS X is also described as seeming "more solid" than Microsoft Windows, which Dvorak attributes to the Mac's Unix substructure.

The primary value of Macs is said to be simplicity: whereas PC users may have to deal with firewalls, anti-virus software and unstable subsystems, a Mac user can often load a program and get his work done without complications.

Dvorak does not universally praise the platform; he argues that in many respects, Macs and PCs run the same programs with equal ability, and a Mac may not always have the best interface. Some examples include the conceit for burning CDs, described as unnecessarily complex, and unspecified general aspects of navigating. He further critcizes "gimmicky" presentation features, such as bouncing icons and animated window minimizing.

He lastly suggests that what may drive people to the Mac is the growing prevalence of online applications, such as Google Docs, reducing the actual demands on a computer. For work-oriented users, Dvorak says, Macs may simply become another smart terminal.




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  1. chaaalie

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    CDs?

    Burning CDs on a mac is harder than windows? You put in the CD, it mounts it (and shows it on your desktop), you drag the files to it, and then eject the CD (and click "Burn" ... or simply drag it to the burn icon). So that's as little as two or three clicks (or click-drags).

    That's still fewer steps than I have ever managed in Windows, if for no other reason than the various error and "helper" messages that jump in front of me to keep me from doing my intended task. And I have to go into "My Computer" to see if the machine has even mounted it. Just trying on my Work-issued Dell, it looks like I have a minimum of 11 clicks/drags.

    Am I missing something?

  1. hokizpokis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    complex CD burning

    Yup, I agree...

    holding down the control button whiist clicking the mouse button; selecting 'burn' is FAR TOO complex a task for such an amature as Dvorak! (after option-dragging files to the CD desktop icon of course, hey but who dares to follow instructions anymore??)

    now consider that the mac os in fact has at least three seperate ways to achive this very same task, errr, like it's soo complex even a old f*** like this dude can't fathom why the programers would need to have so many ways to achieve the same thing...

    I recommend retirement for this OUTDATED CHAP, although that will unintentionally WREAK HAVIOC on other golf courses' around the globe...

    instead a single blonde college co-ed in a mini skirt would be sooo much more believable, more accurate and hundred times more entertaining...

  1. chas_m

    Moderator

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Heh

    Dvorak, who has spent decades criticising the Mac, acts as though he hasn't touched one in at least seven years (the OS X era).

    What a maroon.

  1. eddd

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    So....

    All the years of Dvorak's anti-Mac drivel were based on... nothing? This is the first experience he's had with modern Macs?

    What a doofus.

    Although he did invent the keyboard ;-)

  1. SubPop

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Bouncing icons...

    I wonder why it's "gimmicky" to be able to tell if your application is loading or not, and have the ability to force-quit the application (that you might have launched by mistake) before it fully loads.

    I guess if you're used to Windows or Linux which really don't give ANY feedback when an app is loading, other than the hourglass (which indicates all sorts of "you can't use the system now" states).

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    dvorak useful?

    It should not be forgotten that Dvorak provides an extremely useful sociological role particularly in the context of the evolution of language. Were it not for his presence, the development of new terms through the concatenation of existing phonemes such as "sh*t" and "head" into new and useful constructs would not occur. He therefore makes a valuable contribution to the necessary evolution of language and its obligation to accommodate and express an ever changing society! ;-)

  1. InfraredAD

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Losing Clicks?

    Dvorak must be in need of a few clicks on his blog. He's stated out in the open he criticizes Macs just to drive traffic..

    I'm sorry, but man he's a shock jock and that's it.

  1. jeph4e

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Burnin

    Gotta agree with him on burning.

    Our new mac users always have a problem with it

    Simple to me but obviously not to others.

    Toast solves the problem but is an added expense...

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Dvorak=Fucktard

    He's still a Windows shill and a general idiot.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: burning

    Burning is difficult if you want to do anything other than the most simple task.

    Here's one: 1. Burn a file to a CD, take the CD elsewhere, then bring it back. 2. Burn another file to the same CD - how do you do it? It's not easy to figure out unless you already know how.

    Apple needs to address issues with Re-writable CDs and Sessions - yes, it can be done with the Disk Utility, but that's not obvious to everyone.

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