I should have known when I saw that this dopey review was by a dude who promotes his MSCE training as if it were a good thing. And a DeVry graduate to boot.
“So is the mini a maxi value? For me, clearly, no. When I consider that a good deal of my time is spent running applications like Disk Defragmenter, Scandisk, Norton AV, Windows Update and Ad-Aware–none of which are available for the Mac platform”
ok let’s break this down:
- Disk Defragmenter – OS X auto defragments files 20mb and smaller.
- Scandisk – Disk Utility
- Norton AV – We don’t have viruses you dope
- Windows Update – Software Update, I know, it’s tough for a MSCE to grassp, but it’s under that Aqua Apple menu thingy, they did teach you about menus at DeVry, right>
- Ad-Aware – We don’t have spyware
Virex exists and if we do get some form of spyware, something will be written to handle it.
He also noted that Safari is “not standards compliant” because it did not render MSN properly. So I ran MSN through the w3c validator, you know, those people that write the standards, and the HTML source for www.msn.com failed the test. Imagine that.
The quote that shows just how much of a moron this guy is:
“The Mini boots up into a stripped-down operating system which Apple calls OS X, similar to the stripped-down WindowsCE OS found on many handhelds.” I guess FreeBSD Unix should be compared to stripped down Windows CE. Hahaha. Excuse me one second, kind reader. I need to pick my ass off the floor. Hahaha.
Talk about discrediting anything this guy ever writes again. Of course, if the site really is satirical, the average reader would not know that, so this retort is in like mind, satirical.
Some people. I read the note about MSN, so I fired it up in Safari. Not sure what isn’t displayed right, looks good to me. I use Hotmail all the time, works fine.
Sure, Safari has some kinks and bugs, but let’s face it IE6 on the PC isn’t exactly a secure, bug free browsing experience now, is it?
Of course, given that OS X is a stripped down OS, I’m really looking forward to seeing the non-stripped down version! Come on Apple! Show us the goods! 😉
You can always use firefox if you are not happy with Safari… Not to mention there is an OS X version of IE.
As to whether it’s a satirical review or not, I think this quote (which is clearly sarcastic) gives a gentle clue:
“For example, there is no Outlook Express for email, but Apple includes a program called Mail, which is like a stripped-down email client that can’t execute scripts or open attachments without user intervention. “
When you combine that with a few other clues scattered throughout the piece (including “a good deal of my time is spent running applications like Disk Defragmenter, Scandisk, Norton AV, Windows Update and Ad-Aware–none of which are available for the Mac platform” and all of which are clearly negatives), it’s clear that the article is a fairly cleverly disguised pisstake.
In fact, it’s a “Dorothy Dix” article–one deliberately formulated to give the nay-sayers (you, in this case) plenty of ammunition. 🙂
Further to the above, see this equally satirical article by the same author, which sarcastically promotes ad-and-spyware-ridden Online Casino browser bars (amongst the mostly widely hated phenomena known to man) as helpful, productive utilities.
Er.. heh, and the article in question is: http://www.divisiontwo.com/articles/utilityshootout.html
Sorry about that. 🙂
Yes but my original point still stands, a non-Mac using, unaware user would see this as legit. Especially a non-computer user. It should have been make clear that this was humor. So, until they make it more clear on their end, I’ll leave it unclear on my end 🙂
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