You Can’t Be a Nerd Until…

For this Techie Saturday I want to give you a little history of the Windows/Mac battles that resulted in the computers we have today. You can’t be an official nerd until you know about it and have picked a side in this never ending battle. So, here goes, a complete history in 500 words or less. πŸ™‚


Typical MSDOS screen

My history with personal computers started out with a TRS-80 which was neither Windows nor Mac (Apple) but pretty quickly moved on to Microsoft MSDOS system as that is what my job required. There was no mouse on Microsoft based machines back then, everything had to be entered with a keypad. Since they were so closely linked to IBM, there were no pictures, everything was spreadsheets and text only. You had to spend hundreds of hours learning every imaginable code to get them to work.

Mac – It was crude but at least it was point and click.

But then a little start-up company named Apple introduced the Macintosh computer and its Graphical User Interface (GUI) which included a strange little box called a mouse. The original Macs was all black/white, but within a few years everything was in color. To control a Mac you didn’t really have to know anything about how it worked in the background. It didn’t matter that you didn’t know such things like if your file was on the C: or D: drive.

The basic mentality of these competing machines was drastically different. Windows/MSDOS was purely a business machine. Whereas the Mac was about being ease-of-use and creativity. When the picture based GUI started to become very popular, Microsoft copied the Apple and came out with their Windows system with a mouse. They have been following Apple innovations since that day.

There was also a very basic difference for our nerd side is that Microsoft released their root software code and Apple kept their’s under lock and key. Giving out their source code allowed more people to develop their own apps but it also allow the hacker to put out the viruses.

I have been exclusively Mac for about 20 years now and have never had virus software or viruses on any of my machines. Windows has moved a long way in the user friendly area but they still lag in the Windows/Mac competition as far as I am concerned.

Of course now that iPhones are so dominant, Macs have become even more popular as they freely integrate together. iPads and Apple watches round out the Apple product integration. Everything works seamlessly, well almost seamlessly.

So, my personal unbiased opinion πŸ™‚ is that Mac is a much more user friendly machine for my purposes. I know they are more expensive but I am willing to fork over some extra dollars so I don’t have to fret over all the stuff below the surface. Steve Jobs called Windows a “giant hairball” and in my opinion it still is.

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