The View from the Middle

Reports from the Computer Wars

Welcome to my little editorial area. Who am I and why should you care what I have to say? Well, I'm a computer programmer who's been in the business for over 20 years and have done pretty much every kind of programming there is to do from mainframe accounting systems to writing eye tracking software in assembler and even to designing hardware.

I've used Macs, PCs, Ataris, Amigas... and while I have definite biases (who doesn't?) I think you'll find that I'm fair about things - perhaps more fair than I should be. I don't believe in 'better' and 'best', nor do I believe in 'worse' or 'worst' when applied to big complex systems. Heck, I don't trust those words when they are applied to most things because they almost always reflect the person's bias more than they do any really useful information about the thing they've applied to.

Why should you listen to what I have to say? Truthfully, I hope it's because I'll give you a different point of view - one that's not pro-Apple or pro-Microsoft or pro anything specific, but one that discusses the facts as best I can determine them to be.

I will admit that I prefer the Macintosh operating system. I've used Windows since version 2.1, and while it slowly gets better (although Windows 98 is a major step backwards) it's still just not as elegent and easy to use as MacOS. Unix is more powerful, but harder to use. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but to date, if you just want to get work done, MacOS still is the most efficient system for most users. So far.

So, if you'd like to check out what I have to say, check the links below.

98 June 22 MacZealotry - Why Mac users are sounding a lot like Amiga users
98 July 03 Comparing Apples to Pears
98 July 04 This is a Sign of Life?
98 July 05 Apple's New Marketing Model: The Customer is Always Wrong