I’ve been a Mac user for nearly four years now, and it’s been a good four years, but at some point we should all just accept the fact that Windows is superior in every way and go back. Let’s be honest, we were all just using Macs because everybody else was using Windows and we wanted to be different, but now a whole bunch of people are using Macs, and it’s become clear that this display of difference is futile. I declare our stupid rebellion from the social norm of Windows officially over, let’s all go to Dell and buy some beige power tower.
We’re always going on about the superior UI, and the UI is superior, but it’s spoiling us for the awful UI of reality. You know how kids who grew up in dirty environments get sick less later in life than the kids who grew up in spotlessly germ-free environments? It’s the same for UI; the easier it is to use your computer, the less prepared you will be for some challenging obstacle to pop up in real life. You can’t zoom out of real life to see all of the windows you’ve got open, and if you want to find something in a pile you can’t just ‘spotlight’ for it. Windows purposefully makes it as difficult as humanly possible to do anything at all with your computer, which strengthens your reflexes for real life. It’s like the UI is exercise equipment for your interaction reflexes. (more…)