RE: Mac vs PC users

Subject: RE: Mac vs PC users
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: "Combs, Richard" <richard -dot- combs -at- Polycom -dot- com>, "Weissman, Jessica" <WeissmanJ -at- abacustech -dot- com>, "dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com" <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>, "techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 13:39:45 -0400

Combs, Richard admitted:
>
> Weissman, Jessica wrote:
>
> > It's only intuitive in retrospect. Some of those people
> might want to watch
> > a user totally new to Macs struggle at first. Geesh. I'm
> a happy Mac
> > user, but I know better than that.
>
> The first time I worked on a Mac (eons ago; it was a
> one-piece Mac with the 9" B&W screen), I couldn't free my
> floppy disk. Oh, I could eject it, but the Mac kept insisting
> I reinsert it.
>
> Someone finally clued me in, because I never, _ever_ would
> have intuited that I should drag the disk icon to the trash can.

That's because you were a PC(er) before you were a Mac(ist),
and on a PC, trash means trash, garbage, gone, deleted, not
around any more - it doesn't mean put away for safe-keeping
or handed off to a friend, or.... tossed from the miraculous
purity of Mac-ness into the outer garbage heap that is the
universe-at-large.

I've been using a Mac long enough now that I don't recall
what my struggles were. I just recall that there WERE some
struggles. At least some were due to PC-ish preconceptions.
I doubt that all were.

Hmm. I use PCs with Windows - and occasionally PCs with
Linux - at the office.

At home, I started with a Windoze PC in the eighties,
graduated to dual-boot Win-and-Linux in the 90s, went
to Linux-only from about 1999 to 2008, and finally
bought a MacBook pro in November 2008, which is all
I use at home now.

I'm a natural techwriter, so my self-inflicted (as opposed
to formal) education is a bizarrely eclectic and wide-ranging
thing. At my job (captive employee), I still make less than
100K, though the biz I'm developing at home is coming
along nicely. I wonder where the Nielson survey would
have pegged me.

Wrongly, for sure... but wrongly in which way, I wonder. :-)

- Kevin (if you are a contrarian curmudgeon, does that make you a sweetheart?)
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References:
Mac vs PC users: From: Deborah Hemstreet
Re: Mac vs PC users: From: Tim Murray
Re: Mac vs PC users: From: Deborah Hemstreet
RE: Mac vs PC users: From: Weissman, Jessica
RE: Mac vs PC users: From: Combs, Richard

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