Re: Platform of choice

Subject: Re: Platform of choice
From: Jerry Kindall <kindall -at- MANUAL -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 1997 01:30:56 -0500

>>I believe a majority of people use Windows for two reasons: they have to
>>or they have to. I haven't met anyone in person who's said "I acutally
>>prefer the MS Windows experience to UNIX, NeXT, OS/2, Macintosh, etc." I
>>always hear someone uses Windows "because" of something. They use it because
>>it's what their clients use, or because the software package they like is
>>only available for Windows, or because it's what they learned on, or because
>>of this or that. It's like they're apologizing.
>>Most of us use Windows because everyone else uses it. No other reason.
>>It's a vicious circle.
>I very much resent the implications in the above statements. I, for
>one, choose the windows platforms. No apologies here.

So you're an exception. He did say "most." Why do you resent his
opinion when you're obviously not one of the people he meant his
statement to apply to?

I have a Windows machine (586/133). It plays my music CDs real well,
though I wish I could get it to automatically eject the discs when
they're done. (It gets to be a pain switching the monitor and groping
for the second mouse just to switch CDs.) Occasionally I use it to run
some Windows-only software I need to document, or to look at some file
that's in a Windows format that for some reason I can't read on my Mac.
The latter occurrence is rare.

I also have three Macs, all of which are performing some vital business
function (one's my Internet server and is co-located at my ISP; one's my
main machine, and one's my laptop, which also doubles as the Internet
router for the other two machines in my office).

My preference is clear, but that doesn't mean that some people don't buy
Windows computers on purpose. My clients? Most of them have been
Mac-based, largely because it's taken a while for me to get comfortable
with Windows, although both of my current major projects are Mac/Windows

Jerry Kindall <kindall -at- manual -dot- com>
Manual Labor <>
Technical Writing; Internet & WWW Consulting

Author of the Web Motion Encyclopedia
The comprehensive animation and video reference for Web designers
Coming Summer '97 from Waite Group Press

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