The Spinning Beach Ball of Death

Spinning Beachball of DeathI got called to help a Mac-user today; as I walked into his room he started complaining about the "spinning beach ball of death".  Pretending not to know what he was talking about, I asked what he meant.  He said, "You know, like the spinning hourglass in Windows."  I told him that I understood and acted astonished that Macs would have any such mundane problems.

Of course, I told him it never happens with Linux. :)

Mac users are a passionate bunch to say the least.  Windows users are equally smug, but generally less annoying.  As a Linux user, I try to steer clear of the whole Windows vs. Mac debate.  You might as well try to debate whether Christianity or Islam is the one true religion, even though we all know it's Pastafarianism.  On the plus side, my "Linux Cred", if there is such a thing, gives me a little breathing room and often the role of "honest broker" between the warring camps.

As near as I can tell, the main arguments for Mac are ease-of-use, the iLife suite, and relative safety from viruses and other forms of malware.  On the Windows side you've got less cost, customization, and software/gaming availability. Like most things in life, it really comes down to personal preference and needs, and no study, research, or argument is going to change that fact.

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Note: There is one thing that Windows users can do that Mac users can't.  Click here to find out what it is. (Not Safe For Work)


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