I've tried nothing and I'm all out of ideas!
With the increasing popularity of the Mac, whether it’s from Apple’s “Get a Mac” ads or Microsoft’s own failings, there’s been a whole new cottage industry developing.
The Macalope is talking, of course, about the faux switcher.
What’s a faux switcher, you ask? (You’re always so helpful when the Macalope wants to engage in exposition! Thanks!)
A faux switcher is someone who has absolutely no intention of switching but writes a piece pretending to have considered it and lists their extremely lame and/or lazy excuses for not.
You may remember that lawyer fellow a few weeks back, but this week’s entrant into the Faux Switcher Olympics is one Matt Hartley at OSWeekly.
I’d like to go on record and say that I really don’t have anything against Apple whatsoever.
Sure you don’t, Matt. Why would we think that?
My better half is a Mac fan times twenty and uses it with great joy each day. She uses a Mini and PowerBook of the PowerPC variety.
Well, the Macalope hopes it’s of the PowerPC variety, otherwise she’s using a laptop that’s over ten years old.
Now, it seems Matt was all set to buy a Mac (sure, Matt) until a friend asked for some help installing the trial version of Office on his new MacBook.
My task was to get the trial version of MS Office installed so that my friend could get caught up on a few things before finally buying a copy of Office a few days later.
What a nightmare that was!
First off, Matt, a nightmare is being chased by dead relatives reanimated as killer zombies, not failure to complete a simple drag-and-drop operation, exclamation marks not withstanding.
Second, the Macalope feels compelled to point out that the MacBook comes with a trial version of Office already installed.
This is not starting well, Matt.
Firefox and software installations, talk about a walk on the wild side!
Again with the exclamation marks! What! Is! Up! With! That?!
This dragging of an application to the dock and then to the applications folder is not something that I found to be all that intuitive.
Actually, the instructions you link to show that it’s the other way around — drag it to the Applications folder and then to the dock — so maybe it’s a reading comprehension problem.
Have you tried Hooked on Phonics?
To be honest, I’m surprised that more converts over the Mac don’t find this a little bit strange. Perhaps it’s just me?
Yes. It’s just you.
So, Matt, you say you had a couple of problems even you admit are probably not Apple’s fault and then can’t get over the idea of dragging and dropping an application to install it.
Is the Macalope clear on that?
Is your wife there? Can you put her on the phone? Because… damn, woman.
Macs: Great for Those Who Prefer the UI.
Not so great for those who prefer to have their temperature taken rectally.
Or something. Frankly, the Macalope’s still not sure what his real complaint is other than that he’s just never used a Mac before.
And there’s not much Apple can do about that, now, is there?
As for me, you couldn’t get me to use one again if you paid me.
Hey, fine with us, Matt. If you prefer to stay ignorant of the simplest of tasks and would rather click through an extensive installation process than doing a drag and drop, that’s your choice.
We do ask, however, that you stop writing about the Mac.
…”demand” is probably a better word.
Just knock it off.
Fans of the Simpsons will recognize the title.