I swear down deep I'm a technology lover. Some stuff is so retarded though…
I think the Mac is great at editing video and making DVD's and surfing the web. Once beyond that it becomes PAINFUL for me to use it. Back when I was more of a programmer, it was a cool platform because of all the Unix like stuff but now I need more traditional things like Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc. I sometimes imagine how much it must suck to be a programmer on the Apple "Numbers" team. You go to a party and someone asks what do you do? Well I'm a programmer for Apple and I work on "Numbers". The person says, "huh"? And you have to say, "You know, Excel but for the Mac". Rewarding.
This weekend I copied some photo disks to give to Marlo's friends after they went indoor skydiving for her birthday. I did this on my Vista machine and took the disks upstairs to the party still underway. Lura's Mac laptop was on the counter so I thought I would just throw the disk in and start a slide show. Wrong, after 10 minutes of dicking around I never did figure out how to do it. I even imported everything into iPhoto. Still no go. On Vista you just double click a photo and click slideshow. That's a pretty easy and common use case, WTF Apple?
I have been trying to upgrade to windows 7 for a week or so now. Nothing works. The Upgrade assistant says all is good, it does literally everything and in the final minute it says, "This version of Windows could not be installed". Ahh, thanks - that's very helpful.
Today I took a few minutes to Google the error to see what I need to do. No real help was found but I love the advice given by this dude.
I feel silly I didn't think of this myself.
I did finally make it over the hump with the Apple Martini phone. It took a few weeks to give up the stuff on Blackberry that just works SO much better. I think if I had to boil it down to the thing I miss the most about the Blackberry it would be the red LED on top that says I have a message. With the Martini phone I have to wake it up, unlock it, goto the email thing, ahh – no message, put it back to sleep. I do that about 100 times a day, stupid. On the flip side, the voice mail is genius. It took a company with the size and influence of Apple to put enough pressure on the Telco's to make voice mail logical. Telcos hate logical and easy to use stuff. Just goes against their DNA.
Do I sound old? This stuff makes me feel old.