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Further thoughts on Windows 10, et al

So it’s been about 5 months since Windows 10 became my daily use OS. I still have my iMac, it’s just not in use too often. Or at all. So what do I think about it?

tl;dr: it’s a toss up

The more detailed post:
Again, it’s a toss up. Both Windows 10 and macOS have their good and bad points, and their good and bad points cancel each other out. That said, the hardware Windows run on is lightyears beyond anything available from Apple in the same price range. And at least the Dell is upgradable. The Dell seems more like a computer, where an Apple product seems like a fashion accessory.

I was going to do a program by program comparison between programs, but again,  these things are mostly a toss up. Colloquy and HexChat are both free and both do IRC very well. Any annoyances between either of them are negligible. Same with Vienna and QuiteRSS. Notepad++ is far better than anything free on macOS, but GarageBand is far better than any free DAW on Windows. At least that I’ve found so far.

Also, many of my daily use programs are cross platform. Thunderbird, Firefox, Visual Studio Code, etc. The era of open source software makes differences between different OSes smaller and smaller.

Don’t get me wrong. I hate Microsoft. Always will. But Apple is every bit as evil and violates your privacy in the same ways people bitch about MS. Eventually I’ll install a flavor of Linux, but even then I won’t give up Windows 10. Simply put, it’s a very good OS. Not great, but then again, nothing Apple has released since Snow Leopard has been great either. And again, every year Apple products become harder and harder to fix and upgrade, which makes them a glorified paperweight after a couple years.

In general I’m just happy to have a fast computer that didn’t break the bank. Even if it means giving money to MS.

Microsoft Edge

I hate to say it, but Edge is a really good browser. Actually a great browser. It’s true that it’s based on Chromium, but Microsoft actually made some improvements from Chrome. And as evil as MS and Bill Gates are (and they are evil little fuckers), they’re not more evil than Google. Maybe less so.

If anything, I’m just amused to be using a MS browser again after so many years away. I remember a time (1997-2002) that Internet Explorer was the best browser around. Netscape Navigator became a bloated corpse that couldn’t correctly render CSS, and Opera was still not quite up to snuff. Even in its early days, MSIE was the best browser for Mac OS X. Safari was the first non-MSIE browser that was actually a viable replacement. I remember the first few versions that came out in early 2003. Very rough, but also a breath of fresh air. This was months before Firefox (originally called Phoenix, then Firebird) was popular and as usable. Let alone Chrome (which came out September 2008).

All of which is to say that Edge is both a great browser and has some nostalgia value added to boot.