Another One Bites the Dust

And another one gone, and another one gone
Another one bites the dust
Hey, Im gonna get you too
Another one bites the dust

Of course, that’s not how Kyle sees it; nor should he. But Gates & Co. sure ought to be taking a look. Make no mistake: it’s one thing for new and/or novice computer users to opt for a Mac, but when longtime power users like myself and Kyle begin dropping from the PC/Windows scene like flies, isn’t it about time to seriously wonder? It’s like this: I’m three months into this experience and I’m more convinced daily it was the right move.

Take a look at this. And Kyle has some integration notes here. I’ve been thinking about the same thing in terms of cable/dish vs. "total on demand" for months. As it is, I watch almost nothing live, anymore. I’ve been using DVR, watching when I want and sliding past the ads for a few years. This is the next step. Just pay for what you want to watch, when you want to watch it, all commercial free. This is perfect, in fact, for the cabin. We have no cable or dish, but we do have a substantial DVD library. But why bother with that, anymore? Why spend even $10 on a movie (or double) when you can rent it without going to the store, worrying about when to return it, paying late fees, or messing with movies by mail and getting them sent back. Plus, iTunes has most of the TV shows you like to watch, too. And, if you want to watch it again at some later date, then just rent it again. Simple. You’re still under the cost of purchase. About the only thing I can see buying is all the classic kids movies and ‘toons that get watched over and over and over.

What I think I’m going to do is get three Apple TV boxes, two for here, and one for the cabin. I’m paying $130 or so for cable, and I should be able to cut that down to basic, with HD, and save a ton. Comcast’s On Demand is cool, so we’ll keep that. Otherwise, just rent and watch.

Another thing: I actually watched my first rental via iTunes (Superbad, which was indeed as the name implies) this weekend on my iPhone, and it was a great way to watch. Go find a quiet spot, pop in the earphones, and watch. It took hardly any battery, and an 8gig phone will hold several movies for a plane trip (along with hundreds of songs). I will definitely do that next time I have a long flight.

I also had the misfortune of trying to get something working right on the in-laws relatively new Vista PC this weekend. What a god dammed mess. People had to flee the room, and then I realized it had been some time since I was shouting obscenities at a computer. No need to go into the details. It kind of reminded me of what a drug addicted person must feel like. When they’re addicted, they often don’t really feel that bad. Then they get off the stuff; but if they have a setback, now they understand how dreadfully bad it was. I wasn’t even a Vista user, but it made me see just how deficient even XP is in terms of just simple use that ought to be obvious.

I hate to pile on Gates, because there’s no doubt in my mind that he brought personal computing to the masses. I used to disregard all the Macsnootiness as just sour grapes. But have you been listening, lately? Where is the Macsnootiness now? The fact is, they barely need to care about PCs or Windows, anymore. Walk into any retail Apple outlet, and just see for yourself if they give a damn what Gates is up to.

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Richard Nikoley

I started writing Free The Animal in late 2003 as just a little thing to try. 20 years later, turns out I've written over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from diet, health, philosophy, politics, social antagonism, adventure travel, expat living, location and time independent—while you sleep— income by geoarbitrage, and food pics. I intended to travel the world "homeless," but the Covidiocy Panicdemic squashed that. I became an American expat living in Thailand. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. ... I leave the toilet seat up. Read More


  1. Kyle Bennett on January 22, 2008 at 15:57

    Well, I haven't abandoned Windows entirely. There will still be some things I can't do on the Mac, though the only one I can think of offhand is Windows development (I have begun learning Cocoa/Obj-C, though, so even that may become a legacy skill in the foreseeable future). The change is that, since I got this "outdated" Mac Mini a month ago, I've had to use the Windows computer *once*, and that was for a website that crashed Firefox on the Mac.

    I've noticed that in some categories of software that I use, the top products are *Mac* only, or were developed for Mac then ported to Windows.

    And here's the kicker about Cocoa. It appears that Apple has created a language, framework, and development environment that allows significantly faster development than the best that MS has to offer. Not just incrementally faster, but multiples faster. And I'm talking about software that is complete, stable, secure, and uses all the bells and whistles of Leopard/Tiger. I think that is the advantage of Mac that the general public doesn't see. But have you noticed how fast Apple itself is putting out new software? And with a fraction of the staff MS has? And third-party development is picking up fast, with a lot of very high-quality work being done.

  2. Kyle Bennett on January 22, 2008 at 19:20


    I'm not really either. I was lucky enough to find a used Mac Mini with Leopard for $400.00. It's just powerful enough for my day to day activity, but it won't handle anything more serious I might get into. If I do need to move up to an iMac, or to get an iBook, I'm not sure what I'll do.

    Though it might be worth eating dog food for a few months 😉

    And the thing is that it's not really impressive in the knock your socks off kind of way. It's impressive in the sense that I forget it's even there. It stays out of the way so I can just work. It's not perfectly so, for instance I just noticed what a pain it can be to "catch" a bouncing dock icon to click on it, but overall, I can't tell you what a relief it all is after a lifetime of Windows.

  3. Greg Swann on January 22, 2008 at 14:29

    Good on ya, both! A brave new world…

  4. RWW on January 22, 2008 at 18:49

    I'm not wealthy enough to go exclusively Apple. I do have an iBook that was given to me some time ago, but it's never really impressed me.

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