Winter's over. As the summer months approach, my pledge to you, dear
reader, is that I will be as sympathetic when people complain about the
heat as people have been to me when I complained about the cold in the
winter. Here's to no 120-degree days.
Editorialist's Note</b: Not all Mac users fall into the mold I create
in this article.
It was inevitable. With some blind people making the change from
Windows-based computers to Macs, it was inevitable. When these people
made the change, a huge number of them made it absolutely loud and clear
that they were changing platforms, and anyone who didn't was,
essentially, an idiot. One of the reasons for some of us idiots not
changing was that Windows is still the OS of choice for the majority: we
wanted compatibility. "Oh no, you idiots," states this self-righteous
subset of Mac users, "Everything Windows can do, the Mac can do a
zillion times better, more efficiently, and you're a major idiot for not
changing, you obviously don't have the technical skills to change, like
smart Mac users like I do."
Well, now we're seeing it. One of the consequences of moving from the
majority to the minority is that software developers will still favor
the majority. So a program comes out, the developer will target the
biggest audience and often make a Windows client available first. Then
comes the cry of injustice from the Mac user: This is unacceptable, it's
unfair, I have the right to use the same programs that the idiots who
didn't switch are using, and I want them now, now, now, now, now!
To these people, I say one thing: You made your bed, sleep in it. You
switched to a Mac for a reason, and no doubt it was a good choice for
you personally. But just as there are disadvantages of sticking with
Windows, welcome to a real world in which there are also disadvantages
to switching to the Mac. Life's just like that: you can't have your cake
and eat it to.