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Leopard vs. Windows Vista

As you can imagine, I’ve been involved with countless Windows Vista email threads over the past few days. One of them is with Stardock’s own Brad Wardell (a good friend of mine). He tried to hit me with the classic “I don’t pay for service packs” argument when discussing Apple’s impending Leopard upgrade.

“I challenge you to name what in Leopard justifies $149,” Brad interjected. “Because I sure can’t think of one.” Apparently, you’re not thinking hard enough – or you haven’t done your homework:

  • Time Machine (amazing interface, long overdue)
  • Mail updates (To Do, Notes, Stationery, RSS – Outlook killer)
  • iChat (live video backdrops, photobooth effects, screen sharing)
  • Spaces (awesome virtual desktop behaviors)
  • Dashboard (Dashcode, .Mac syncing)
  • Spotlight (search Macs on your network, inline preview)
  • iCal (CalDAV support, auto schedule, event dropbox)
  • Core Animation (for developers who understand design)
  • Boot Camp (’nuff said)
  • Other optimizations and tweaks (combined)

You *MUST* watch every single one of these Leopard videos to understand why I believe the price is completely justified. Apple issues security updates constantly (and no doubt will wrap them into Leopoard as well). This isn’t a service pack, dude. These are not trivial upgrades. You combine the features of this list with better parental control, seamless 64-bit compatibilities, wider accessibility, and… and… and… knowing that Apple will have another set of new, incremental, and system-wide upgrades in another couple years? Game over.

Microsoft’s Service Packs are free, and they offer us… security updates, which should be free to begin with. Oh, wait – and pop-up blockers for browsers that are sadly past their prime. I appreciate that “smaller” Microsoft teams release useful tools every so often (like Windows Live Writer), but your mom probably couldn’t find them in the first place – and doesn’t care about them to begin with. Apple has invested a significant amount of time to ensure that both our personal and professional lifestyles will be enhanced and extended by Leopard. Microsoft has been shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic – and Windows Vista proves it.

If it’s asinine to spend money on a set of tools which serve to make my life better, then could you please explain to me Stardock’s business model? Moreover, could you explain why Microsoft is allowed to charge for Windows Vista and Apple isn’t for Leopard? Don’t get hung up on version numbers, dude – they’re “pointless” at this stage of the game. Then, aside from the “given” nature of security updates, could you give me ten solid reasons why someone would want to pay $149 for a service pack from Microsoft!?

All you Windows fanatics need to get off your high horse for a second and realize what’s happening here. My name isn’t Chicken Little, and I’m certainly not alone in my belief that Leopard is far more compelling than Windows Vista.

Windows Vista Needs Family Counseling

Break out CALC.EXE and get ready to crunch some numbers. According to reports, Windows Vista US prices have been made public – and those prices have officially made baby Jesus cry. Actually, Jesus laughed first – and then he cried. I swear, Microsoft is its own worst enemy.

Off the shelf, Windows Vista Ultimate will cost the user $399 per copy – with subsequent licenses weighing in at $359 apiece. Upgrade prices for Ultimate are slightly less rapey ($259 with $233 on additionals). If you’re planning on upgrading your home network of five machines, you’re going to spend $1159 for 5 Ultimate upgrades. Conservatively, if you’re upgrading the same network to Home Basic, you’re going to spend $356.

Apple’s OS X is available at $199 for up to 5 computers. It’s that simple.

Safari on Windows

Safari on WindowsIt’ll crash if you look at it wrong, but at least we’ll soon have Safari on Windows (no thanks to Apple). Get Swift if you’d like to take a look, but don’t hold your breath for an amazing experience. It’s going to take a year or so before Swift gets stable enough to use as an alternative to your already-alternative browser. Why we still have to deal with Safari at this point is beyond me. It’s tough enough dealing with the inconsistences between Opera, IE7, and FireFox! I only know three people who use Safari in OS X by default, and they live in a mental institution. If you use Safari, too – please tell your sanitarium buddies I said “Hello.”

Apple iDontcare

From Thank Sucrets, a Steve Jobs fan site, comes news of a revolutionary service: Apple iDontcare. With this offering, users will finally be able to rent commercials through the iTunes Music store.

Instead of being forced to skip free commercials at home with a confusing remote control, iPod owners can now pay to borrow commercials and skip them with their friendly click wheel instead. This action has been heralded by experts as “a paradigm shiftâ€Â? in the way people are able to waste their money.

Apple has already filed a lawsuit against Thank Sucrets, claiming that Steve Jobs was deprived of the wind for his $90m yacht (due to the leak). iDontcare will continue to roll out at Apple’s WWDC, otherwise known as the “What Will Developers Chew?â€Â? conference.

Source: Apple
Domain: ThankSucrets.com

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