Editorial: Why MacOS is not meant for workplaces.

Okay… for those who know me, this just seems longtime coming.
For those who don’t, I’m not an Mac hater… Not an Apple basher, not an MS Fanboi… I’m just stating an observation.

And here it is: Mac OS is no longer designed for a workplace. At all. Period. There was reason for it and some good features that would have let it work in a workplace just fine… but Apple has slowly pulled them one by one until there is slim chance people will disagree with me.

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So here’s my longtime coming rant.

I run Leopard. I run it on nearly everything. I have it in a VM. It’s on my netbook. It’s on my laptop. (I won’t desecrate my desktop with it running native though).
I will NEVER upgrade beyond Leopard unless I am given it and never have to actually do any serious work on it. (Which is why I am okay with Snow Leopard on the contest system, mostly because it’s free and I will never have to deal with much more than a few UI’s before I am in media-heaven.)

Now for the meat:
1: Apple no longer supports serious data workers. They pulled the rug out from under anyone who works with anything more than the shiny overlay and pushes a mouse pointer across their farmville farm guiding their little tractor to harvest some foreign food product.
What I mean by that is: Apple has removed all seriousness from their OS, starting with changing the calculation of free space from base2 to base10. This simple change will have literally no effect to the mindless drones who buy Apple products so that they can stare at the shiny glowing apple on the lid of their MacBook, or who bought a Mac because their school had them and it’s all they know.
Anyone who knows anything about data knows that this is a bad idea. Every other serious contender within the business environment has designed with storage in mind, and changing from base2 to base10 is like telling people “it doesn’t care if you put diesel in you gas (or petrol) powered vehicle. It’ll still work”. It won’t. Serious data users loathed this idea. I’ve even seen people who have decided to downgrade their new i7 systems to Leopard so that they can keep a proper data calculation system. And it’s not an option you can just flip a switch on. Apple says that base10 is “less confusing” for it’s users. If they buy a 1gb flash drive, they don’t like finding out that they can’t actually stuff a gig of stuff on there. Apple supposedly tried to fix that. Please don’t force this sort of fix on EVERYONE though. If Lion lets us switch it off (and it will if Apple is smart), I won’t mind Lion. Otherwise, I’ll stick with Leo long after it’s 2 year support cycle is gone. That brings me to point 2: Support cycles.

Point 2: Support cycles… wait… I think I said that already.
Apple has the worst support cycles that I have ever known. New product is out, old product’s support is basically gone unless you paid extra monies for some “extended support” and even then, they’ll just tell you that they’re gonna replace it with a newer model and upsell you at the same time… to the tune of $300 for a new spacebar.
Companies with any sort of person with a brain in their head will dislike this idea. That alone is enough, but the software support is worse. New OS comes out, old one is dead. Just Dead. No sort of any sort of update that will revive it or patch any sort of problem. Dead. Sure… they still provide updates for a clean install, but don’t expect any sort of patch to roll out beyond what Apple had the day that their new OS was released on their latest Macs.

Third: No more XServe.
The fact that Apple has decided to stop making rack-mount servers is a huge indication that any sort of business will _not_ be seriously considering a Mac. You may ask: Why are rack-mount servers so special? The answer is simple: you put a server on the rack with all the other servers so that you can keep them in one nice and tidy place and keep them all cooled properly. Slapping a random desktop case into the shelf is a waste of space where about five or six rackmounts or even a set of battery backups. (or five). Wasted space is not good for a company which is small. Sure, a school may slap a re-purposed MacPro in the corner of their server room to power the few Macs in the art lab or something, but any bigger business will not appreciate this below-the-belt blow to any chance to get a Mac as a somewhat useful tool.

Fourth: Userbase.
Imagine if you will, a workplace filled with Mac users. Hundreds upon hundreds of people who are required to be told how everything must be and will accept anything and everything as truth. There is no chance to differ from what is already set. The employees must constantly be entertained because their meager mental capacity shows that spinning pinwheels and bouncing icons will distract from the problem that the Mac has stopped working properly, and therefore the employee will spend the next three hours clapping their hands and pointing at it giggling. And every time they try to do anything that Apple may frown upon, they could be chastised by the computer and driven to tears.

I know that that above illustration is a small stretch from what a Mac user will see other Mac users as… but it is true nonetheless… The Mac was not designed for any sort of serious work… well… I take that back… The Mac was originally designed as one of the most powerful and affordable computers on the market. It was the affordable business machine. What happened? Two things: Greed and… well… Steve Jobs came back.
Macs were built in the 80’s as a low cost alternative to the modern IBM PC. They were simpler, they were easier to run, easier to write code for… just simpler in general. They were “classy” for the day… and they were approved by (not designed by) Steve Jobs. When Steve had a day where his PMS was really bad and he forgot to take his Midol, he left, and he gave Apple the chance they needed to succeed. And they did, big time. They decided to license the MacOS operating system to other companies as long as they built their systems to a set of requirements. This was an amazingly good idea for Apple and it dug them out of the hold that Steve buried them in. When he came back, he killed off all the progress that was made and they went back in their little hole.

Now… say what you want, but this small list is just that, a small list of things that Apple has done to basically prove they are not a business machine, they’re a niche market of random crap. If you feel that this is a misrepresentation of what Apple has done\said, I’m all ears, but be warned, you’re gonna need to defend your position beyond just a few random and well pointed words\sticks\piles of fecal matter.



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