The trouble with Windows - You cant polish a turd!

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by whlphil, Oct 22, 2009.

  1. whlphil macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2008
    This probably isnt the video you would like on the front page of BBC news on the launch day of Windows 7

    Poor old Microsoft Corporate VP struggles to get Windows to behave on a touch screen monitor

    What ever they do to Windows if you dont make the hardware you dont get the results!

    Poor lady - very funny tho!
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    That wasn't her. Watch it again, it's clearly a different person (looks like a man) on a different computer shot at a different time and edited in to the interview.
  3. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
  4. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    "You cant polish a turd!"

    Point 1. Grow up, seriously. Plenty of people (myself included) do everything they need to without problems in that 'turd'.

    Point 2. You can, actually.
  5. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    That vista machine had 2 500G drives, why would the user back up to an external drive? Why not transfer between hdd to hdd.
    1TB of space only using 150G maybe 200G. IMO something doesn't seem right there.
    I have upgraded 2 vista machines with much lesser specs and it didn't take anywhere close to 11 hours to upgrade both of them.
  6. whlphil thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2008
    Dont get me wrong I actually quite like Win 7 been using the RC since its release and my other machine is updating at the side of me now to the GM that arrived today, but my point is that -

    It s the release day with a senior MS VP and the thing doesnt behave! Stabbing at the screen to drag around windows unsuccessfully, zooming that turns out to rotate by mistake then rotate doesnt react and then reacts spinning it round 2 twice just thought it wasnt really the best showcase of the next best thing!.. but it is very funny to watch..

    I'm guessing the link is to Mythbusters so i'll refrain as i think thats in our current series in UK and i dont want to spoil it!

    I see Windows as being akin to a Ford yep there good enough and serve thier purpose (I also like Ford so dont misinterpret that either had a Focus ST and an RS) but Mac's are like Porsche's thier fast and sleek and if you can stomach the expense they enrich your life.
  7. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    Oh hell - someone else falls for the fundamentally flawed car analogy.

    If you're going to go for the car analogy - then imagine two cars.

    Identical engines.
    Identical chassis
    Identical suspension
    Identical wheels
    Identical stereo
    Identical brakes

    But one has trick paint job and is 50% more expensive.
  8. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    It's kind of ironic that one of those MythBuster guys is a big time Mac user. :D
  9. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    Not especially ironic. I suggest you invest in a dictionary.

    There is nothing 'turd' like about Windows. If it ACTUALLY were turd like, its market penetration would be a little less than it is, don't you think?
  10. CrackedButter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    You can't polish a turd but you can certainly paint over it.
  11. mac2x macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    Keep your suggestions to yourself, huh? :rolleyes:

    You are obviously unaware of how archaic and outdated the underlying concepts of Windows are. And I don't care if you claim to have never had problems. That's not representative of a lot of other people's experiences.
  12. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC

    PC's are to Macs what Toyota is to Lexus... Same platform, different experience from buying, to ownership, to service.
  13. KeriJane macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2009
    Another Analogy

    I kinda like the Car analogy, but feel that it does a disservice to Ford.
    I mean, Really! What has Ford ever done to be compared to WINDOWS? :eek:

    So here's another one: (Analogy, that is)

    Windows is to Mac as Star Trek Movies are to Star Wars movies.

    Why is Windows like Star Trek movies? (not the TV series)

    > It's a cheap ripoff of the original

    > The first one bombed and (mostly) every alternate one thereafter

    > They just keep coming out with episode after episode until people can't take it anymore and then make a few more just for emphasis.

    > Their fans (Trekkies / Microserfs) stand up for each and every episode / version regardless of how mind-numbingly awful it is.

    Why is Mac like Star Wars movies?

    > It's an original, the first of a kind. (pretty much - I know there was 2010, a Space Odyssey and pre-Apple windowing OS's)

    > Fewer of the episodes bombed at the Box Office / Apple Store

    > It's usually an enjoyable experience to use a Mac or watch Star Wars

    > Their fans have no problem telling everyone just how awful a bad one is.

    Have Fun!
    (Please don't get all serious, OK?) ;)
  14. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    See - I've never liked a Star Wars movie. I walked out of Ep 1 and demanded my money back. It was shallow - over produced - poorly scripted. It was Lucas's wet dream - on celluloid. Much like Apple is the wet-dream of Jobs. It's OK - as long as you want exactly what he's going to give you.

    Oh - and VirtualRain - my 'Lexus' has spent far far longer at the dealership getting repairs than my 'Toyotas'. I'm finding Win 7 a far nicer place to be that OS X at the moment.
  15. Eric5h5 macrumors 68020

    Dec 9, 2004
    Sure there is.

    No. The situation Microsoft managed to end up with in regards to Windows meant that they could put out pretty much anything as long as it at least mostly worked, and sales would be largely the same. So that's what they did.

  16. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
    Except the Toyota and Lexus don't have the EXACT same parts. The Mac only differs with the outer paint job and the little instruments that tell you what's going on.
  17. Jason Beck macrumors 68000

    Jason Beck

    Oct 19, 2009
    Cedar City, Utah
  18. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    While they use the same drivetrain (eg. CPU, Memory, HD) and a lot of other parts, they differ on the choice of interior materials, finish and tech level (OS), exterior styling such as body style, wheels, tires, paint choices (Enclosure/Screen), and the dealership experience (Apple store vs. Best Buy).

    I agree they both suffer from the same quality issues, but Lexus does sell a premium product and ownership experience at a premium price, just like Apple, while Toyota is a car for the masses just like PC's.
  19. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    There's nothing premium about Mac's. It's just a matter of taste. INdeed, in terms of hardware, they're NOT premium. There's nothing premium about a lack of ports, a display adaptor that demands you pay more (and doesn't work), only one audio socket, and USB ports that are too close together.

    That leaves the OS - and in my opinion, Win 7 offers just as good, if not a slightly better environment in which to do work.
  20. AndyGordon macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2009
    Cambridgeshire, UK
    Yawn - The same...

    fanboyism on both sides - I personally am a Mac user at home, and Windows at work - thats just the way it is.

    Personally I hope Windows 7 works well - I wont buy it, but for those that do, I trust it will do what you need in as easy a way as possible - just as OSX (mainly) does.

    Why the constant haranguing between win vs OSX still amazes me - I made a personal choice that I am happy with, as everyone else can with a Win platform

    At the end of the day, the OS is just the intermediary between the Hardware and what I want to do (my applications) - nothing more

    Just my tuppence worth

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