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My Mac sucks

posted by Jason Kottke Nov 25, 1998

I don't want to start a holy war here, but what is the deal with you Mac fanatics? I've been sitting here at my freelance gig in front of a Mac (a 8600/300 w/64 Megs of RAM) for about 20 minutes now while it attempts to copy a 17 Meg file from one folder on the hard drive to another folder. 20 minutes. At home, on my Pentium Pro 200 running NT 4, which by all standards should be a lot slower than this Mac, the same operation would take about 2 minutes. If that.

In addition, during this file transfer, Netscape will not work. And everything else has ground to a halt. Even BBEdit Lite is straining to keep up as I type this.

I won't bore you with the laundry list of other problems that I've encountered while working on various Macs, but suffice it to say there have been many, not the least of which is I've never seen a Mac that has run faster than its Wintel counterpart, despite the Macs' faster chip architecture. My 486/66 with 8 megs of ram runs faster than this 300 mhz machine at times. From a productivity standpoint, I don't get how people can claim that the Macintosh is a superior machine.

Mac addicts, flame me if you'd like, but I'd rather hear some intelligent reasons why anyone would choose to use a Mac over other faster, cheaper, more stable systems.

I made a decision a

posted by Jason Kottke Nov 23, 1998

I made a decision a couple days ago. I'm going to stop using all lowercase text in my writing (except for here because the style has already been established and I don't care to change it).

Why change? It's getting old, and it is harder for people to read. I'll still use it occasionally, when it is warranted, but for the most part, I'll be using capital letters again, just like most of you.

So, if you receive a piece of personal correspondence from me that's written in lowercase, feel free to kick my ass.

No fleas?

posted by Jason Kottke Nov 20, 1998

The adults had us fooled when we were kids. Yes they did. And I'm not talking about the Easter bunny or Santa Claus or the booger man. I'm talking about the flea circus. I think I was probably 16 or 17 years old before I figured out that there weren't actually any fleas in a flea circus. It was all just a trick, brought upon us by adults and Tom & Jerry cartoons.

Metababy launches

posted by Jason Kottke Nov 19, 1998

Greg Knauss launched a brand-spanking new metababy. You can post HTML to it by sending email to [email protected]. The interesting thing is that no one has done anything malicious to it yet.


posted by Jason Kottke Nov 07, 1998

Speaking of backslash dot com all day long, what does the backslash have to do with the Web?

The joy of cereal

posted by Jason Kottke Nov 06, 1998

I've rediscovered the joys of cereal. It's the perfect food for me and my go-go lifestyle: fast, easy, and fun! Backslash dot com all day long, you know.

You've Got Mail

posted by Jason Kottke Nov 05, 1998

Have you heard about Tom Hanks' and Meg Ryan's new movie, "You've Got Mail"? It's just like Tom Hanks' and Meg Ryan's old movie, "Sleepless in Seattle". Except with computers. They should have just called it "Sleepless in Cyberspace".

Stealing from 0sil8

posted by Jason Kottke Nov 03, 1998

Another stolen something from 0sil8. Someone finally took an idea. Cool.

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