Everything’s Coming Up Milhouse: Some great commentary on the state of the Mac. Even though I’m generally a Mac hater, I don’t disgaree with anything written here.
The Mac has never experienced sustained growth at this sort of pace. Breaking this quarterly sales record isn’t a fluke — it’s part of a trend. What we’re seeing now is what Mac enthusiasts have been hoping to see for 20 years: more people deciding to buy a Mac. The question now is how big can this trend get.
I think Microsoft is boned in a big way, I really do. Vista has been a flop, and I don’t just say that off-handedly to try and be like everyone else. We have Vista on one machine here in the office — our conference room — so I use it off and on. I can say without reservation that I see zero reason to upgrade.
What’s sad about Vista is that it isn’t a spectacular flop for me — that might be commendable. My experience is worse: there’s just nothing to get excited about. You can’t even say Microsoft failed trying to do something amazing. To me, Vista is a XP with a different theme that makes me go looking for stuff that I used to be able to find.
So, anyway, hats off to Mac enthusiasts. You held out, kept the faith, and I think the next five years will reward you. And someday the Raiders will win the Superbowl again, and perhaps I’ll know what you feel like right now.