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OPINION APRIL 9 , 2001
Talkin' Smack: It Keeps Going....

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"Uh...."

I know, I know. But just hear me out. This is how people learn to live together peacefully. Just reserve your judgement until the end, OK?

"Well...."

Fine. Now, in my lifetime, I have used the Mac for 14 years, and I have used Windows for three weeks. Crashing the Mac had become a staple of my computer experience, and I was shocked and appalled by the lack of crashing during those sad weeks when when I was forced by a cruel and unusual boss—my current boss, actually—to use a Windows machine. It was awful. It was ugly. Man, the gamma was so bad that I might as well have been working blindfolded. But that thing didn't crash—at least not until, to my great relief, we upgraded that system to Windows NT. Then it started crashing all the time, and I felt much better.

But the Mac has always been a crasher. Blame it on third-party developers. Blame it on poorly written extensions. Whatever. It crashed a lot. I mean two or three times a day.

But we finally have a system that doesn't—at least not on relatively current hardware. (PowerBooks don't count. There's still some bad juju there left over from Outbound or something.) It almost makes me wonder why someone would steal my Macintosh and replace it with a machine with an even better-looking OS and one that, for some reason, refuses to go down.

I know that some people have experienced crashes, particularly on G3s and PowerBooks. (You shouldn't run this on a G3 anyway. The GUI is way too slow with all that "realtime"—Apple wishes—window resizing an such.)

No, this is not an OS ready for the professional market yet, but it will be soon, and when it is, Mac users are going to have to get used to a new fact of life: a stable computer.

"Is that it?"

That's it, reader.

"Dave, you are an ass."

I know, dear reader. I know.

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