Thursday, March 20, 2008

Why is Mac beautiful?

As my friend has also become an usability enthusiast I was asking him about his views on the effectiveness of using different form elements on web forms. We had a nice talk over it and after some time the talk drifted towards another interesting topic
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Friend: see if you can fit your requirement in this, and implement it, easy to use patterns http://developer.yahoo.com/ypatterns/index.php

Me: yahoo is so helpful. It will be a shame if they get sold to MS

Friend: no but still I do not think they are worth 40bn and all that’s overrated. Even MS is helpful in some ways

Me: I’m not saying MS is not helpful but for the web culture yahoo is way better than MS

Friend: yes, for web yahoo is doing more. MS is not doing much in internet. may be they do not care

Me: ya they don’t care. or they are arrogant

Friend: I don’t think they are arrogant

Me: I don’t know what new they have done in their new hotmail

Friend: I am comparing Mac with windows I would say MAC is arrogant and they have to be like that to be beautiful

Me: ya windows is arrogant as in they think the world loves them and will use anything they make. yahoo cant think like that; to an extent Google can

Friend: problem with windows is it is such a huge mess i.e. if you call that a mess

Me: but I seriously don’t know how they can keep that huge ass OS development intact without making it a mess with all those vendors mostly Indian. is apple outsourcing their OS development?

Friend: making windows, beautiful like Mac will be like saying India shining

Me: if so they have some serious quality control in place

Friend: Mac is not outsourcing anything

Me: hmm

Friend: Mac is completely controlled by Apple. So it is beautiful and works for many

Me: just one example, in outlook if u want to mark a mail as spam u right click on it and it will ask u four questions which will take my half an hour brain process time and a friend's help

Friend: :) use Google mail

Me: the same Microsoft has made entourage for Mac which has just one button to mark as spam. so isn’t that arrogance

Friend: no not really

Me: apple has restrictions I know for the level of offering options for the users

Friend: see windows traditionally has been a whore. it has to be like that for the windows people to love it. Mac on the other hand is like aiswarya rai; only abhishek gets to f*** her. So who is making many happy? The whore is. Hence windows is popular

Me: I’m speechless, that was one hell of an analogy

Friend: f*** as in, doing all sorts of hardware and software hacks

Me: hmm

Friend: I have this Mac mini on my desk. I have 1GB on it. i also bought 2GB ram separately from an online site; not apple. I am still kind of 2 minded whether to open it or not. there is no screw to open it; I have to use putty knife. yes, the other argument is, let apple handle the RAM upgrades anyway. you get the point?

Me: yes that’s how they keep it beautiful

Friend: yes

Me: won’t let others to finger it

Friend: exactly we cannot say its arrogance its protection of their property

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Phew

2 comments:

Susheel Chandradhas said...

Yeah for Mac!
Yeah for Steve Jobs!

Raj said...

I am a keyboard guy. In Mac I have to do more key strokes for mouse less operations. Some operations I can not even perform without a mouse. The point is windows & Mac are like Rehman & Ilaiyaraja, not comparable.

On the another note, this article started like it talks about UI elegance, but it diverted to usability. There is no doubt everybody votes for Mac for its fascinating UI.