In part, itâ€™s just politics in play, but the eternal rivalry between Mac and PC users sometimes gets just a little too extreme. I mean, in a world where Bill Gates and Steve Jobs can get along, youâ€™d expect that Microsoft and Apple will, at times, play nicely together too. Indeed, Time magazine refers to Gates and Jobs as â€œfrenemies,â€ a newly-coined term that describes the situation, where the pair seems to have a close personal relationship, yet head companies that are, at times, fierce competitors.
I try not to have a knee-jerk reaction to the Mac versus PC argument. While I have criticized Microsoft quite often for the things I think they do wrong, I actually regard computers as just tools to get the job done. Most times, this means that Iâ€™ll use my Mac. But there are times where Windows is surely up to the task, even if itâ€™s only because thereâ€™s no Mac version of a specific application. Of course, then thereâ€™s always Parallels Desktop to the rescue.
So Iâ€™m going to talk about Microsoft in a positive way this time, so let the chips fall where they may.
One of the best things Microsoft has going for it is their line of input devices. I have used my trusty Microsoft Comfort keyboard â€” kind of a half-way approach between traditional and ergonomic designs â€” religiously for well over a year now. My aging fingers took to it as a duck to water, and I can type rapidly and long and not feel the strain. Yes, the dark grays used for its exterior seem drab and dull, but I donâ€™t like at my keyboards much anyway, so I donâ€™t concern myself about such matters.
Story continued in this week’s Tech Night Owl Newsletter.
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