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Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Slightly Geeky

For reasons too hilarious to relate, I was finally forced to buy a Mac this weekend.

Now, frankly, I've made my feelings on Talking Tupperware quite plain in the past, but actually owning one proves everything I've ever suspected about the annoying little box. I mean, they seem so... proud. Like when they're switched on - they do their triumphant 'Ta-Daaaaa!' noise, where you fully expect it to jump up and do this - and it probably will when i-Jazz-Hands is free to download.

And bluntly, I'm not happy about spending a couple of hundred quid on anything that looks like it should come with brightly-wrapped sweets in it.

Anyway. This from the web. I know, it's older than I am, but still, it's still relevant. It's what would happen If Operating Systems Were Air-Lines...

Air DOS
Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again. Then they push again, jump on again, and so on...

Windows Air
The terminal is pretty and colourful, with friendly stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off. After about 10 minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever.

Windows NT Air
Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses much bigger planes, and takes out all the other aircraft within a 40-mile radius when it explodes.

Mac Airlines
All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look and act exactly the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are gently but firmly told that you don't need to know, don't want to know, and everything will be done for you without your ever having to know, so just shut up.

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