Dvorak Isn’t Crazy
- April 5th, 2006
- WoA Feature Articles
Awhile back, John C. Dvorak wrote a column for PCMagazine Online illustrating his opinions about Apple switching to the Windows Operating System. While this article listed many good and well researched points, many people were dead against the idea, and made sure everyone knew it.
….He might not be so crazy after all.
Today, Apple announced Boot Camp, a revolutionary way to dual boot Windows and Mac OS X on Macs. Now, before you go out and buy a Mac, ready to get started, stop; there are a few things to think about.
First off, Apple does not sell Microsoft Windows – you have to buy your own copy.
Second, Apple does not support Microsoft Windows – if you have a problem, you are out of luck.
Third, you need an Intel Mac – you can’t use that old G4 in the closet to run Windows.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Not only can you get the Boot Camp Beta now, but also with Leopard, it will be built in. That means, built into the OS, you will be able boot Windows. That sounds great and all, but for Apple, it is just another brick in the wall, and we wouldn’t want that. However, this brick in the wall business won’t happen, because many people believe this concept will be taken to the next level…
Some people believe that you can have a Windows application on your desktop, and when you click it, you will be booted quickly into Windows. The other way around, you can have a Mac application on your Windows (on the Macintosh computer) desktop, and you can quickly boot into OS X.
This would be the turning point for Apple’s market share. Consumers don’t trust Microsoft, but they are forced to use their software because of compatibility issues. That is all about to change. Here is an example I found on a website: (Weblogs Inc.)
“Imagine a school budget that simply replaces all the computers campus-wide with new Intel Macs that can run anything we throw at them. Need to run Windows? Image the iMac with the WinXP image. Need to run Mac OS X? Image the iMac with the Tiger (or Leopard) image. Need to run either (because it’s a dual-purpose classroom)? Install both and teach the lab assistants and instructors how switch between the environments. It might even be scheduled to reboot the classroom between classes so it’s transparent to the end-user.”
What do you think? I think that Dvorak isn’t crazy, and us Macheads are slowly being pushed to the Windows OS.