Away with Windows!

Topic / Technology

I’m really sick of Microsoft Windows. If I wasn’t already so settled into this operating system with all my apps, files, mail, settings, etc., I would move to Mac or Linux in a heartbeat. Here’s a list of things the top things I hate about Windows:

  • All the maintenance it requires
  • The endless security threats of viruses, malware, spyware, other things taking control over my system, etc.
  • The feeling that it can be thrown off balance and crashed with little to no effort
  • The fact that it is so easy for even simple audio CDs to plant invisible spyware in my system (Sony, what were you thinking?!)
  • That some websites can have more control over my system than I can
  • It’s ability to mess up even the most simple tasks (like ruining my 1GB flash drive for no particular reason)
  • The programs that intermittently stop responding
  • It’s not like I’m some ignorant computer user who does a lot of stupid things to their system. I mean, I make a part-time living off of fixing these type of issues for other people. How can people who are uneducated about their computers stand to live with such a temperamental and fragile operating system? I just want something that works, is simple and clean. I want something that gives me 100% control over how it looks and operates. I want it to remain stable even if something else in the system goes wrong. Why can’t the different components work like modules so if one module goes bad it doesn’t affect any other parts of the system?

    I especially want something where I don’t have to continually clean off constant stream of junk that somehow finds it’s way to the hidden corners of my system, the stuff that slows it down, sucks up resources, and sends off information about me and my computer usage. I’m tired of feeling like I’m competing with every other digital company out there for rights over my computer! Why does Windows have to make it so easy for them to whatever they want with it without my permission?

    I set up a Linux system that’s currently sitting on the coffee-table behind me. I haven’t yet officially crossed over to Linux or anything, but I do enjoy playing around with it. Granted, it a little less user-friendly than Windows, (which, in my opinion, may contribute to many of the aforementioned problems), but it’s MY computer. Learning to make it work really isn’t the issue for me — that just takes time. The issue for me is another frustration: Why are a lot of my favorite applications only available for Windows? Rhetorical question, I know the answer, but it’s still frustrating that Microsoft has me chained to a product I don’t even like or want to use anymore.

    Maybe someday soon I’ll take the plunge and ditch Windows as my primary operating system. Maybe I’m still waiting for the final straw that will push me over the edge. When that happens it’ll be a decision between Linux or Mac, but that’s another story for another day.

    Posted on November 5, 2005

    • Tim

      Yeah, it's a big enough state that we can hide a little. :wink: There's a bunch of us, though. Off the top of my head I can think of another one here in the Dallas area, one in Houston area, and another in San Antonio, but I'm sure there's probably more.

    • Meagan

      Mac! Definitely! I am on my fourth Mac computer: LCII, imac, and 2 ibooks. I didn't really HAVE to get rid of any of the others, but it just presented itself as less expensive to buy a new one after about 5 years of heavy usage than to update it. I have ZERO complaints about my Macs. I don't have to worry about viruses, i don't have to spend money on programs that get rid fo junk, I don't have to constantly worry that it's going to randomly crash on me…and it looks cool! I just feel like it's a really sturdy system and extremely easy to navigate. I'm no computer expert but I think Windows is horribly unfriendly to work with. I still cannot figure out why people put up with all that garbage!
      And what is a Covenant church? Is that a little denomination? Never heard of it!

    • thanks for the encouragement! i glanced at your site and saw your church is covenant… crazy, as i’m finishing up at north park right now. i didn’t even know there were covenant churches in texas!

    • mac…all the way.

      you'll never be sorry.

    • Tim

      I've used Mac a couple times and it was ok. Last night a friend showed me around on his powerbook a little, too. Mac OS does indeed look pretty slick, function well, easy to navigate, and is pretty responsive. However, it would require that I purchase a new computer. With Linux I can keep all my same hardware and switch the OS and everything for free. Linux wouldn't cost me a thing, not now, not ever. You gotta admit that's a pretty attractive feature. If Mac was free I'd probably go with that instead, but I definitely can't justify purchasing a new computer when I already have two working ones. The saga is not yet over. We'll see what I actually decide sometime. Thanks for your votes for Mac, though.

      Meagan, the Covenant church is a denomination, technically Evangelical Covenant. It's a branch from the Evangelical Free church from back in the 1800's or something. Don't worry if you've never heard of it — I never did either until I candidated for the youth pastor position here.

    • Meagan

      Oh! I went to an E-Free church in Tallahassee. Good stuff. On another note…It's really hard to explain denominations to someone who is not familiar with them. I had to do that tonight, and I found myself floundering. I wasn't trying to defend them or promote them…but simply explain what they were…and I had the hardest time explaining it without them sounding ridiculous. Perhaps they are a bit ridiculous at times…

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