Re: [NTLK] The OQO should have been the new Newton?

From: Jon Glass (
Date: Thu Jun 06 2002 - 15:06:11 EDT

on 6/5/02 10:49 PM, Laurent Daudelin at

> Not me! Just reading that it runs Micro$oft Windows XP (gasp!) is enough
> deterrent for me. It's already too much that I have to deal with that
> inferior OS at work, I'll certainly not get anything that only looks like
> Windozzz...

OK, this is something I'm going to open my big mouth into. I love the MacOS,
have evangelized it for years, have used it exclusively since '94, and
almost exclusively since '87. I have always hated Windows, and considered it
a cheap knock-off of the Mac OS. Unfortunately, Apple itself has abandoned
the Mac OS with X. With X, Apple abandoned every core philosophy _behind_
the OS. Tell me that OS X is any simpler than XP. It isn't. In fact, in many
ways, XP is more like the Classic Mac OS than X is. I am no fan of X, and
will do everything in my power to keep it off my machines until Apple either
gets it right--i.e. Like the Classic OS, or I have no choice. XP, on the
other hand, with it warts and all, at least is heading in the right
direction. No, I am not pleased with the subscription model, and other
draconian licensing issues that Microsoft has introduced with XP, but the OS
itself is not so bad as is proclaimed. I have a close friend using it, and
after a few hiccups, it has settled down into a very stable and useable
system. I actually like playing with it. I will always choose the computer
that best fits my needs. I travel a lot, and need a small, light computer.
If I can reduce my baggage to one computer that does everything, I will
seriously consider it, regardless of who produces it, or what OS it is
running. Price is not an object in my opinion--you get what you pay for,
after all. :-) What matters to me is function. I will confess that Apple has
always impressed me with its quality. The fact that one of the chief
engineers of the Pismo and maybe TiBook has developed this OQO is, in my
book, a major plus--OS be hanged. :-) Remember, it was Jobs who rejected his
proposal, not the other way. :-)

-Jon Glass
Krakow, Poland

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