My boss/friend recently tipped me off to a Wired News article about a subculture of Windows users who like to “skin” their user interfaces to appear as much like Apple’s OS X as possible. As a Mac zealot, he of course wonders why people would waste their time trying to imitate something when they could just get the real thing. But I really get where these folks are coming from, even if I have no clue where they find the time to do all this stuff. Have they no lives?
First of all, I grant that the OS X interface is a lot slicker than Windows XP’s. That said, I doubt it matters much to those who are doing the customizing. To dip into the realm of sweeping generalization for a moment, here is one of the main differences I notice between Windows and Mac fans: Windows fans like to tinker with the OS. They like to push their programs until they break. They like to tweak the system until it screams. And they like to “mod” the operating system until it looks like something entirely different.
It’s the same kind of difference that you see between those who like to buy the brand-new, beautifully designed car and take it to the shop whenever there’s a squeak and those who’ll take the beater, rip apart the engine, and rebuild it into a souped-up hot rod.
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