I Don't Care That You Switched

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"Such a rush to do nothing at all."
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Posted on January 20, 2007 5:40 PM in Blathery
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I know this may come across as hypocritical, but I just have to get it off my chest.

I don't care that you switched from a PC to a Mac.

Why is it that every time somebody makes the switch from one of these two operating systems to the other, I have to read all about it online? I assume people everywhere are doing this every day. There are also probably many, many people making the switch from Coke to Pepsi, from Nike to Reebok, from McDonald's to Burger King, and so on. But they aren't forcing their amazing stories down my throat.

So you made the switch. Good for you! How brave you are! I bet you can now do things like check email, browse the web, create documents, listen to music and print things.

Please let me know when you jump off the bridge, too. Thanks.

Update: This post was a little out of character for me, and Chu Yeow has called me out in the comments.

Comments

Chu Yeow on January 21, 2007 at 6:03 AM:

Hmm that's not something I thought Bernie Zimmerman would say :x

Personally I love to read switch stories, be it from Mac to Windows, Windows to Mac, Firefox to IE, KFC to vegan - it's one of the best forms of getting reviews. It's also what reading blogs is all about, reading people's opinions and experiences. I know you don't mean what you just said :p

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Bernie Zimmermann on January 21, 2007 at 2:47 PM:

Like I said, I'm a hypocrite ;) If it wasn't for your switch story from Bloglines to Google Reader, I probably wouldn't have given the latter a second look.

I think this may be more a result of my disdain for the "my OS is better than yours" arguments I typically see on sites like Digg and Slashdot.

The mood I was in at the time of posting made hitting the submit button a no-brainer. I now regret it a bit. But, sometimes you just gotta air out your laundry.

Thanks for keeping me honest, Chu Yeow.

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Chu Yeow on January 22, 2007 at 10:25 PM:

Heh I know how it feels there's too much Mac OS stuff on Digg these few months - if I were still a Windows user I'd feel pretty left out.

Anyway, good choice on the switch to Google Reader, though I pretty much have the same gripes you mentioned regarding publicizing my subscriptions, the missing default 'sort by' preference, and the poor scrolling experience (I pretty much use the spacebar or use the mouse to click through articles).

And the fetching feature - I'm not sure if this really is the case, but from what I've observed it fetches the next 20 items only after it reaches the end of the current 20 items, causing a short wait. It annoys me on a slow connection but I'm sure this will be fixed.

Other than that, I love it. I've tried switching to Newsfire (Mac OS X news reader, very popular) but just had to go back to Google Reader for it's killer feature.

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