MacAddict

Macaddict

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First of all I just want to say I viewed your biography this evening on A&E. As a fellow "Macaddict", I am first of all indebted to the genius of your invention and how it has made my life more pleasant. Second of all, I am equally impressed with you as an extremely decent and moral human being that has placed himself above the "Greedmill". And last but certainly not least, I've been trying to convince a close friend that Macs are simply easier and more reliable to use than PCs. His reply is that my opinions are just advertising and propaganda. Any advice on how to deal with it?

Woz

Unfortunately, we once had a valid point. But it's hard to say why, logically, now. The best thing going for the Macintosh is that it's rarer. We can feel more special, like we are making a sacrifice to have a 'different' machine. The design fits into home interiors better. There's less software so there's less to go wrong or be incompatible with other software. Macs are very good, but I don't think that you can get anyone to switch platforms based on that.

Now let's say that your friend has an older mother that has no computer experience at all, but who 'might' want to get on the internet. You could make the case that her first experience may determine whether she uses or avoids the internet for the rest of her life. The less techie looking, more home styled, Macintosh might be a lot safer way to insure this.

Then again, WebTV might be the safest of all.

Computers would get simpler

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In an interview with MacAddict, you said that you hoped computers "would get simpler, but they always get more complex." Do you still feel that way?

Woz

Yes. It's hard to explain many functions and error messages. Even the words are very hard to understand. The basic simplicity and the sophisticated features of powerful programs are hard to find, especially since menu and setup wording is not the best. More than almost anything else is the problem of having lots of interesting and fun and useful programs that don't go well with the latest OS upgrades. It's sometimes very hard for anyone but an expert to solve such problems. So the students wind up being slaves to the technology, less important in some respects than the administrators. For a while, when we started, things were reversed.