We received more comments and more email than ever. Obviously, our readers have opinions.
Our article on Microsoft overtaking Apple with the new Microsoft Music Store elicited the most commentary from readers. For example, Tinsman wrote:
“Do you honestly think even a small percentage of iPod owners will switch to Microsoft? Already they don’t like Windows and a few million Windows users are impressed with how everything Apple just works”.
I know they wont switch (but who cares). ……A few million people out of over 750million (Windows users) people isnt going to change the fact that MS can and will drive sales to their store.
Like usual MS is Dead last, yet ready to stomp on apples ass…I like and use iTunes and most likely wont switch. But if I cant buy from any store I want (for pricing reasons) and have the ability to play whatever that format may be, I will switch to an iRiver.”
That wasn’t all. Apparently, most Mac users have little regard for Microsoft’s efforts. Belkin had this to say about the Redmond giant:
“While it won’t fail because it’s MS, it will not going to be raging success. Some analysts just see the numbers of WIN users and don’t discount that 98% of corporate users are not going to allow employees to buy tracks or the huge % of machines serve as retail wedding registries, cash registers, etc … so while Ms is quick to claim there are 350 million WMP users, how many serve as video players on cash registers? (my local market has about 10 such registers) how many people willingly downloaded the last player?
What do you have left – you have either dyed-in-the-wool MS fans and you have people too lazy/too dumb to download itunes … that’s still quite a lot – now whether people who are too dumb to know how to download itunes will suddenly get smart enough or eager enough to use MS player AND buy audio tracks is another matter entirely. You could also argue that people who buy $499 machines are not exactly the type who will seemingly just at the chance to spend hundreds/thousands of dollars on DL music.”
We also ran a very popular article on the Best and Worst of AppleWorks, the venerable cross-platform all-in-one Swiss Army Knife Application from Apple. It’s been around for years. Many Mac users love it. Some want something else besides AppleWorks or Microsoft Office.
For example, GoJira had these kind words:
“Personally, I like AppleWorks. It does most of what I need it to do. It’s not feature bloated, hard drive clogging or overly complex.
For file compatibility, couple AppleWorks with a copy of MacLinkPlus and I don’t need MS Office… Period. AND for a LOT less money than Office!
True, it hasn’t had a real upgrade for 3 years or so. I’d love to see full support for Mac OS X”
Those aren’t exactly fighting words, are they? In fact, most reader responses were far more positive than negative. Like this one from DHP:
“It seems to me that criticizing an application simply because it has not been updated recently is nothing but a symptom of latest-and-greatest syndrome. Some people seem to do nothing with their Macs except look for software updates and new icons.
AppleWorks is an extremely useful suite. I use the word processor the most, but the drawing module is great for page layout (I wish they would change the module name to Page Layout so people would use it more), and I use the database to track my bank accounts and business expenses. It’s a bargain.”
Click Here to read the Best and Worst of AppleWorks.
Finally, we ran a list of the best Text Editors for Mac OS X. These are not word processors. A text editor is used for programming and scripting. In fact, there’s more text editors for the Mac than there are word processors. Lots more.
To read all the details on The Best Text Editor On The Planet, Click Here. Suffice it to say, Mac users have their favorites.
Regarding Apple’s built-in TextEdit, Yeah, wrote this:
“Basic text editor? Simple word processor? Worthless carryover from NeXT?
Whatever it is it stinks. For pity’s sake, find and replace in TextEdit makes SimpleText look like BBEdit by comparison. And about that NeXT font palette, nice – in something like Quark Xpress. But just in the way for simple ‘word processing’.”
Reader NoSpam apparently likes the most difficult of all Mac text editors, the unix “vi”.
“vi is a transcendental experience. I had to use it on my last job and, by God, I learned it. However, after a while some of the key sequences become so engrained that you can do them, but you couldn’t explain to someone what you just did.
Now, I got on the BBEdit train before it got on its hyperinflationary spiral so upgrades have been relatively painless. I see that they spun off TextWrangler by axing some of the HTML editing and scripting capabilities. Is it otherwise identical to BBEdit? If so, that may be a better choice for some users. “
Of course, many Mac users use Macs just because it has BBEdit, long considered one of the best GUI text editors ever; for programming, scripting, HTML. But not everyone. Emacs is also popular as reader Kalyan pointed out:
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