Mac Mini reviewed by a Microsoft MCSE

(UPDATE: Ok, so I fell for it. Seems is a humour site after all. Serves me right to question an MCSE’s intelligence, it seems ;) )

This is hilarious – I had to read it twice because I thought it was a hoax first time around.

Here are some of my favourites from the article:

“And no floppy disk drive? Well, no wonder they got the unit to be so small.”

Welcome to 2005 – Apple has not built a Mac with a floppy drive since 1998. And I have to say I haven’t needed one, either.

“While there is a Mac-style “donnnnggggg” when the Mini is first turned on, during normal operation the unit makes no sound whatsoever. This could make it very difficult for a novice user to know whether or not the computer is on. In fact, it took our techs about fifteen minutes before we realized the unit itself was operating normally and it was the monitor that was not plugged in properly.”

Your “techs”? Uhm.. yeah, right…

“The Mini boots up into a stripped-down operating system which Apple calls OS X, similar to the stripped-down WindowsCE OS found on many handhelds. The mini OS is going to be a significant hurdle for many buyers who are used to Windows or have favorite Windows software packages they need to use. Think of it more as a first computer for your daughter or niece than as a machine to get any serious work done and you’ll get the point of the Mini and its target market. It might also be the perfect computer for grandmothers or autistic children, for example.

MiniOS?? Don’t know what to say about that, honestly…

“The Mini has got some built-in software for basic computer functions, but it can’t do many common things as well as its grown-up brothers in the Windows world can. The little things can add up to big frustration for someone who might accidentally buy a Mini expecting it to be just like Windows. For example, there is no Outlook Express for email, but Apple includes a program called Mail, which is like a stripped-down email client that can’t execute scripts or open attachments without user intervention. Personally I find it annoying, but if someone doesn’t depend on emailing their coworkers vbscripts like I do, they might be able to get by with it. Secondly and possibly even more glaringly, there is no antivirus program shipped with the Mac. In today’s climate of non-stop worms, trojans and viruses, releasing a computer with no virus removal software is irresponsible on the part of Apple. The OS X comes with some system maintenance utilities, but essentials such as a defragmenter or a registry cleaner are notably absent. I would expect a Mini to get really slow and unstable within a couple months if you can’t perform any routine maintenance tasks on it.

Mailing around vbscripts? And you’re wondering why you need antivirus programs on Windows???

“Routine maintenace tasks”? To put it with Adam Curry: We don’t need no stinking maintenance tasks!

“There is no Mac version of WeatherBug to check the temperature anywhere in the world. Nor is there a Mac version of helpful web and email enhancers like Hotbar. Or any equivalent of the DealHelper software I use to keep track of my passwords. My Office 2003 CD would not install, despite claims I had heard from Mac fanboys that OS X is compatible with Office. Heck, the Internet Explorer icon isn’t even out on the taskbar by default, it’s buried in the c:\applications folder.”

This is probably the paragraph that made me wonder most if this is a hoax. Can you really be *that* clueless??

“When I consider that a good deal of my time is spent running applications like Disk Defragmenter, Scandisk, Norton AV, Windows Update and Ad-Aware–none of which are available for the Mac platform–it doesn’t make sense for me to “switch” to a Mac at this time.”

See above. Unbelievable.

Makes you wonder how easy it is to get an MCSE nowadays.


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  4. HotBar, DealHelper, & Weatherbug are alll known spywares. The fact that these 3 things are mentioned as being “essential” suggests that this is meant to be ironic! :)

  5. HotBar, DealHelper, & Weatherbug are alll known spywares. The fact that these 3 things are mentioned as being "essential" suggests that this is meant to be ironic! :)

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