by Steve McKinney, February 1998
As the war
between Windows and Macintosh
operating systems wages
on, I offer my opinions here. They are based on working with computers
in one form or another for over twenty years.
computer programming in high school where I learned how to program in BASIC
and FORTRAN on mainframe computers. I then went into the Air Force
and spent six years programming in FORTRAN and COBOL. I have worked
in other environments, using other languages, software, and hardware, and
I have determined that they are all very much alike.
I have an old PC that is running Windows 3.1. I have had to rebuild
it a part at a time but it works. I use it mostly for word processing.
About the time Windows 95 was supposed to be available was about the same
time I had decided it was no longer cost effective to try to upgrade my
old 386SX16. I realized I needed a new computer. This was also
the time I found myself working in the Woodring
College of Education computer labs, which were filled with Apple IIs,
Macintosh SEs and Performas. Upon careful consideration of all the
facts, I bought a Macintosh Performa. Macs can read any type of disk,
while Windows based computers can not. I did, however, install Virtual
PC so I now have Windows 95 on my Mac as well as Mac OS 8!
a long story short, I know how to run everything from MS-DOS to Windows
3.1/95 to Mac operating systems. My personal bias is simply towards