Fewer, Bigger, Bolder: From Mindless Expansion to Focused Growth by Sanjay Khosla and Mohanbir Sawhney
April 6, 2014
The sexy siren versus the steady girlfriend
January 22, 2010
I have been seduced by Apple. Twice. Once by the iPhone and once by the Macbook Pro. First it was the sexy iPhone, with all its fancy media handling capabilities and the oh-so-sexy interface. And of course, all the apps. I chucked my BlackBerry and got in line at the Apple store to buy myself an iPhone. A few days into my love affair, I discovered that beauty is often skin deep. Typing on glass is not something I want to get used to at my age. And the email capabilities of the iPhone simply don’t stack up to my trusty BlackBerry. And the screen tends to get pretty greasy. Plus, at least when I bought the iPhone, the battery life for 3G was really poor. Now, I know that there are millions of iPhone lovers who will hate me for my opinions, but for me, the iPhone was a brief torrid affair that lasted two weeks. I returned my iPhone to AT&T and bought myself a BlackBerry Bold. And all was peaceful.
Until a few months ago. I finally caved into the charms of the Mac, spurred on by my brother and cousins who swore that “there was no going back” once you got a Mac. So I bought myself the sexiest Mac I could find, with a giant 24 inch HD Cinema display. And I gave up on my trusty Lenovo laptop, which has the sex appeal of a water buffalo. My excitement faded in a few days when I started using the lousy Entourage email program and the Word for Mac. They simply don’t work as well as the Windows versions. And other annoyances poked through. The printer connectivity of Snow Leopard with Windows printers leaves a lot to be desired. And who thought of the sharply milled surfaces on the edge of the Macbook? They cut into my wrists when I type. And the Mac doesn’t talk to Live Mesh from Microsoft, one of my favorite cloud services, the way Windows does. Granted that much of my annoyance with the Mac links back to the Microsoft programs on the Mac, but that’s what I’m going to use for the forseeable future. I loved the touchpad and some other things, but when I put Windows 7 on my Lenovo, I find that many of the annoyances of Vista have been fixed and it works quite nicely now. So my Mac is sitting around, forlorn and unused, while I revert to my trusty ole Lenovo.
So that’s Apple for me. The sexy siren that seduces only to disappoint. And I find myself returning back to my steady girlfriends – Windows and BlackBerry.
Now I’m waiting with bated breath for the upcoming Apple tablet. Now that sounds REALLY sexy. Surely my trusty Amazon Kindle pales in comparison…