I stopped down at work tonight, and we were out of menus, so I went downstairs to print some. This involved what should have been a rather simple task: accessing the menu from another computer on the network, opening the file, and printing it. But it was Windows, so it turned into a nightmare. Well, that's exaggeration, of course. It was more annoying than terrifying. But it led me to wonder why Windows users continue to stand for it. I know I rant about Windows from time to time, but I want serious answers this time. I'm going beyond user interface (which I think it plenty reason enough to switch, although at least one person I respect disagrees); I want to know why you wouldn't prefer to use a Mac considering the following:
Viruses. Every time I go down to that machine, the anti-virus software reminds me that the virus definitions are out of date. This should not surprise me, since there are new viruses being written all the time. A few times a year, this affects life worldwide in some way. But every second of every minute, it's affecting someone, somewhere. You might be next. But I'm pretty certain I won't be.
Malware. Sitting there on the desktop was a shortcut to AdAware 6.0, an application that with varying degrees of success removes adware and spyware: those insidious little programs that somehow get downloaded and installed on your computer without your knowledge, and which run behind the scenes wicking away system resources (at best) or shipping bits and pieces of your identity up to evil people (at worst), or a lot of stuff in between. And yes, that was one sentence. And no, this is not a significant problem for the Mac OS.
Various annoyances. Such as: one time I logged it on and it attached itself to the WiFi network that contained the shared file I needed, but the next time, it connected to a different one. No file. And I didn't have the password to the right one, so I couldn't get on. Why wouldn't it always grab the preferred signal automatically? I have no idea. But my PowerBook always does, without fail. And didn't the computer world pretty much master the art of WYSIWYG a long time ago? Apparently not when you're running Word on Windows. The printer gave me something different from what I saw on the screen. (Granted, this may have been due to the document creator's rather remarkable inability to employ tab stops, or the fact that the proper fonts weren't available on the computer I was using. But still. This has not been an issue for me since I switched.)
Alright, it's turning into a rant, so I'll stop. But seriously, Windows-using friends: how do you stand it? Why don't you get a Mac?