Monday, November 03, 2003

He's just bitter!

(See "Does he even know what he's talking about?" below)

Just adding to reviewer John Rizzo's bitter ranting in CNet's Panther review is a series of anti-Apple references. These include a direct link to application LiteSwitch X (whose app switching style was incorporated into Panther by Apple), and mentions of the minor OS X security flaws patched in Panther, but not Jaguar (over the weekend Apple announced that it would patch the problems in Jaguar).

The entire review takes a very Wintellian tone, and is extremely bitter towards Apple. Rizzo obvious applies a double standard, because there's quite frankly no way any version of Windows could score above a 4 out of 10 while being judged as critically as he judges Panther. He then goes on to insist that Panther brings, at best, small performance boosts, in spite of numerous reports indicating a much more noticed increase.

Overall, Rizzo's points are weak, and his credibility weaker. But there's a funny - and quite ironic - part to this story. While Rizzo winds up giving Panther just over a 6 out of 10, the reader comments (which are either thumbs up or thumbs down) are 90 percent thumbs up. Actual people are raving about Panther while Rizzo goes off on a tirade about column view and the Favorites folder (and, so far, no one has emailed me to say they used the Favorites folder).

And, speaking of people raving about Panther, PC Magazine is doing just that in their review of the new cat. Yes, they gave it five out of five (I suppose that would translate to 10 out of 10 on CNet's scale). So a magazine dedicated to PCs actually provides a more objective review of a Mac OS than a supposedly "neutral" tech site (although CNet's "neutrality" is debateable to begin with).

I'm sorry Mr. Rizzo, but all the whining in the world isn't going to make us think that the move to slick blue button-style tabs is some terrible interface decision that will ruin our computing experience.


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