[access-uk] Re: Apple Vs Microsoft

Hi Dave

People say that computers are only as reliable as the operators, but I'm afraid I can't subscribe to that theory. For me, the most reliable and friendly beast had to be good old Eureka. My access technology journey began with the BBC in the 80s. Even it had its problems. I used to go to work and crash it when I put too much information into Wordwise Plus, and it filled up. I couldn't get out of it by deleting characters. It just crashed and I lost all the stuff I put in after spending a morning's work typing it all. After that I used Eureka for a long time, and thought she was just brilliant. There was great support in Techno-Vision, a well run usergroup, and lots of hilarity with games and little programs people invented for her. After that, for me, it was DOS and Wordperfect, before the Windows arena ... need I say more? (lol).

But whether we love them or hate the sight of them, I bet none of us would go back now. I call Sky everything when it's down and I can't get onto the Internet or receive Email, and often say I'd be better off without. But fact is I wouldn't, and that's the catch isn't it?

Hope you get sorted.

Jackie
----- Original Message ----- From: "Ankers, Dave (UK)" <Dave.Ankers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2007 1:52 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Apple Vs Microsoft



Hi all,

Following on from a previous thread,  comparing products from Apple and
Microsoft.  Apple products while being more expensive and not as
popular, seem to win favour with its customers because they are easy to
use and work.
Microsoft's products are cheaper initially, not particularly easy to
use, and break down constantly.  When shutting down a windows system,
you can never rely on it to restart properly, I find it very unstable,
especially when JAWS, J-SAY and Dragon naturally speaking are running.
As for ease of use, Windows word is infuriating to use, even by sighted
users.
As I said Microsoft products are cheaper initially, only initially
because if you add on all the time spent and when its company time its
damn expensive, fixing bugs, viruses and software incompatibility, which
is no wonder considering how much Microsoft charge software
manufacturers for testing, which is why most don't bother.
Personally I've had it with Microsoft, and I'm waiting for Apple to
produce a system equipped with screen reading and voice recognition.
The software used could come from Freedom scientific, T&T, Nuance or
anyone, I don't care as long as it is fully incorporated and works.  Why
fully incorporated? simple, because then when an update is released, it
will hopefully have been fully tested.
Currently when say JAWS releases an update, we have to wait for J-SAY
and Dragon to catch up. and then there are problems.  Problems I don't
need, and from Apples reputation for quality, reliability and ease of
use, that's what I'm looking for.  When it finally arrives, Bill Gates
can take his products and shove them, well you know where!

Dave

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