Why I use a Mac

The reason why I use Macs is pretty simple:

A picture of a dialog in Windows Vista reading 'A system call that should never fail has failed'

Image taken from FAIL Blog.

And, to be honest, I think this epitomizes my view on Vista: it’s something which should never fail, but just did.


  • mdmadph says:

    Oh, Windows Vista — what would the world of humor have ever done without you? Windows ME jokes were getting kind of old.

  • Daniel says:

    That's what I call an epic fail!

  • Steven Clark says:

    Ah Vista… our laptop's portal to the world. Argghhhh!!!

    I don't mind XP so much but then I'm used to it. Every Windows version locks you out of more and more ways to fix things. What I don't like about my Windows is I have to reinstall several times a year for one reason or another – I'm mean on computers.

    My Mac G5 – when it crashes I always have a rant about fanboys and the Mac's don't crash myth. And I never did get OpenOffice installed properly on Panther… X11 and all. It was there, but just didn't work. God please invent double click installers …. πŸ™‚

    My saviour in the end comes down to an old Linux distro from a magazine… my safe backstop for grabbing the files I'd otherwise lose.

    Computers are good at head games. πŸ™‚

    I might take 10 years off and write a novel about people who hack each other to pieces because their Windows Vista crashed AGAIN… πŸ™‚

    Did you google 10107? Sometimes that's even more hilarious.

  • Helen says:

    I like that they're at least honest. πŸ™‚

  • Chris says:

    I'm so tired of the Vista bashing that's all around. This was exactly the same with Windows 3 ("Why do I need this graphic thingy to use my Word Perfect?"). It has been the same with Windows 95 ("Oh, this will never get accepted by the people, it costs so much ressources and no one needs multi tasking, you can't do more than one thing anyway").

    Guess what: It had been the same for 2000 and XP. And it's the same for Vista and will be the same for 7.

    So stop weeping. It's just an OS.

    And one word to the error message: Windows fan boys will present you hundreds of silly error messages for OS X, Apple fan boys will do the same for Windows. It's just childish. In our company we have about 50:50 Windows:Mac and all systems have flaws and errors. No more funny.

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Absolutely! πŸ™‚


    With all due respect, it's for fun! Sure, I'm not a big fan of certain parts of Vista, and Microsoft has actually to some extent admitted that they failed with it, but at the end of course all manufacturers and systems have flaws.

    I don't think you do, but if you regard me as a Apple fan boy, you can take a browse in the Apple/Mac category and see that I'm just as critical, if not more, about Apple products.

    And personally, if that matters, in comparison I think Windows XP is pretty decent.

  • Chris: at least XP worked from the start…

  • telga says:

    Why I use GNU /Linux Ubuntu πŸ™‚ (nuff said!)

  • micke says:

    imho, Ubuntu is the best OS for web developers (and developers in general – except for Windows-only development). You can even install IE6 for testing purposes! πŸ™‚

    And as you know, a mac is the only computer you can run all three of the biggest OS'es – and that is a really great thing, so I can see why you use a Mac (I do to).

    Btw, which OS are you running on your Mac? πŸ˜‰

  • micke says:

    I would also like to add that I work at a company with ~10-12 web developers that all run Ubuntu. Running a different OS is allowed, but there is really no reason why you should.

  • Robert Nyman says:


    Yes, XP seemed to be more solid rom the get-go, although it, just like any operating system, had some initial flaws.


    I like Ubuntu very much as well! If I were to leave Mac OS X, that would be my next option. And no, I won't reply to your taunting question… πŸ™‚

  • telga says:

    A little off topic, but is it just me (and netrender) but is IE 8 beta 2 rendering web pages like it was Firefox 3? ^^

  • telga says:

    back on topic…another reason NOT to use a Mac (sorry Robert, just read it on Slashdot)…http://mobile.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/11/19/2218217&from=rss

  • AndrewT says:

    Oh… Mac isn't good

  • Stefan Van Reeth says:

    Still using win2K professional at a daily basis, and to me it's the best Windows ever. Customizable if you know where to look, good use of resources (only needs a restart every 2-3 weeks). And no childish blue bars πŸ™‚ Since XP is 2K with some (really minor) adjustments and a lot of eye candy, XP in classic look is fine for me too.

    Never was a Mac fan, even if they make fine machines indeed. Guess this aversion still comes from my Atari ST days… In those days Apple tried to squeeze Atari to death because the ST was running a visual OS using a mouse, windows and a trashcan… No one ever heard of Microsoft in those days. Manufacturer wars have always been there!!

    And then linux… Well, I do use it, but out of sheer lazyness I'm keeping my win2K alive as my main platform. Linux is great, linux is adaptable to the bones, linux is NOT my preferred choice. Learning to do basic stuff all over again is too much asked for this bloke. If linux would have been availlable when I started on PC's most propably I would be a linux man. But it was not πŸ™‚

    And where do I stand in the debate? Use whatever suits YOU most. And leave others to be happy with their choice. Which doesn't exclude a good laugh with truly nonsensical errors, whatever their source. "blablabla that should never fail has failed"… priceless πŸ˜€

  • Robert Nyman says:


    No, it doesn't render pages like Firefox 3. Better than before, but still with a number of flaws.

    Regarding DRM and new MacBooks, that's not fun, that's just palin annoying!


    Absolutely, that's the gist of it. Use whatever you like the most and are happy with. The idea is just to have fun about small things like this, to get some mental relief from everything super-serious.

  • Graziano says:

    Please don't buy Macbooks.

    They are defective by design:


  • Sami says:

    I used Mac OS X regularly for 1,5 yrs and went back to XP/Vista before the summer…

    Today I use both XP/Vista and Mac (Vista more though), but Mac is hardly free from blame when it comes to trouble with the OS (and hardware).


    I have a really hard time with people that are so religious when it comes to which OS and computer to use… It is so one-sided.

  • Mickey says:

    For a Mac user of 18 years, you know I enjoyed every minute of uploading this to the Failblog. The fix wasn't so enjoyable, but I get a kick every time I see it reposted somewhere. πŸ™‚

  • Robert Nyman says:


    I thank you! πŸ™‚

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