Apr 10, 2008

Windows is Collapsing

Describing Windows as "collapsing," a pair of Gartner analysts yesterday said Microsoft Corp. must make radical changes to its operating system or risk becoming a has-been. --Computerworld

I have this strange internal religious (Operating System) tennis match running inside my head that has Microsoft Windows playing YHWH (Vista, all seeing) and Bill Gates is his prophet. In the other court is Apple Inc. playing Satan (bitten apple, tree of knowledge, need I go on?) and Steve Jobs is HIS prophet.

Back in February 2007, Bill Gates gave one of his stranger interviews. The below is from a Macworld commentary about the interview - which was with Steven Levy (a Levite?) of Newsweek.

"Incredibly, Gates actually gets offended when Levy suggests that Microsoft ripped off some of Mac OS X in Vista’s features, look and feel:

“You can go through and look at who showed any of these things first, if you care about the facts. If you just want to say, ‘Steve Jobs invented the world, and then the rest of us came along,’ that’s fine.”

Then Gates goes on to suggest that Microsoft may have been too forthcoming early in Vista’s development, when it was still called Longhorn. He doesn’t say it directly, but Gates intimates that Microsoft showed off features that Apple ended up copying and shipping in its products before Microsoft could, because Microsoft spent so much time working out Vista’s security features."

Wouldn’t it be hilarious if, metaphorically speaking, Bill Gates is right? That Satan (Prometheus) has been "helping" us reverse-engineer Heaven?!

The great innovation of Vista is (drumroll please...) the ability to handle graphics, video and music!! Ooooh. This is something we Mac users have enjoyed for years, so for us, it's a yawn. But... the difference is that the new Vista handles all these things within the OS - internally, whereas Mac OSX simply ads on the ability in cleverly designed, external software. In other words, the new Vista permits manipulation of "the image" (aka the idea, the Word) within itself, whereas the Mac continues the age old paradigm of image manipulation via external programs, much like man causes ideas to manifest through the works of our hands (tools, technology).

And they made a calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced in the works of their own hands. --Acts 7:41

My theory is that Dad is about to give us real access to the OS (the long promised "inheritance"), and Satan steps in with a carefully crafted, beautifully wrought, techno/mythical/magical imitation. He presents us with a grail (of sorts), when we could BE the grail.

Vista had been a long time coming. It missed deadline after deadline, becoming a sort of joke, like it would never arrive. But it finally did. And when it finally DID arrive, it was treated like a has-been before it was even tried.

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. --2 Peter 3:3-4

NOTES:

William: Will I AM. Gates: Heaven's Gate, or the stairway to heaven. The Way.

Bill has always worn comically oversized glasses, which makes him a "Four Eyes" - the tetramorph looking to the four compass points.

The reason Gates gives for the ever so late intro of Vista is "security issues". It makes me wonder.

6 comments:

Atlantean Times said...

I hate these vista vs mac debates and seeing how I have never used a mac I cant really argue for it.

I will say this though.

Vista is the most Bug ridden piece of shit that I have ever had the misfortune to use. A commodore 64 had less errors.

Vista cant even search for files on my laptops built in drives without crashing or having a COM Surrogate episode. Its a disgrace.

Movie maker has been changed in the last update so it crashes everytime you try to add an avi or xvid file. I repeat its a piece of shit.

appologies for poor language but it is a piece of shit.

interesting perspective on it Mick

gav

kean said...

nicely observed michael! The Wired Mag "Evil Genius" cover syncs up with this all too well, showing a black apple wrapped in barbed wire. All eyes are on the next apple event...

Just Me said...

Every now and then you write something like this and it just blows me away. Really cool.

Michael said...

Thanks for the comments, and for reading. :-)

Michael said...

I have this hilarious image of angelic programmers working day and night on "mancode", and Jesus is cracking the whip, because he promised to return in one lifetime, and these damn perfectionist programmers keep saying "almost ready, boss, almost."

aferrismoon said...

In some words the Y and G are interchangeable thus I posit
WILLIAM 'BILL' GATES together with WILLIAM B. YEATS.
I live in Czech so no official Mac outlets.Goes through a holding company run by a Lebanese businessman.
As business is the main area for computers most need Excel [ Ex - El , former God].
Like Motorcars its interesting to watch their logoing and branding, and the names they choose for their product ranges

Great article , since Apple does have an 'image' built on their styling as well as any 'real advances' they may have made.
Re: the Wired cover - the press or media making us feel 'bad' about the things they sold to us last month. The classic -raise it, praise it then damn it to hell.
of course Apple have their stuff made in China so doubtless we'll be able to link them to Tibet and Theosophy
APL [ hebrew] = fog, thick darkness

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