Sunday, April 13, 2008


I'm going to sock the next self-important IT person that scoffs at the 'horrible design' of Microsoft products. There seems to be this nauseating trend in the technical world of making oneself sound so important and knowledgable by sneering at the corporate giant. For instance, if there's something someone can't figure out on a Windows machine, the pissant will roll his/her eyes, sigh from the bottom of his/her all-knowing soul, and go, 'aah Microsoft'. There even are people who vehemently seize every opportunity to bitch about how horrible Microsoft products are.

If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail

I've arrived at the conclusion that it's mostly the insecure narrow-minded technical ignoramuses that resort to this cliche in a sad territorial effort to somehow prove that they belong somewhere in the IT world and are so much better than the poor users that use Microsoft's products. I mean, is it not enough that a lot of technical people have zero communication skills and love to spout jargon in an attempt to feel intelligent? Do they have to bash someone, just anyone, to feel better about themselves? Drives me up the wall, it does. They probably have unreasonably large chips on their shoulder about not being very proficient with common Microsoft products, and they fancy themselves as the David to Microsoft's Goliath.

It's not what you got, it's how you use it

In my opinion, Microsoft demystified computing for the common man and brought efficiency into almost every realm of society. It revolutionised how people approach technology and do business. Sure the software has its kinks, which software doesn't. And like most things in life, Microsoft products are a tool that are meant for a certain kind of user. They are best suited for everyday small- to medium-scale office/personal operations. Microsoft has standardised a lot of business processes across the globe. It has become the lowest common denominator (not always a bad thing) which allows everyday people to learn to quickly and effectively communicate in this global world we live in. Now if you insist on using Microsoft products for things they weren't meant for, then I think you're publically broadcasting your own thinly-concealed ignorance. I wouldn't use a Windows machine to edit photos or make a movie, I'd use an Apple gadget for that because that's what Apple is meant for. Conversely, you'd probably make a poor business plan if you installed Apple machines for your everyday business needs. I mean, it's like insisting that a general physician slice-and-dice your face so you can look like your favourite celebrity and then bitching about doctors not learning anything in medical school when you end up looking like a monster.

See the big picture

God, I have so had it with this pointless unending anti-Microsoft club. Quit trying to shove square pegs in round holes. If you want to criticise Microsoft's business practices or whatever, that is fine. But to you certain annoying (wannabe IT) people, stop trying to sound intelligent by ignorantly joining and giving the legit Microsoft critics a bad name. Get over yourself and find some real issues you can be passionate about.

And I can say all this because I myself am an IT person and can crib about other IT people as much as I want, thank you very much.

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