Corte Madera Chronicles

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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Mac vs. Windows

from Jon Carrol's column in the SF Chronicle today (though he's quoting Umerbto Eco):

"Insufficient consideration has been given to the underground religious war that is transforming the modern world: the division between users of the Macintosh computer and users of the MS-DOS-compatible computers. I am firmly of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counter-reformistand has been influenced by the methodical path of the Jesuits.

"It tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach -- if not the Kingdom of Heaven -- the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: the essence of revelation is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a right to salvation.

"DOS is Protestant, or even Calvinistic. It allows free interpretation of scripture, demands difficult personal decisions, imposes a subtle hermeneutics upon the user, and takes for granted the idea that not all can reach salvation.

"To make the system work you need to interpret it yourself: the user is closed within the loneliness of his own inner torment.

"You may object that, with the passage to Windows, the DOS universe has come to resemble more closely the counter-reformist tolerance of the Macintosh. It's true: Windows represents an Anglican-style schism -- big ceremonies in the cathedral but with the possibility of returning to DOS to fiddle with things. With Windows, you can still decide to allow women and gays to be priests if you want to.

"And what about the machine language that lies beneath both operating systems? Ah, that is the stuff of the Old Testament, Talmudic and cabalistic."


At 12:28 PM, Blogger Lucas Krech said...

No, really it should be seen within the framework of a single religion, the PC users being the layety and the Mac users being the Mystics.

At 10:37 AM, Blogger Joshua said...

What's missing is the analysis of the Unix code beneath the Mac OS X operating system. If Mac is the catholic church, than the unix beneath is the secret societies and mystic illuminati, standing as the silent underpinnings to the exterior edifice. Anything that happens in the world of forms above, is really representative of inner changes. If you know the right pass phrases, you have complete control.


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