Wednesday, September 09, 2009

"Welcome to Macintosh": even if you use Windows Vista

Netflix offers the documentary “Welcome to Macintosh”(2008) by Robert Baca and Josh Rizzo. The website is here and the film calls itself “The documentary for the rest of us.”

It’s perhaps a challenge to make film out of a lot of stills of old hardware, but actually old Apple computers (from “Apple Computer” before it was “Apple Inc.”) with the engineering diagrams (for EE majors) can be interesting to look at. Lots of the principals of the company over the decades are interviewed, and the younger Steve Jobs and Wozniak are shown, and the return of Jobs in 1997 is shown (his recent liver transplant is not covered). Brit-sounding Leander Kahney does a lot of the talking, and at one point he mentions that recently bloggers have been sued for giving away Apple (and other software vendor) trade secrets. A couple of the engineers were also accomplished musicians, like Andrew Hudgins.

The name “Apple” was inspired by – you guessed it – Sir Isaac Newton and his experiments, common to high school physics.

The film also covers the relationship of Apple to Microsoft. One of the speakers says that Windows (especially Vista) is an operating system for people who want to “feel superior” that they can understand quirky error messages designed to make users feel stupid.

I bought an iMac in 2002 and used it for Movie maker, but have not found it perfect by any means.

I recommend that the visitor also check out “Revolution OS” (2001, Seventh Art/Netflix/Wonderview, dir. J.T.S. Moore, 89 min), about the open-source movement.

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