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JUST FYI: Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, and co-founder of LoudCloud (Opsware) and Ning has finally said good bye to the Windows life, and switched to a Mac. We met for a coffee earlier this morning and while most of the conversation was private, I warned […]

JUST FYI: Marc Andreessen, founder of Netscape, and co-founder of LoudCloud (Opsware) and Ning has finally said good bye to the Windows life, and switched to a Mac. We met for a coffee earlier this morning and while most of the conversation was private, I warned him that the “switch” news was going to be blogged.

Apparently, like many others, his 15-inch Lenovo ThinkPad T60 was barfing on him, though my T60p works just fine. Instead of going for another Windows based machine, he switched to a Macbook Pro (15-inch model). “I used to be a Mac user till 1994,” he said, “and now I am a Mac user again.”

He was visibly happy when telling this little story, though I suspect it was more because he wanted me to stop pestering him “evangelizing” the Mac. I have often wondered how he could keep using Microsoft’s products, given the beat down Netscape got at the hands of Barons of Redmond.

PS: In case you were wondering why this post: Because the next one is about what’s happening in the application-layer of today’s networks. You have been warned!

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  1. And he wont understand Windows users anymore. Warning to geeks: you are departing from your customer world.

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  3. TanNg:
    1. If using Windows is a prerequisite to understanding one’s “customer world”, explain how Microsoft misunderstands it’s customers (and their needs).

    1. FYI, Macs can run Windows now

    2. It’s a web world, Windows is irrelevant

  4. If by “not understand Windows users anymore” you mean “can’t understand why people are still using Windows PCs” you’re probably right. Or do you mean he won’t understand why Windows PC users are having problems with their computers when he isn’t?

  5. Well, if he’s going to do what he does PROPERLY, understanding Windows, Mac, AND LINUX is essential.

  6. innerdaemon – even the web work doesn’t work so well on a Mac. The only saving graces is that you can run both OS’s on a Mac. If you are the corporate software/service world, it would be more of a pain in the ass to run/maintain both OS’s.

    I worked on Mac’s for 10 years before switching to Windows 7 years ago. I will give Apple credit in the “cool” factor arena but my life is a lot simplier with one OS and one laptop. Before I had a Windows laptop, Mac desktop and Windows server. Too much.

  7. @innerdaemon. Both now don’t understand customer. Remember even the most successfull Open source software Firefox must have Windows version first.

    @TroutMask. He understand nothing about Windows users: their problem with Windows, the value windows bring to them.

    I think Geeks or Early Adopter must be living in the world of customers. Now no Geek can understand why I’m still using Microsoft Word but not Google Docs. Many times I have to make a document with 100 or more pages, not every time I want to share it over the internet. Google Docs may be hot and innovative, but MS word still a must have. Geeks could not understand it because they live in different world.

  8. “innerdaemon – even the web work doesn’t work so well on a Mac”

    My experience is the opposite. I prefer Firefox on Mac to PC; Safari way outclasses IE. Complex websites– Flickr, my two banks, Etrade, GMail, and Blogger work just fin on my Mac. I expect some sites do not, but any big company that fails to comprehend the value of cleanish web standards will not remain a big company for long (unless its MSFT, sitting like an aging Smaug on vast, undeserved mountains of gold.)

  9. “Marc Andreessen, Switches to a Mac”

    …what took him so long……….

  10. How many people, think you add commas at random places in sentences.

    Why do so many, add a comma after the first noun in their sentence.

    It gets so bloody annoying, to see these incredibly unnatural pauses.

    . . .
    . . .

    (OK, that’s it for my off-topic rant of the day.)

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