"Oh no! 3com (PalmPilot) is copying the Newtons! But... they're actually useful."
Sounds to me like you've never used Windows, and never will. Did Win 95 steal MacOS' look? Did MacOS Steal Amiga's look? Maybe Amiga stole Atari's? Maybe they all pulled it out a sci-fi novel?
I am greatly an Apple zealot, but I use both platforms very often (my family buys all PCs, my school uses Macs). I do not think that Macs aren't useful; in fact they are often more so than PCs due to the fact that (at least when you're running one app :) they don't crash, and a PC with a non-MS operating system running everything you want it to doesn't exist [yet].
Actually, if Apple is such an innovator, maybe they should stop using things like PCI slots, and make their own standard... or maybe some things (like GUI) are inevitable.
As for the PCI slots, only one of their computers uses them now, the G4 Tower. Nothing about PCI slots is controlled by any one company, and part of PCI's original purpose was to be architecture-independent.
(Personally, I think MS got their Win95 look from OS/2. Win 3.1 is pretty much original unless you count DOSSHELL with MS-DOS 5.)
Why couldn't MS have stayed with the Windows 3.1 UI? Apple had something like that with At Ease (and now Macintosh Manager/Multiple Users) and it's amazingly easy to use: Apps on one side, docs on the other, end of story. If they had added a universal document folder, they could have turned that (with graphic library enhancements) into a very easy-to-use UI. Instead we got what we have now.
Also, just like a Unix computer will perform like a slug on depressants if you don't know how to make much of it, Windows will fold like a house of cards if you don't know what you're doing. The key difference is that Windows is very user friendly, so it's easy to "get by." True, I have some programs that crash a lot. I also have ones that I use regularly, and have yet to crash. (Large, complex programs too, like Unreal Tournament, 3D Studio Max, Metrowerks Codewarrior, etc...) If you set up your system properly, and keep it maintained, it'll work like a charm. My Win95 OSR2 system works like a charm even though I've put it through it's share of abuse (like replacing some DLLs with the Japanese Win98 versions to make some programs work.)
So, because the Mac is even more user-friendly, it follows that it's better than Windows?
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