Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 22:51 UTC
Mac OS X "Apple has now released Mac OS X 10.6.8, the eighth maintenance update for Snow Leopard, via Software Update. The update offers a number of fixes implemented since the release of Mac OS X 10.6.7 in late March."
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I think it has to do with the fact that computers are multi-purpose machines which operate on data.

Or the fact that the majority of people see computers as this magical box that whirls, whizzes and does amazing stuff instead of seeing what it really is, a glorified machine that allows you to achieve certain things.

If I replaced my bike with a new one in the same category and price range, I'd just spend an afternoon setting some things up and it's good to go. The controls and the capabilities of the machine don't change much. Maybe there's one more or one less gear on the back, but this you get used to in a week.

I can do the same thing; I purchased an iMac just recently, I setup my new machine, hooked up my machine, downloaded the applications I bought on AppStore, and installed some updates - within around 1-2 hours I was up and running.

For computers, it's a different story. Computers and their OSs are shipped in a state where they're not good at anything useful. You need to clean up the mess that the manufacturer has left, install your own software, hope that it works (and, in case of PPC software on x86, it probably won't), move your data, discover that your data is incompatible with the newer versions of the software you're using, which you have been forced to buy because your old ones don't work with your new computers... And once everything is done, you get a machine that works in a significantly different way and have to relearn lots of your everyday habits from the ground up.

Getting a new computer is not like setting up a bike or car and getting used to it. There's a whole lot of pain and mess involved. That's why people are not as much willing to do it, I think.

How has Mac OS X 'change significantly' (same can be said for Windows)? minor changes here and there, a few additional features added but more or less the fundamentals haven't changed. When it comes to applications - the majority of people around the world on their computer don't run anything fancy; Windows, maybe a copy of Microsoft Office, and if you're lucky a pirated copy of Photoshop or Photoshop elements they got with their multi-functional printer.

As for pain, there is as much or as little pain as you want to impose upon yourself - I've seen experts go to hell and back because their setup was an disorganised mess whilst on the other hand I've seen novices following guides, back up their stuff, clean upgrade Windows and then put their stuff back on within a few hours.

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