Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th May 2010 18:35 UTC
Humor Every now and then, you come across things that make the internet worthwhile. So yeah, there's this whole genitalia length comparing competition going on between Adobe and Apple, where both companies are actually arguing, with straight faces, which of the two is more open (which to me comes across as Mario and Zelda arguing over who's less of a sell-out). Luckily, though, there's the internet to make us laugh.
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Alleister
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2006-05-29

That was actually what i was getting at with the hideous software culture evolving around it. I tried every archiving app on Windows. Not one of them supports Unicode. I tried every image viewer I could find. Not one of them supports Unicode.

It is simply impossible to find Apps that support Unicode on Windows, not even all Microsoft apps support Unicode. The only way to get Apps that don't crash on you if you want/need unicode support are Java apps, but then why use Windows anyway if you don't have to.

I can still run most OS X 10.1 software, so i don't quite get what you are getting at. I also can run most XP software on Vista, but I more often run into XP software that doesn't run on Vista then i run into OS X 10.1 software which doesn't run on 10.6.

Okay, so i don't get to run Software from the late nineties, but what do i care? Windows software mostly buys backwards compatibility to Windows 95 by sucking generally (the Unicode issue being one such thing - most projects ignore it to ensure Windows 9x/ME compatibility).

How many Windows 95 boxes do you estimate still being in use?

I'm aware of the fact that Windows theoretically supports Unicode. What do I care when virtually no Windows software does?

I don't have problems like that on Linux, OS X or Solaris. I don't have stupid activation issues. And I don't have software that comes with anti piracy measurements that f*ck up an OS installation.

Windows is a Nightmare and I do not expect that to change. I only wish it would go away, but I'm afraid I'm stuck suffering it, at least at work hours.

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ciplogic Member since:
2006-12-22

There are applications that support Unicode and not a few. If you talk about almost any .NET application supports it. And .NET gets along with using Unicode. What your problem really is, is that zip format may not support in some implementations the unicode. 7zip (LZMA) states that it does it: http://www.7-zip.org/7z.html
The idea of being a lot of years (not just one iteration or two compatible) is a factor on migrating to new OS. Some database tools may do their job just right and they are VB6 or MFC tools. You cannot migrate them over night, or even never.
Comparing Windows with OS X, both give separate class of advantages (probably a reason why OS X did evolve that fast compared with Vista original fiasco), but compatibility is a turning point for some. Supposedly a developer wants to write a CAD system (a field that I'm related with) and it starts from an opensource kernel that was compiled and thought to run on 32 bits, X Windows handle and single threaded. If you will want to make that application to support OS X you will have to invest a lot of time porting some parts that don't behave that good on this OS.
At the end I will just want to state: OS X is a good OS, probably not that good with what competition offers to date.

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