Tom Raftery tries out WWT

Darth Vader said:

“Give yourself to the Dark Side. It is the only way you can save your friends. Yes, your thoughts betray you. Your feelings for them are strong.”

Tom Raftery, on the other hand, recently converted to the Mac and tried out Microsoft’s World Wide Telescope which was released this week:

This is, unfortunately, typical Microsoft software behaviour. Launch bloated, Windows only, error-prone software with the minimum of QA or testing. Let the unsuspecting public be your free testing department and hopefully get the software right by the third revision.

WorldWideTelescope, if you recall, was the thing that made Scoble cry. I guess he must have been using DirectX 10 (again from Tom’s comments)

“Tried installing in Vista Ultimate – the Directx 9 install came up, which I cancelled since 10 is already installed – and it crashes upon opening!

Does this program not recognize DirectX 10?? Who does the hiring at Microsoft?! UFB!”

I must add that I’ve been pleasantly Microsoft free for over a year now. I do have Windows around but that’s for support work at $BIG_COMPANY and only that. I don’t use Microsoft products on my Mac at all and it’s made my life easier. There are some web sites that have faults but a quick email to the webmasters have sorted things out (certainly in the case of Argos/HomeBase).

It’s certainly a different climate to a few years ago where any mention of the Mac was met with scorn. Anyone that doesn’t see the change in the weather is deluding themselves.

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Matt Johnston

Technologist, Futurist, Humanist

2 thoughts on “Tom Raftery tries out WWT”

  1. Hey Matt,

    thanks for the mention and the link.

    One small correction – I have been using a Mac since I bought my Mac SE FDHD back in 1989! It had a 9″ monochrome display, 1mb RAM and a 40mb HD!

    I fell in love with Mac then and since then my primary machine has almost always been a Mac.

  2. Okay, Tom, thanks for the corrections.

    I’d just read lots of your blog and it seemed windows-centric :)


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