Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 230. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2018-11-26 06:50:34+00:00 From: Willard McCarty
Subject: limitations of devices On the question of which OS is better on what hardware, there are two things that matter to me: the design/aesthetics of the end-product and how I spend my time using it. The first of these is (correct me if I am wrong) so much a matter of taste that I cannot see my way to an argument. The second, however, seems fairly clear-cut. Quite often I have the argument of Mac vs Linux with my son, a technical expert such as I never was and never will be. He spends loads of time searching for the best laptop hardware, paying great attention to the qualities of the processor (beyond me). This never turns out to be a Mac; his list of moral objections against the company, including allegations of conspiracy to defraud customers, and of technical points is long. Then he installs some flavour of Linux, and spends a fair bit more time getting the right drivers (by criteria I do not understand). Meanwhile I am downloading secondary sources, writing, running a journal, editing Humanist &c. I am certainly not arguing for my way of life vs his, only that the two ways are different. Mundane choices entail so much else. He reminds me of a friend years ago at the time when this friend was building a computer from components. At one point he had terrible difficulties getting a hard disc controller to work with the hard disc he wanted to use; this meant buying one after another to test it. I listened to him complain vociferously several times, then asked, "Why don't you just buy a computer?" (He had the money.) He looked at me as if I did not understand, which I didn't when I asked the question. And then I did get it. Those difficulties were inseparable from his builder's satisfaction at finally getting it right. And how could any computer be morally unstained? We ourselves can't. Is there a doctor (of ethics) in the house? Yours, WM -- Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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