May 1997

Letters To The Editor

"Windoz" Bugs Mac User

Dear BugEd:

I read your article about FileMaker Pro ("The Worst Software Designer Is..." BugNet, March 1997) and how it is useless on Windows 95. I have to agree. Did you also know that all applications that run on Windoz 95 are useless? Did you know that Windoz 95 is, itself, USELESS?

I know, I work on it five days a week. Thank God I have a Macintosh with FileMaker Pro 3 at home that really does work and a filing system that doesn't drive me nuts with its Bill Gates limitations.

If you want your applications to work, get out of the functionally fixed state that you are in and buy a Macintosh. You don't have to hate your computer any more.

Another Anonymous Mac User
via the Internet


P.S. I will bet you anything that your web page was made on a PC. I can see Windoz written all over it. Visit two sites and compare: and You still have time to change you mind.

Undiscriminating Buyers Are to Blame

Dear BugEd:

You're probably right about everything that you said in the article ("The Worst Software Designer Is ..." BugNet, March 1997), but I have one question. Why do you think that the best software (according to software reviewers for windows programs) comes from Microsoft? Don't you think that's a bit strange? Have you ever read a bad review of a software that Microsoft makes? You guys ever wonder about that? How could a 10-year-old technology suddenly become innovation? I could only attribute this to the ignorance of Windows users (I don't mean everybody, but the majority who think they know what computing is.)

I don't know of a single company that never puts out a "bad" product, unless buyers are just swallowing everything that comes out. At this point, the standard is "what everybody else is using," not what is actually a good product!

Lito Lammatao
via the Internet

Apple of the Ages

Dear BugEd:

Re: "The Golden Age of Apple" -- I also remember when Grant Fjermedal was excitedly working on this project (See "The Golden Age of Apple," BugNet, February 1997), after his book "The Tomorrow Makers" came out. I was consulting Apple at the time on a study called "The Impact of Windows on Macintosh Software Developers." They didn't listen to me much, either.

I still hold out hope that Apple will be a profitable niche player, but it's very touch-and-go there these days.

Frank Catalano
Industry analyst and strategist

Check Out New Pegasus

Dear BugEd:

Your publication is one of the most valuable things I read each month. Thanks for the service and for putting up with the flames when you tread on someone's sacred ground.

By the way, I notice from your e-mail headers you are using Pegasus 2.33. We finally upgraded to Pegasus 2.5x (currently 2.53) and the functional improvement over 2.33 is wonderful. Best of all, not much in the way of bug fodder, which I know is bad for your business, but it's great for the rest of us.

John Blickenstaff

Love letter

Dear BugEd:

Just a quick note to let you know we are really enjoying our BugNet subscription!

Chris Falco
New Jersey

To Control Your Escape, Click Shift

Dear BugEd:

In a tip a month or so ago, it was mentioned that CTRL+ESC no longer works to get access to the task manager in Windows NT 4. The suggestion was to right-click the task bar. For those keyclickers like me, it would have been helpful to know CTRL+ESC has mutated to CTRL+SHIFT+ESC.

Drew Krum
via the Internet

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