Glocks Are Macs.

This nice little piece over at Ricochet got my thinking about why I am a such an Apple nerd.

They just work. The Mac was the first computer to not get in your way while you operated the computer.

This is the point where all the Windows nerds chime in and say, “No, thats not true! Windows is just as easy to use!” and yes, right now, it is.

But that was NOT true of Windows until version 3.1.1 came out. In the mean time, CMD-V on a Mac had been “Paste” for years and years, while over in IBM world, it was a different command to Paste on WordStar than it was in Word.

Macs didn’t (and don’t) get in your way.

Glocks are Macs. For the most part, you don’t need to worry about the WHAT of operating your gun, you can work on why you need to operating your gun and how it will affect those around you.

Glocks are Macs.

The thing that REALLY made a computer useful in the home wasn’t the operation system or the hardware, though. It was the 56.6k modem and AOL. We’re concentrating so much on the hardware, we forget what changes the world is how everything works together.

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  1. Windows, prior to 3.0; really didn’t exist as a consumer product. And the early Macs were horrid in different ways (I used both more or less simultaneously in the early nineties). Both benefited from the mistakes the other GUIs made (and corrected, in each other’s cases).

    And now both are basically hosts for your preferred web browser, mated with a gaming console.

  2. @Ian: Well put. “I don’t care which system runs my browser” is the mantra that currently applies.

    @Kevin: Good point about the “it just works” thing. But it might be fun to look at the details, because there are differences between Apple’s and Glock’s approaches:

    Cmd+V/C/X were standardized on Macs because Apple controlled what was happening on their system much stricter than Microsoft ever did, dared or could, via the Human Interface Guidelines. And they could afford to push this, because they offered homogenous hardware to work on. I wonder what the equivalent of that behaviour would be in the gun world?

    It is not ammo, that we have CIP and SAAMI for. That’s equivalent to consortiums like VESA.

    Maybe the Glock one-trigger-for-all-situations, even though we all agree there are better ones?

    Or is the new Sig 320 system more like it, since Sig now unifies more of the pistol system with their trigger pack, so 3rd parties need not to worry about it anymore?

    Or is it more like the boutique makers like Wilson, Nighthawk and the like who tell you “you can have the best gun around, if you stick to our magazines, replacement parts and follow our ammo recommendations”?

    1. I’ll have more on this tomorrow, but think more in terms of what you need to do in order to have a functioning piece of hardware that serves the purpose you bought it for, without having to know in detail what’s going on inside.

  3. I’m back to using, more or less side by side, a Mac and a Windows box; and other than some very minor UX/UI details (some of which are fairly annoying, most notably the differences in cursor controls), they’re basically identical.

    Which mirrors what’s happened in the semi-auto pistol space, I suppose.

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