In the last couple of years, I find that I rarely use physical books to read something new. Previously I’ve written Musing: On Reading and Learning From a Computer Screen where I talk about how reading from the screen works well for me. I recently started a new role that requires me to use a Windows 7 laptop and I’m finding itunreadable. Either there is something wrong with Windows or Apple have done something exceptional with screen displays.
Let me show you. Here is a screen capture from my Windows 7 laptop:
Now this doesn’t look too bad, until you compare it with a Mac version of the same thing:
Personally, I find the difference between the two renderings to be extraordinary. I’ve been sitting at my desk attempting to read a manual on Splunk for most of the morning and I’ve got a howling headache. I switched to using my Mac around lunchtime and it got a whole easier to get through the material. Otherwise I would have needed to print the manual out – really, we don’t need to do that anymore.
For sure, I’m a fan of MAC OSX but I’m finding/realising that it’s much better at making reading on a screen possible. Lets skip the eye candy comments, and come down to hard data. Since I haven’t used a Windows system as a desktop for three or so years (note: excepting the occasional use of RDP for server side functions or MS Project) I wasn’t really aware of the difference. But today, I’m doing all my reading on the MAC next to the company laptop that uses Windows because I can’t read properly on Windows. It’s a subtle thing to notice.
Note: This company laptop is solidly infested with corporate malware and I have no capability to change anything except the screen resolution which is correct.