I don't like Apple... Period.
While I'm sure that Apple has it's strengths, the platform also has several weaknesses. They tend to do things half-arsed and fail to think things all the way through. Here's what I mean by that.
I have a client with a small shop. He's been a Windows user for a very long time. He's got maybe 16 YEARS worth of data stored on his network that's just related to his business and his clients. Over the past few years, he got Mac fever. He bought into the Macs don't get (PC) viruses bit and figured it would be the way to go with his entire network,
His research found a top rated, top of the line Mac based contact management app that would do pretty much everything and anything he would ever hope to want. Except for one tiny detail. He couldn't import ALL of his data from the dBase IV files the data was currently stored in. It seems the app in question can only import from CSV (Comma Separated Values) files - plain text. While this would be OK for 50% of the data (names, physical and email addresses, phone numbers) it would not work with notes. That means he could not import free-form text notes, stored emails from said clients nor anything else that contained a text blob.
In short, he would have to abandon the bulk of his data. DOH! Great, he's got a name, an email address and a phone number for client X.. But NONE of the background information on what sort of client that person is, what they're looking for, etc... Not very useful, is it?
Yes, he could have run his existing app in Parallels, but that wasn't his desire. He wanted to get rid of Windows entirely.
The point is - for a platform that wants to take over market share from Microsoft, Apple doesn't make it easy to migrate your existing information. There are no tools to do this. Even the makers of the app couldn't help, blaming the issue on the lack of tools provided by Apple.
Now, when it comes to moving data between platforms in the Windows universe, it's not a problem. There are multiple database platforms that run on it. And there's means to move data easily between, dBase IV, umpteen flavors of SQL (MS SQL, MY SQL, etc...). If I wanted to move my data from one format to another, it's not a problem - other than setting things up so the data goes from one database table to the correct spot in the other. Text blobs (large text fields) aren't a problem.
So my client had to abandon his Mac frenzied dreams.
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