Ricky The Dragon Steamboat
So, how to you compare an Asian wrestler to an American operating system? Easy. In wrestling, everyone has been a bad guy at some point. It’s no different in the world of computing. Just look at Windows. Nothing is more of a heel in the computing world than every other version of it. By contrast, the Mac OS has always been the good guy. Can’t you tell by the smiling logo?
In the eighties, Steamboat was a dominate force in wrestling, famously feuding with the likes of Ric Flair and Macho Man Randy Savage. With these 2 men, Steamboat gave some of the best performances of wrestling history, on 2 of the biggest stages in the game. Wrestlemania and Starrcade.
The Mac OS was the best desktop OS of the eighties and nineties. It was so trusted that desktop publishing thrived on the platform, and at the same time, companies were born on it. Adobe owes much of it’s success to the Mac OS, and the Mac OS owes it’s entire existence to the professional community’s acceptance of Adobe. Of course this is not the only major software maker that had a product that proliferated on the platform. Microsoft produced its first version of Microsoft Office exclusively for Mac OS.
Ricky The Dragon Steamboat was the most polished wrestler to ever play the game. There have always been top performers in the ring that could go 60 minutes, but Ricky could do it flawlessly. You could argue that the Mac OS was not without its flaws, and you’d be right, but it did have a tremendous amount of polish. You could always count on it to be lean and without bullshit, and it was.
Many wrestlers are challenged with having to change their gimmicks mid-career. Heck, even the Hulkster had to make a heel-turn as Hollywood Hulk Hogan in the nineties. Consider your mainstream operating system choices of the day. Windows made a few heel-turns and tried to stay relevant with Gimmicks. The Mac OS just stayed the same. Always the good guy… Unlike Ricky, Mac OS stayed a little past it’s prime. I still loved it regardless. I loved Ricky too.