Quote - Umberto Eco on Macintosh vs. DOS...

"Umberto Eco on Macintosh vs. DOS

The fact is that the world is divided between users of the
Macintosh computer and users of MS-DOS compatible computers. I am firmly
of the opinion that the Macintosh is Catholic and that DOS is
Protestant. Indeed, the Macintosh is counterreformist and has been
influenced by the "ratio studiorum" of the Jesuits. It is cheerful,
friendly, conciliatory, it tells the faithful how they must proceed step
by step to reach - if not the Kingdom of Heaven - the moment in which
their document is printed. It is catechistic: the essence of revelation
is dealt with via simple formulae and sumptuous icons. Everyone has a
right to salvation.

DOS is Protestant, or even Calvinistic. It allows free
interpretation of scripture, demands difficult personal decisions,
imposes a subtle hermeneutics upon the user, and takes for granted the
idea that not all can reach salvation. To make the system work you need
to interpret the program yourself: a long way from the baroque community
of revelers, the user is closed within the loneliness of his own inner

You may object that, with the passage to Windows, the DOS universe
has come to resemble more closely the counterreformist tolerance of the
Macintosh. It's true: Windows represents an Anglican-style schism, big
ceremonies in the cathedral, but there is always the possibility of a
return to DOS to change things in accordance with bizarre decisions.....

And machine code, which lies beneath both systems (or environments,
if you prefer)? Ah, that is to do with the Old Testament, and is
Talmudic and cabalistic."