Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dear Google, et al

Google, I adore you, really I do. I can hardly get along without your search engine, and I use Blogger, Google Maps, YouTube, and other Google services on a daily basis. I just have one little—well, actually really big—favor to ask:

Stop trying to make my computer obsolete.

Although I have more than one computer, the one I use every day is a Mac Mini G4. The problem is not that I am using a Mac, or that the operating system is 10.4.11, but that the processor is a G4. It means that I can't upgrade to the latest browsers, or to the latest version of Adobe's Flash Player.

I understand that the world has gone Intel. I don't expect my old processor to do all the new things that developers are coming up with using new software they've only developed for Intel processors.

What I do object to is not being able to do things that I've always done without having to buy a new computer. Like uploading videos to YouTube. I can only do that now by using the old uploading screen, and something tells me that this option won't be available in the near future.

I've already lost the controls on YouTube videos. Well, they are there, but I can't see them. It doesn't matter what browser I use, so I suspect it's an incompatibility with my older version of the Flash Player.

And there's more. I can't use Street View in Google Maps anymore. How long is it going to be before my Mac can't use any of the Google services?

And it's not just the age of my computer. I have a Dell PC that's about the same age, but because it has an Intel processor, it can do all of the things in the Google world that my Mac can't. But I don't use the Dell unless I absolutely have to because, compared with the Mini G4, it's a crippled machine. (What's it crippled by? Well, Windows, for one thing.)

I'm not asking you to develop all of your new stuff for both processors; I understand how expensive that is. All I'm asking is that you leave ways for those of us who still have non-Intel processors to do the simple Google tasks we have come to rely on.


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