Thursday, 11 October 2007

Jason Cross hits the nail on the head. It's not the hardware, it's not the software, it's not even the company. It's something else completely.

Bad apples (pun intended) can truly spoil the barrel.

I have to say, based on my own experiences and as a Mac user since the very first one came out (yes, that one) when I was a kid, I agree with Jason's points. Well-said and fairly-put.

Now you go read it. Someone needs to say these things, and Jason did. Good for him.



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Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:33:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Ah, well, people are the best part of a product or a service, or the worst part of the same. In Seattle ( a city not far from Redmond, Washington, HQ of MicroSoft ), numerous Mac owners dominate the wi-fi coffee cafes city-wide. We liken ourselves to members of the French Resistance of WWII. Silently, stealthfully, raging against the Machine. Ever one to mix metaphors and analogies, I will further say that there is nothing more satisfying to me than to read that the greatest growth in computer sales is NOT among the brands that have MS OS on them, but rather Macs. The best entertainment we Mackers enjoy, though, is the dearth of near-violent reaction from anti-Apple people. We just smile a wee bit, wink at each other and continue to work and play on computers that never give us an unexplained blue screen or the various other problems our red-state (another metaphor!) brethren continue to experience with their Windows appliances. Hate us as you will, but we're here, we're superior, so get used to us!
( Just kidding about that last part. We don't really care if you get used to us or not. )
Jeph F
Thursday, 11 October 2007 11:46:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
For the purpose of conversation, I'll set the "we're superior" part aside as :just kidding," too. :)

No hate from me, just a dislike of behavior of the fringe few (not the people, the behavior). That's what irks me.

I like Apple stuff. I have and use quite a bit of Apple hardware and software here. It's nice. But when a small percentage of a community makes such an obnoxious, rude, often false and mean kind of noise, it just turns me off, in the same way the "other guys" can do the same thing.

But I still like the Apple products.
Thursday, 11 October 2007 12:03:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Computer preferences, whether for hardware or software or both, is analogous to sports team preferences. Steve Jobs is a coach, as is Bill Gates. No big deal. It's the difference between Republicans and Democrats. That's all this is. Each 'side' feels superior to the other. Both sides get their respective jobs done. Quit whining about it and stay resolved that IT people and game-players will prefer Windows machines and those who like Macs have their (legitimate) reasons for it. Much bigger issues to fight about. And by the way, I am nearly certain that if anyone sat down with Steve Jobs, he'd be the first to admit that he does not want to be the largest manufacturer of computers and software.
MicroSoftee
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