failing like never before


Mac People

I don't think that any operating system is better for everyone. I think Linux is the best for me, because of its low hardware requirements, cost, ease of use, high standards of security and stability, and the simplicity with which it can be remotely accessed, but that doesn't make Linux better for everyone. Some people like being able to play the latest and greatest games on their computers, while others like a shiny, simplistic interface that requires very little fuss to learn to use.

For a brief period of time, I used to be one of those people who denounced the evils of Microsoft and proclaimed that Linux was the solution to everyone's computer problems. But now I'm a wee bit older and a wee bit wiser, and I'm not as much of a bigot. While I generally don't have problems with people who think that their OS is better then everyone else, I have found that many Mac zealots, with their amazing arrogance, greatly annoy me.

I have seen more Macbooks in this past year in college then I have ever seen in my entire life, and a great many of those Mac owners show more fervor for their OS then their religion. Which bothers me greatly. In my personal experience I have found that most Windows users are indifferent about their OS and its standing against other operating systems, while Linux and BSD users care a little more but also tend to be more knowledgeable about computers and operating systems. Whereas most of the Mac users I have met will attest that Apple products are the best because of their simplicity and physical attractiveness, and that everyone else is inferior for using a non-Apple product (which is stupid really, since a great deal of Mac OS X wasn't coded by Apple).

Apple, under the leadership of Steve jobs, has been highly successful in marketing the perceived value of their products, the brightly colored packaging, shiny cases, and streamlined designs. Apple has managed to achieve with marketing, something that other companies would kill for: the ability to charge disproportionately large amounts of money for a standard product in a shiner box.

Apple has also managed to sell an image: that possessing their product will complete your life and make you a "cool" individual. Which leads to the main problem I have with a great deal of Mac zealots: the idea that possessing a Mac defines their individuality, sets them apart from everyone else as cool, hip and innovative. Whereas I believe that buying a different computer then most of the population doesn't define a person's individuality. Yes, I know a great deal of Mac users don't feel this way, but the ones that do tend to stick out and are ridiculously irritating.

Annnnd.... thats about it.

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