How the Editor of Windows Magazine Became an Apple Fanboy

How the Editor of Windows Magazine Became an Apple Fanboy

I’ve been in denial for a while, but it hit me so hard yesterday that I finally have to admit it: I’m an Apple fanboy. Once you hear my story, you’ll agree that if it can happen to me, it can happen to anyone.

My first job out of college was as a reporter for a small California newspaper company in the late 1980s. It was a Mac shop. All the reporters had regular Macs (tiny screens, massive keys on the keyboard with like an inch of key travel). But the editors used what at the time were “giant” screens to do page layout (in hindsight, they were probably only 17-inch screens, or something like that). When I got promoted to managing editor, I was thrilled because that meant I got to do the page layout and use the big screens.

The year was 1990. I used a DOS PC at home, and a Mac at work. I loved journalism, especially the writing of opinion columns. But I didn’t really give a flying rat’s behind about local NIMBY politics. I loved computers. So I decided to seek employment in the growing field of computer magazines.

For those of you under the age of 25, a magazine is a blog made out of trees

Anyway, I landed a job as managing editor at a tiny startup publication called Windows & OS/2 Magazine. At least, that’s what it was called for the third issue. The second issue had been called OS/2 and Windows Magazine. The first issue was called OS/2 Magazine. As you might have guessed, the “GUI” scene for DOS-based PCs was in something of a transition period.

Windows was exploding in users, heading by 1991 for the 4-million user mark, which drove big interest in our little magazine. So we were acquired by New York-based CMP Media, and relaunched the publication as Windows Magazine.

It’s hard to imagine now, but PC magazines were huge in the 1990s. Our own editorial staff grew from 7 people to 62. Circulation rose from 75,000 to 840,000. Our largest issue topped out at 420 pages.

During the 1990s, the only time I saw a Mac was whenever I ventured into the design and production ghetto of our editorial offices. That’s right: Windows Magazine was designed and laid out on Macs.

Besides that, I was deep, deep in the world of Windows. I wrote a monthly opinion column, as well as reviews and “how-to” articles about Windows. During my time at Windows Magazine, I probably wrote maybe 1,000 “tips” for tweaking, optimizing and surviving Windows. My talks and panel participation at trade shows was all about Windows. Bill Gates even quoted me in one of his books. I was about as much of a “Windows guy” as you could get.

As the Internet began devouring the print computer magazine business, I left in 1999 to help launch a mobile startup company that also had a strong editorial component, which was unceremoniously crushed when the dot com bubble burst in 2000. After consulting for a while, and editing an IT-focused publication, I started writing opinion columns and blog posts full time. Still almost entirely focused on Windows, mobile computing and consumer electronics.

The Opposition

Many Windows users don’t switch to Mac because they have an outdated belief that application choice is too limited and that Macs are too expensive. That might have been true for a lot of people in the 1990s. But nowadays, people mostly use browsers, e-mail, office applications and a few other common applications that are widely available. And Macs aren’t that expensive. PCs look cheap when you go to the Dell web site and see the “Starting at….” Price. But once you add the amount of RAM you’ll need, a decent hard drive, upgrade the processor to something better and pick the bigger monitor, you’re probably going to pay at least as much as a comparable Mac.

In my own case, I never really considered switching to Macs, or even using them part time, for three reasons.

First, I’m lazy. My skills, knowledge and habits around Windows were so deeply ingrained that the idea of learning how to use a Mac sounded like a chore.

Second, while I can fix a Windows PC no matter what’s wrong with it, I wouldn’t know what to do if something broke on a Mac. I didn’t like the idea of hauling the thing down to an Apple store and throwing myself at the mercy of some “Genius.”

Third, I had encountered so many hardcore fanboy haters in my career —  responding to my various columns with death threats, crazy, over-the-top personal attacks and aggressive libel aimed at damaging my reputation by raising questions about my professional integrity – that I just had a bad feeling about joining the “other side.” Ninety-nine percent of Apple fans are very nice. But, man, the insanely insane hardcore fringe is really something special.

The Gateway Drugs

After trying a long list of horrible music players, I started buying iPods for myself and my kids maybe five or six years ago. They made me an Apple customer for the first time in my life. They gave me a reason to spend time in Apple stores and the Apple web site, both of which I found appealing.

The year 2007 was a milestone in the history of computing. That year, Microsoft shipped the first-ever major multi-touch product, the Surface table. Steve Jobs announced the iPhone early in the year, and Apple shipped it that summer.

I’m a huge fan of MPG computing (for multi-touch, physics and gestures). I thought both Microsoft and Apple would then aggressively pursue MPG systems, Apple from the bottom up, and Microsoft from the top down. But only Apple did so. Microsoft slept.

Although I was floored by the elegance and design discipline of the first iPhone, I didn’t buy one. I was enamored at the time with my BlackBerry Pearl, mainly because of its size (similar to a box of Chiclets), voice quality (superior to any iPhone), battery life (a week on a charge) and laptop tethering, a feature I used heavily on business trips.

A year later, Apple rolled out apps for the iPhone, and the App Store. I was completely floored by the combination of iPhone user interface, App Store experience and the endless possibilities of all those apps. I bought one, loved it, and in fact have upgraded to every new version of the iPhone.

The perfect out-of-box experience with the iPhone, the elegance of the whole experience of using an iPhone, re-set my expectations for how consumer electronics and computers should function. I started looking at the out-of-box experience of buying a Windows PC with a new contempt. The crapware. The stickers. The anti-virus software problem where the cure is worse than the disease. The flimsy hardware. It’s not so much that I despised Windows PCs, but that it felt like Microsoft and the PC makers despised them, like they all have no respect for their own platform.

When the iPad came out – forget it. I did something I never thought I’d do. I actually waited in line for hours outside the Apple store. This product was the biggest consumer electronics home run I’d ever seen in my long career of covering the industry. Apple actually came out with a product that’s so good that it can’t even be copied or emulated to any significant degree. Even now, well over a year since it shipped, there is still no such thing as a “touch tablet market.” There is only the iPad, and a smattering of irrelevant failures. I won’t go on about the iPad – my views on it are well known from the many columns and blog posts I’ve written about it. The iPad = good.

Then, about three weeks ago, something happened that altered my worldview a bit. My main PC, a Sony VAIO laptop, burned itself out. Literally. It overheated, despite a fan that sounded like a jet engine. It still works, but can’t connect to the Internet. Normally, I would have trouble-shooted the problem, fixed it or bought a new laptop. I also have older PCs around that I could use. But this time, my son was about to leave on a very long trip abroad and offered to let me use his 27-inch iMac. I was too busy to deal with the Sony, so I just used the Mac.

I’ve found it so easy and enjoyable to use – beautiful screen, silent operation, incredibly elegant industrial design, etc., etc., — that I haven’t even bothered to troubleshoot the laptop. I don’t even want to look at it.

I’m familiar with basic Mac keystrokes and the keyboard from the iPad. I have learned to trust and admire Apple from my experiences with the iPhone and iPad. In other words, I’ve been primed and conditioned for years to switch to a Mac by Apple’s mobile gateway drugs.

I went ahead and bought it from my son, who will get the new hotness upon his return. I’m pretty sure my own next purchase will be a MacBook Air.

Even after all this, I was in denial. Until yesterday.

I was at a restaurant next door to an Apple store, and decided to drop in and look around. I was fondling the iPod nanos and pondering the selection of wristwatch bands, and decided on the spot to start wearing an iPod as a watch. After all, it made sense because I’m such a podcast freak, and also want to use the pedometer function to measure long hikes. It’s practical! Yeah, that’s it. Practical.

Then it hit me: I’m not only an Apple fanboy, I’m a pathetically devoted one. I’ve got the latest iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iMac and now I’m fricken wearing an iPod wristwatch? Wow.

Other companies could do extraordinary things in the future. Apple could falter. If all that happens, I’ll be happy to switch again. I have no unreasonable loyalty to Apple. I’m just a satisfied customer.

But my story should be a cautionary tale for the entire industry. At this particular moment, Apple has struck upon a devastating strategy for taking control of the consumer electronics industry and mainstream computing: Build simple, elegant, functional and beautiful devices at all points in the consumer electronics chain. The cheap little devices like iPods and iPhones charm people, and build trust and affinity for Apple, predisposing them to choose Apple for the bigger-ticket items.

If Apple can turn the editor of Windows Magazine into a fanboy, no one is safe.

  • BrianVoll

    I read this on a Mac while fixing a broken Windows PC. 

    Hmm…

  • Gordon_Keenan

    As a business owner who makes a living out of PC’s, I tend to use only the iMac here for day to day work, with the odd bot of PC work as and when required. The downside to going the Mac route though is the danger that you stop swotting up on the PC technology and in turn start to lose touch unless you can keep yourself motivated!

    Do I regret buying a Mac? Nope, the best choice I ever made, more so I bought the top end 16GB I7 iMac and think its a great machine! Sure I could have bought a Windows system, but it just would not be, nor feel the same.

    Welcome to the double camp!

  • WilsonPhillips

    That fondling thing will get you, every single time. They know this.

  • Chris MtP

    I like your comment about being a satisfied customer. It’s about the path of least resistance and maintenance. If Windows ever got their act together for the UX, I’d switch back. This isn’t a religion to me as much as a way of getting work done. Efficiently and even enjoyably.

  • virjog

    im reading this on an iphone which is syncing on windows running in bootcamp on a mac which itself is a hackintosh…lol jk

  • Jdsonice

    I got my first mac 6 years ago and since then I use my Windows machine for only thing – websites that insist on using Internet Explorer for SECURITY reasons. LOL what a oxymoron. 

  • vannovv

    This pretty much is my story as well. I did Windows administration for 15 years and found myself with the iPod touch, iPhone, Apple TV, and recently a new 27″ iMac. They are all such a pleasure to use.

  • Nnaemeka Nwosu

    Great article. Grammar check; ” it can’t even been copied” doesn’t seem right.

  • randall

    I’ve got an MBP, iPhone 4, Apple TV, and am buying an iPad 2 before my sophomore year of college. As you said, I’m a very satisfied customer. There is no shame in being a fanboy :]

  • Alfie090

    I got $31.68 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Dell laptop for $95.84 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $53.79 to get. Here is the website we are using to get all this stuff GrabPenny.com

  • Tinu

    “I have no unreasonable loyalty to Apple. I’m just a satisfied customer.” That describes me exactly. I wouldn’t even touch a Mac until they go the Intel processor.

    Now, I have a 2006 MacBook Pro and it’s my favorite laptop. Mostly because I can usually kill a laptop in 6 months due to my heavy travel and how clumsy I used to be due to a chronic lack of sleep. Five years later, it’s survived several droppings and a quart of apple juice. Its biggest injury is that it now runs on battery power.

    Of the 8 computers in my house, the only one faster is the quad-core Toshiba laptop. And I still have to go back and forth to my Mac for anything that involves creating video products or conferences, which is about half of my work.

    I love Windows 7, and I enjoy PCs. But I’m also a satisfied Apple customer.

  • jomo25

    double post, sorry!

  • jomo25

    This is basically my story too. I worked at Dell for 9 years (til 2006), so I was basically forbidden to use anything Apple. Even after I left Dell, because I was so invested in the Windows ecosystem of flawed MP3 players and WM phones, I stuck with them. But then I bought my wife an iPhone 3G in 2008, and in the first month I used it about 5 times more than she did. I was amazed at the sheer “usability” of the device. I got my own within weeks. That was my gateway drug. Now, I’ve got an 11″ MBA and my wife has an iPad 2. We’re both in IT, and we see that many “technical” people scoff at Apple’s products as for those who don’t’ understand technology. That may have been a fair criticism when using a computer was an emerging function (like about 15-20 years ago). But now, using a computer should be simple and straightforward. 99.9% of the people aren’t trying to do something never done before with their computer. They just want to take care of the day-to-day things. And that’s where Apple’s products shine.

  • Bagnegaard

    Best article ever … 

  • AnupR

    Thats precisely my story !!!! wow ! like reading auto-biography

  • jay_wilkes

    That’s about how it started for me.  In 2009 I got an iPod Touch, which I quickly started favoring for everything over my BlackBerry 8900.  Then my HP laptop began giving me trouble for the last time, started looking at Macs and haven’t looked back since. 

  • Alfiejr

    the good ol’ “Just Works.”

    you didn’t mention, but i assume you also run Windows on the Mac via Parallels or Boot Camp? my wife – who is a total computer klutz – has not had a single problem in over a year now running both – Windows at work, OS X at home – on her MacBook Pro. i set up Boot Camp because it is the simplest way.

    as many have noted, Macs are also among the very best PC’s too.

  • Christian Ross

    I paid $32.69 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Sony laptop for $94.87 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $51.77 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, LiveCent.com

  • azurehi

    Poor cow…how do you like viewing websites requiring Flash on you iPad?  For those who love lovely design over dealing with the inner workings of a computer, a Mac is your Nirvana.  I run linux and enjoy resurrecting old computers.  Here is a recent quote from a linux forum (http://ubuntuforums.org/showth…  “Mac OSX – Very easy to use, rather stable, but closed world poorly configurable and unable to offer many services. It does very well what it is supposed to do, nothing more. If you want to use your computer like a car, i.e., buying it, starting it and using it without worries, go for a Mac.”

    To each his/her/ LGBT own…

  • Chris Simpson

    um….you wouldn’t run windows in bootcamp on a mackintosh, a. its not possible, b. no need,  bootcamp on mac’s is really just part of the EFI (opposed to pc’s bios) that will boot a windows drive (pretty much a chainload).  Hackintosh’s use a specific boot loader to boot osx, which itself emulates EFI, and is not full featured (read: no bootcamp)…

  • Takeo

    If you want to use your computer like a car, i.e., buying it, starting it and using it without worries, go for a Mac.

    THAT is what I have one! :P (actually 3 Macs….iPod…iPhone…)

  • matthewlowery

    Great article, really struck a chord with me. Started off with the original iPod Nano, then the latest (at the time) Nano, then the 3rd Gen iPod Touch, then I got a Macbook, then an iPhone 4, and I recently bought a MacBook Pro. It really is like a gateway drug, and I don’t even care if i’m addicted, because it really is just so good.

  • prof_peabody

    Great article.  Thanks for this.

  • Klaas Wynne

    I so agree. Vista pushed me over the edge a few years ago and I am all Mac-ed up now. The only one in the house to still use Windows is our 5 year old who regularly cries when his games are interrupted for yet another bloody Windows update. It used to be that people laughed at the people with Macs at science meetings. Now things are starting to turn around when people notice that Window laptops do not connect to the projector or reboot in the middle of a talk.

  • Hampus

    If you had an iPad you’d realize how little flash is actually needed for anything…
    Back when I got it last october you sometimes ran in to a flash object but since then that has become rarer and rarer, now most sites deliver video via HTML 5 instead of flash (jf you are on a PC it’s not as noticeable as they see a PC browser and for some reason deliver by default), as I can’t view it I don’t get served flash ads.
    Really, only thing you need flash for is games but there are plenty of games in the App Store and therefore little need for flashgames…

  • RR001

    True, Apple is good for people who want a fuss-free experience and just want to perform everyday functions. But there is a significant minority of users who want to be able to customise their computers/phones to their liking (the Apple philosophy is – take it or leave it).

    Then there are users who want to play computer games or run programs that either do not have Mac versions, or whose Mac versions come out 12 months after the PC version.

    Finally, there are people who refuse to pay a premium just for the Apple logo. You can usually get a PC that is as powerful as a Mac for a cheaper price, and which works just as well. Problems with viruses and the like usually only plague techno-idiots who download crapware indiscriminately, or who use poor antivirus programs.

  • freediverx

    Mike, your revelation might have seemed a bit more insightful before Apple was on the verge of becoming the most valuable corporation on the planet at nearly $400 a share and before Wall Street analysts were calling for Ballmer to step down at MS. 

    I get that you now “like” Apple, but based on your writing I still don’t sense that you “get” Apple. Complementing them on their elegant industrial design and wearing an iPod on your wrist don’t quite cut it. I just can’t help but think that your acceptance of Apple is more of a belated career move than a genuine appreciation for what makes them uniquely successful.

  • freediverx

    What websites are still locked into IE?

  • Hampus

    Indeed, I am only half way trough though, I haven’t got a mac yet, next computer I buy might just be one though…

  • Alex

    I think Mike’s “conversion” has more to do with his need to stay employed as a writer as the magazine market implodes. 

  • Wizarding

    “Poor cow”? ..Really?

    Plus you have to quote another forum instead of writing your own thoughts? Sounds like you need to develop your own ideas first, before pointing the finger.

    On another note: Flash is dying in the computer industry, and they know it. That’s why there’s so much support for HTML5.  All Flash is in its market these days is annoying Ads nobody likes, mini games that nobody cares about over the age of twelve, and shitty webpages that take way too long to load.

  • Wizarding

    There are some banking and school websites that need IE to run properly.

  • lwdesign1

    Back in 1988 I was rooming with a guy who had a Mac and he was ecstatic about it. I couldn’t afford a Mac in those days so I bought an Apple IIc, a tiny command line computer by Apple that was elegant and fun to use but no GUI. After a year I sold it to a friend and bought an SE/30 and never looked back. I’ve purchased various Macs through the years and now have a MacPro, 4 iMacs and a MacBook Pro 17″. I also have an early iPod nano and a first-gen iPhone, which I’ll be updating to the new iPhone in September.

    I built a Windows desktop PC back in the late 90’s with the help of a friend and used it for web design for a couple of years with Adobe GoLive. It worked OK but always felt sort of clunky to use. I even bought a Windows Viao laptop in the early 2000’s when I needed to do some web work while I was on the road. Both these computers are now defunct, and I use nothing but my Macs.

    Don’t listen to those Windows-centric boobs that tell you that you can’t customize a Mac. Hogwash! Mac Pros are highly customizable and easy to work on. I have several cards that add additional Firewire, USB and eSata ports and a custom graphics card. I’ve upgraded the RAM to 12GB (could go to 24GB if I wanted) and have a total of 4 internal hard drives. If I wanted I could install a second DVD drive or even a Blu-ray player if I wanted to. I’ve seen kits that allow even more internal hard drives and RAIDs to be set up with them. There are lots of companies that offer various hardware customizations for the Mac, and a simple search on the web will prove this. I’ve been able to upgrade my CPU on my desktop Macs since 1991, and have done so frequently.

  • Michael

    So you call him a poor cow for using an iPad, then you say “to each his own?” What is wrong with you?

  • azurehi

    quote is meant to show how easy Apple systems are for those who don’t like to tinker and want it to “just work”.  Configurability is reduced and Apple “knows best” applies, “not that there is anything wrong with that” :>)

    Flash?  Many share your opinion…I do not.

  • Dennis VJ

    I began with XT and DOS and love windows  then one day I found a forum  about hackintosh .

    I started with hackintosh 5 years ago, loved the OS  and five years later I am a happy owner of one iMac and macbook pro. 
    Never use windows again at home.

  • azurehi

    Thanks, I might visit my friendly Apple store again and put the iPad to the test, again.  When, if ever, I am in the market for a tablet, I will look at All available to me to try.

  • azurehi

    a great deal…just a wild and crazy person!

  • Maui Photo Festival

    I agree that Flash is not essential. Most sites are moving to HTML5 and, for the record, many of the “flash-capable” devices are still waiting for a flash player… or one that works.

    Plus, if you want to watch Flash movies on your iPad, just purchase the Skyfire browers app. It finds the movies and plays them on the iPad and iPhone.

  • GregsTechBlog

    I used to be a part of the opposition. It took giving into a Mac fanboy, and checking out Mac OS for myself. Looking at the features and the hardware online, and I was ready to order my first Mac.
    New that I’ve gone Mac, I would never consider going back. 

  • imajoebob

    Me too. I was an IT manager on a WIndows network for almost 10 years (well, I ran Netware for the main servers for 8 years). I quit to go back to school and bought myself a Mac.  It (as Elgan points out) actually cost 50 bucks less than a comparable Dell. 

    I wasn’t quite convinced until my brother (a graphic artist) asked me how much time I spent tweaking and maintaining (and fixing) my personal desktop at work. I said most weeks less than an hour, though at least once every couple months I seemed to spend 3 or 4 (I was a also serious power user). So it was “no problem’ for me to fix any troubles that cropped up. He agreed with that, and then asked, “how much money are you spending to go to school? How much is an hour of time fixing your PC worth versus an hour you could be studying?” I bought the Mac.

    Best choice I ever made – even better than choosing NetWare 5 over Windows NT!

  • WaltFrench

    My corporate HR site (outsourced) thinks that Chrome and Safari aren’t standards compliant enough. My 401(k) site (also outsourced) demands both IE (at least 6.0!) AND Flash. Microsoft indeed has its hooks deep in corporate IT: their latest earnings report bragged how they made good profits from small businesses up to the biggest organizations.

    Individuals? The Entertainment & Devices Division barely broke even despite the Kinect blockbuster. Don’t ask about WP7. Given that the Mac is growing faster than PCs overall, and the Enterprise keeps feeding MSFT, you wouldn’t think individual purchases of PCs are going gangbusters, either, despite 400MM copies of Windows 7 sold.

  • freediverx

    Ah, enterprise apps. That’s what I thought.

  • imajoebob

    Grammar check: “Grammar check;”

  • freediverx

    Let me offer you a car analogy. If a Mac is a BMW M3, then Linux is a home-built kit car. The kit car may be very enjoyable for a greese-monkey hobbyist to dick around with on weekends, but you wouldn’t want to have one as your everyday car now would you?

    And regarding Flash, I don’t like watching it on my iPad anymore than I like watching it on a desktop computer, which is why I have Flash content blocked on all my computers. Enjoy your Farmville and obnoxious animated advertising!

  • imajoebob

    Never has been any shame.  But in the late 90s, early 00s, there was an apparent campaign by some in the Windows community to kill off Macs (98% share not enough for them?) through “back door” tactics.  When the iMacs and OS X came out, it went to the next level (see: Dvorak).  A lot of the Mac users reacted viscerally to this, and saw Redmond behind every critical or dismissive column and article.  Honestly, a number became downright obnoxious.  
    It wasn’t entirely their fault.  Probably 60 or 70% was manufactured FUD, and Microsoft had their tentacles so deep into the PC magazines business, and the editorial content was as lock-step as today’s right wing media (there were many coincidental articles on the same “drawback” to using a Mac in concurrent issues).  But it became pervasive enough that it was often difficult to tell the difference between real Issues with OS X and planted stories from WIntel plants (again, see: Dvorak), so a number of legitimate articles got “trolled” unfairly.

    Maybe the halo effect of the iPod affected the editors as well as buyers; maybe they just saw the writing on the wall.  Or maybe the near demise of the PC magazines is why the FUD-factor stopped being effective (and maybe too much FUD finally backfired). But it’s also why virulent Fanboy-ism (see: fanbois) has been relegated to a few fringe fanatics.

  • imajoebob

    1) I think you mean sheep, not “cow”
    2) To buttress your “cow” argument you parrot the FUD that the WIntel empire was spreading like (appropriately) cow manure ten years ago.
    3) Hypothetical question: your boss needs a new computer.  If he finds it too difficult to use, you get fired.  Which do you buy: A Windows, OS X, or Linux system?  There’s one answer that has a 99.9% chance of getting you escorted to your car by security.

  • imajoebob

    Yeah, but you can’t have the fun of WRECKING the OS and spending 2 days rebuilding it like you can with Windows! [liked]

  • imajoebob

    Did you miss the paragraph that said “when you go to the Dell web site … you’re probably going to pay at least as much as a comparable Mac?”

  • imajoebob

    That may be the most important aspect of this article; you no longer have to “get” Apple to be a customer.  It would kill early adopters to admit it, but you don’t have to “Think Different’ to love your Mac.

  • The_Newtype

     In other words: “I liked Apple before it was cool.”

  • AlexSchleber

    If you are comparing apples-to-apples (no pun) build quality, Apple is actually starting to win too:Looking on the MSFT site a few days ago, they were touting this: http://www.microsoft.com/windo

    Not too bad. Looks like they almost caught up in the aluminum design department with Apple…

    If you look at the specs/price for the new Airs that just came out yesterday, they beat on specs for the same class machine: 128GB SSD version, 4GB RAM, 13.3 screen, but the Air has a 1.7GHz instead of a 1.4 GHz, but even more importantly, the Air is $1299 to the 900’s $1449!!

    http://www.apple.com/macbookai

  • AlexSchleber

    If you are comparing apples-to-apples (no pun) build quality, Apple is actually starting to win too:

    Looking on the MSFT site a few days ago, they were touting this: microsoft.com/windows/buy/sams…

    Not too bad. Looks like they almost caught up in the aluminum design department with Apple…

    If you look at the specs/price for the new Airs that just came out a few days ago, they beat on specs for the same class machine: 128GB SSD version, 4GB RAM, 13.3 screen, but the Air has a 1.7GHz instead of a 1.4 GHz, but even more importantly, the Air is $1299 to the 900’s $1449!!see apple.com/macbookair/specs.htm…

  • Ignignokt

    Y0u s0und smartz’s talkin ’bout yer mackintosh’s n EFIz

  • cadsii

    agreed my mac is running on 4 X SSD Raid and it flies !! just over 1000 MB/s read speed, with 2 1 gig video cards and 16gb ddr 3 ram, i’d say thats customized running with my 3 1080p LED monitors… i moved away from windows for one reasons, i needed STABILITY !! i cant get my work done if all im doing is fixing my pc, and thats what it turned into

  • GooneyGooGoo

    I read a statistic that says 83% of all Mac users are homosexual. 

    http://bit.ly/dI3hcF

  • Ignignokt

    It’s not like we’re buying Macs for the killer specs you know, we buy it for the OS, and the stability that results from the paired hardware. 

  • GooneyGooGoo

    I have owned a few non-Apple MP3 players (a couple of brands) and they have all been just short of perfect. The only reason I ever get a new one is because of space.  They do everything an ipod always did and more for 1/3 of the price. Plus I’ve never had to handcuff it to a specific computer, I just copy music (any format) to it and it plays. End of story. As for computers, laptops and tablets, I feel pretty much the same way.  There is nothing an Apple can do that a Windows machine or Android device can’t do better and cheaper.  Like, for example, run Adobe products. Oh, in case you haven’t heard OSX Lion can’t run most of the professional grade Adobe software like Photoshop, Lightroom and Premiere.

    See here:
    http://bit.ly/dI3hcF

  • freediverx

    You don’t have to get Apple to be a customer, but you do have to get Apple if you expect to compete against them or if you expect anyone to take you seriously as a tech writer on a Mac blog – especially if your resume is that of a former Microsoft shill.

  • GooneyGooGoo

    But now, I can run Photoshop on my Windows 7 desktop or laptop and OSX Lion cannot! [loved]

    http://bit.ly/dI3hcF

  • GooneyGooGoo

    My user experience has always been fantastic with Windows. Maybe Apple users aren’t that adept with navigation, maybe they have a problem with more than one option. Who knows? All I know is 95% of people choose Windows. That says it all.

  • GooneyGooGoo

    very well said RR001

  • tapit0

    love my first windows, can’t stand windows now.
    hate my first linux, love linux now.
    love my first mac, love my last mac.

    in all mac was the most enjoyable experience.

  • finferflu

    As a Linux user you should rather be glad that devices like the iPad are contributing to the obsolescence of Flash. Back when I used Linux on my desktop I always put a lot of effort to try and avoid Flash.

    Also, I don’t see anything wrong with a technology doing what it’s supposed (and advertised) to do. Nobody restricts you to be bound and use a single machine or operating system either. You can choose the right tool for the right task.

  • zato

    I’d watch who I called a fringe fanatic if i was you.
    (just kidding)

  • So sick of it

    Actually, that’s only the dudes.  The women go both ways but they won’t date a guy who uses a PC.  For the few of us Mac guys who are straight, it’s incredibly awesome.

  • Joy Overstreet

    Totally my story. Since I bought my first (CP/M) computer in 1980 I relished my geekiness and how I knew all the in’s and outs of my computers. Sold PCs, did tech support, taught users, wrote articles for computer rags, built my own machines… sneered at Apple’s simplicity.

    My gateway drug was the iPhone. I loved everything about it, especially the gestural interface. When my PC laptop died in 2009 I decided to try the Apple laptop because it was so light and elegant, but to hang onto BigMama, the ginormous PC machine I’d made a few months earlier.

    Strange thing happened. I got increasingly irritated by the noise of BigMama’s power supply. The mouse seemed ergonomically wrong. With Fusion on the MacBook I could still run crucial Windows programs, and it worked really well, though the switch to the Mac’s operating system was a challenge (it was too simple! I kept trying to do things the hard way till I bought David Pogues’ super-useful “Switching to the Mac” book). BigMama began to gather dust. 

    I sold her, bought an iMac and have not looked back. 

    In May I too stood in line for an iPad (2) – at an ungodly hour of the pre-dawn, the oldest person by far in the line, and one of the few women. I didn’t care. I was with my people.

  • Joy Overstreet

    Totally my story. Since I bought my first (CP/M) computer in 1980 I relished my geekiness and how I knew all the in’s and outs of my computers. Sold PCs, did tech support, taught users, wrote articles for computer rags, built my own machines… sneered at Apple’s simplicity.

    My gateway drug was the iPhone. I loved everything about it, especially the gestural interface. When my PC laptop died in 2009 I decided to try the Apple laptop because it was so light and elegant, but to hang onto BigMama, the ginormous PC machine I’d made a few months earlier.

    Strange thing happened. I got increasingly irritated by the noise of BigMama’s power supply. The mouse seemed ergonomically wrong. With Fusion on the MacBook I could still run crucial Windows programs, and it worked really well, though the switch to the Mac’s operating system was a challenge (it was too simple! I kept trying to do things the hard way till I bought David Pogues’ super-useful “Switching to the Mac” book). BigMama began to gather dust. 

    I sold her, bought an iMac and have not looked back. 

    In May I too stood in line for an iPad (2) – at an ungodly hour of the pre-dawn, the oldest person by far in the line, and one of the few women. I didn’t care. I was with my people.

  • Patrick S

    i have lion installed, and I’m a graphic designer who spends as much as nice hours a day in photoshop, illustrator and indesign, i have had no problems at all. 

  • Patrick S

    uh, yeah…. running lion and have photoshop running….. no problems.. your information is flawed. 

  • ismailkarim23

    Articles like this are hardly posted on PC blogs. They’ll just brag about their specs. We, on the other side, share good experience. 

  • David in BW

    nice=nine?

  • David in BW

    you=your?

  • wtyl_terry

    I am currently running Lion and my Adobe apps are running fine (I don’t use Premiere) including the plugins. I am currently using Lightroom and PS CS4/CS5 with no issues. Lion is less than a week old and some apps will need to be updated to be current as well as fixing any gaps that Apple created with the new OS.

    Can competitors do similar things more cheaply, yes, in the short term. In the long term quality and customer support come into play, that’s where others fall short. You get what you pay for. I have been an Apple user since the early 90’s and have upgraded fewer times and had far far less problems than my PC using friends. Cheap doesn’t get you that.

    I’ve lost an earpiece for my Apple earphones and they replaced it free of charge with no fuss. I broke a key while adding memory to my old iBook. Apple repaired it for no charge at the Apple store while I waited a whole 10 minutes. Keep in mind it was no longer under warranty and I broke it! Will Dell, Asus, HP or Sony do that for you? No.

  • David in BW

    “just a wild and crazy guy” is the phrase.

  • Thewirehead

    Just because you are one person whom the Adobe products work properly for does not mean everyone else is wrong. I use Lightroom and Photoshop, Lightroom runs pretty well, Photoshop is (no joke) like 2000% slower than before “upgrading” to Lion.

  • Rez Duane

    Would those of you who, at one time, were avid Apple fans but have now switched to Windows and find it so absolutely wonderful that you can’t imagine going back to Apple please leave some comments?

    One of the reasons I switched from Windows, which I couldn’t stand since it came out, was that everyone loved their Macs but no one loved their Windows PCs.  They just tolerated them.

    As a result, I now have a Mac Pro, MBP, Mac Mini, 2 iPhones, iPad, iPod Touch and five iMacs.  Three of the computers, the iPhones, iPad & iPod are personal the rest are office equipment.  People in the office used to yell at me to come fix their PCs.  Now, I’m like the Maytag repairman, I never get any calls. Now, when friends call and want me to fix their PC, I tell them I no longer do PC work. My computer stress level is back to zero.

  • jomo25

    You sound just like me circa 2008. I was showing off my HTC Touch Cruise and how it could do everything an iPhone could do. Then I got my wife one. And I realized its not just “what” or “how much” it could do, but it was about “how well, smoothly, or easily it makes it possible”. 

  • azurehi

    person here, not guy…but Thanks

  • azurehi

    “poor cow”, used a British colloquialism, perhaps inappropriately – sorry.

    linux is widely used in business.  OSX/Lion is your preferred answer, I know.  I would leave quietly, with no escort.

  • orthorim

    Well OS X has been better than Windows for a long time. For all the reasons you mention, but I want to add one more: Upgrading. It used to take me around 2 – 3 days until I had moved my data, re installed my apps, and tweaked almost every single preference and setting in the OS until I considered it ready for production work. With OS X, I have my entire system with all settings back 2 hours after taking a brand new machine out of the box, and those 2 hours are unsupervised copying of all my data from the last time machine backup. Then, I am ready to continue working. This alone would justify a higher price for the hardware. At consulting rates 2 to 3 days of work equal a whole new top end machine…

    But the real story is the iPhone and now iPad. Those devices have taken the computing experience to a whole new level. As you said, they have changed what we expect from a computer. Windows or Mac can’t compete with it. Posting from the iPad.

    PS: the number of Apple devices in our household is now bordering on the ridiculous. I wish the competition would step up it’s game but I don’t believe Microsoft will play a role.

  • azurehi

    I drove and repaired VWs, for years…went to Subaru and Hyundai, not many repairs.  Linux offers many distributions, most are free and many are highly sophisticated; old PCs can be revived with Linux and given to those in need.

    I don’t play Farmville or games…don’t mind advertising or junk mail.

  • azurehi

    I don’t avoid Flash.  

    Agree, right tool for right task.  Linux does what I need.

  • ctt1wbw

    You had me at “magazines are blogs made out of trees.”  That’s going in the quote log.

  • lok1ju

    I’m a Sr. Windows Systems Engineer who read this from his 2011 13″ Macbook Air that also owns a iPad 2 and iPhone 4. 

  • Kendall Tawes

    So true. If I was told in 1999 that I would be using nothing but Macs I would laugh in their face. Windows 7 fixes several things but it’s still has some major issues that should have been resolved years ago. The fact you change your wifi password Windows will not automatically ask for the different password is ridiculous.

  • aardman

    Oops, I clicked on ‘Like’ when I meant to click ‘Reply’.  And my reply is, my son dropped his iPod Touch and cracked the screen when it was about three months old.  I went to the Apple Store to have it fixed, prepared to pay for the repair knowing fully well that the warranty doesn’t cover it.  The tech gave me a free replacement saying they wouldn’t normally do this but since the iPod was less than 90 days old he’ll let this one slide but if it happens again, next time there will be no waiver on the $200 repair.

    That, plus superb product quality, is how you build tremendous customer loyalty and enthusiasm.

  • Kendall Tawes

    Hold on, Lion just came out and there is bound to be some compatibility problems, though I haven’t experienced any yet. It also seems that you forgot about how many compatibility problems showed up in Windows 7. I work in IT and when 7 came out several programmes and drivers that even made it through the Vista introduction failed to keep up with changes in 7. I had to manually alter drivers to get some HP LaserJet printers to work that were under 3 years old. Users lost USB support to all legacy Palm devices. I even got blue screens by connecting to some wireless networks well into the first year of Windows 7 (the problem happened on Sonys and Toshibas the most). Last week I had to remove an update to Windows x64 that broke Dragon Naturally Speaking causing a code 2 error when launching or installing the software (that’s not ambiguous at all). Apple has now removed most of the 32-bit resources from the OS so there is going to be some teething by third party developers but over all I am surprised by how smooth my adoption of Lion has been.

    P. S. Since when were you hand cuffed to one computer with an iPod? Every iPod I owned could be synced between multiple computers flawlessly as I always manage my music manually. Just drop the music you want in and you’re good to go.

  • Clydeskid

    I’ve had the opposite experience. I never used anything but a Mac since the early nineties and my next computer will be a Lenovo. The hardware just doesn’t hold up. And that crap about a Dell being the same price is rubbish. Windows 7 will be my first Windows computer in history. Apple is more about the pretty and not the utility. Final Cut was the final straw for me. You can expect less and less of substance from Apple and more and more cost in the future. I’m jumping this ship, it was a fun ride for a while. 

  • Kendall Tawes

    Based off of the little JPEG you attached to a comment you must not have touched or even seen a Mac since at the latest 2003. 

    Haters be hatin’. 

  • Kendall Tawes

    I think we can all agree Dell is at the very least crap. I can either get better built stuff much cheaper in ASUS computers or better built with a better OS in Macs. Dell is for people who don’t know any better. Dell is a company that rides a reputation from over a decade ago just like Norton.

  • Kendall Tawes

    I guess it never occurred to me that it was practical to build your own car. :)

    Seriously though, I actually like Linux and I used to be Linux user but I always had to resort to running Windows for something so often I had to give it up. I still would consider using Linux for a Media Centre or resurrect an old computer but Linux Flash support is even worse than Mac OS and I already have an old 2006 MacBook Pro that works great as a Media Centre. Everyone I know that uses a Linux distro regularly dual boots to Windows daily and I simply don’t need to do that with a Mac. Plus you can do customising to a Mac if you know what to do and you have a proper Unix terminal and very well crafted and quiet hardware. Frankly if you can’t figure out how to do something in Mac OS, including your “services”, you probably won’t be able to figure out how to do it in a Linux distro either.

  • Kendall Tawes

    Geez, you’re like the people you get mad for someone not liking art for the right reasons. Art is a subjective medium and so is buying a PC. If I like a song for a melody and someone else likes it for the lyrics it doesn’t matter. We both like the same thing and at most it’s only appropriate to share why you like something to broaden someones horizons. Not to berate someone for coming to the same conclusion differently.

  • Cheryl

    I too purchased my first Apple in 1988. 
    I was using a CPM machine at work, and an IBM either AT or XT (whichever was first, then was brought whichever one was second several months later). I was looking at a KayPro 1200 luggable, of which my father (systems designer for AEGIS) approved. 
    I accidentally walked into an Apple Store, thinking it was a card shop. They showed me the Apple IIc, and a IIGS. I opted for the IIGS, because I could plug my keyboard into it. Now knowing that there was such a limited amount of software for an Apple, I merrily purchased a music writing program, AppleWorks – and a modem for its communications module – a card making program, a drafting program (just looked cool), a few games, and a database. Also, since people were telling me Apple would be dead in 6 months, I bought 2 extra floppy drives – one of each size – and a 20 MEG external hard drive – the very first in McHenry county!

    I eventually took the computer down to Venezuela with me to build boats. At that point we loaded a timeline program, which ran on DOS, so we added that too, got rid of the big floppy drive and added another 3. drive, then had to add a time keeping program in Spanish. This limited “toy” geared for “non-technical” idiots, and those of little actual need for technology, operated in ProDOS, DOS, English and Spanish. Oh, and I had a great translator too.

    When I came back stateside, I added Photoshop and a page layout app who’s name escapes me. As a stay-at-home-mom, I made a little living freelancing for several magazines, organizations, and creating computer centers at the school district. Eventually, my daughter inherited the IIGS. But it never occurred to me to go back to anything else.

    For a working computer, I haven’t had any difficulty finding software I need to get the job done. When working on my Bachelors in IT, I simply added Virtual PC and (sadly) corrupted my notebook with Windows. Turned out, with the exception of C+++, and some other programming language I will never use, Visual Studio and the database app, I needn’t have bothered. But it was nice to know I could.

    BTW, that IIGS? STILL WORKING. At is the Performa that finally replaced it. In fact, every single Apple product I ever bought? STILL working.

  • Paul Moody

    I started out with the 3rd-generation iPod (with the glowing red buttons above the wheel). Then, mysteriously my Windows XP laptop got put aside for a 12″ iBook (which actually could be used for more than 30 minutes on battery power… genius!). Which after a few years led to a 15″ MacBook Pro (pre-unibody), and the iTouch when it came out in 2007. Which of course led to the iPhone, iPad, 27″ iMac, 11″ MacBook Air, AppleTV… 

    Basically, one product (iPod) led to buy-in at all levels of Apple’s consumer offerings (except Mac Pro).  

  • Raghu Prodduturi

    Just brilliant and spot on! People who love Apple products are not hardcore fanboys or totally loyal to the company, its just that their products WORK.

  • David J. Kleinsasser

    Did you actually read the article? 
    “Many Windows users don’t switch to Mac because they have an outdated belief that application choice is too limited and that Macs are too expensive. That might have been true for a lot of people in the 1990s. But nowadays, people mostly use browsers, e-mail, office applications and a few other common applications that are widely available. And Macs aren’t that expensive. PCs look cheap when you go to the Dell web site and see the “Starting at….” Price. But once you add the amount of RAM you’ll need, a decent hard drive, upgrade the processor to something better and pick the bigger monitor, you’re probably going to pay at least as much as a comparable Mac.”

    If you HAVE to have Windows you can install it on a partition and use Boot Camp or sandbox it with Parallels, or OpenBox. You have both, get it?

    If you want to tinker with the hardware get a Mac Pro tower. 

    Apple stuff is highly customizable, even Lion, you can use the new features or disable them, your choice.

    Like it has been said, the FUD is thick and hangs around forever. BTW how much was it to upgrade to Windows 7? I’m sure it wasn’t $29.99. :)

  • ArrowSmith

    Please explain why the latest FCP was a deal-breaker. Get specific.

  • Jeppe Meiniche

    Loved the “for all you under 25…”-comment!!! Lol!!!

  • dhruvbhutani

    Honestly speaking , never had a problem with Windows. No usability issues , no virus problems and my PC from 1999 is STILL working. Its all about customer choice. 

  • dhruvbhutani

    Stability is a relative term. I’m yet to have my laptop crash on me.. two years old and going strong. 

  • Panagiotis Xinos

    The only thing that touched me in Apple way of thinking, is that I forgot that I was dealing with a computer. Apple managed to give weight to the software and not to the hardware. So all the devices came to be productivity tools out of the box. 
    Opening/closing the lid of my macbook without  any problems (crashing, stuck applications) reminds me why I bought it… I keep my PC for games of course even though this might change in the near future, as more games come to the world of mac.

  • maxxel

    Not the one you asked for, but similar experience as yours. Everyone around me knew me as a computer guy. One that can fix their non-working computer. It was usually something software related, but always on windows boxes. After review of my fix-your-problem knowledge I realized I’m in never-ending microsoft-dictated spiral, filling my head with soon-to-be-outdated trash. I, as a programmer, decided I don’t want to do that. Not any more. With UNIX in mind I went ahead and bought first Mac. Now, stress level is up only when dealing with family… and their computers. 

    And an anecdote… Three guys debating, looked like, about state of the art simulations and visualizations. They call me, come here, you, as we, are computer guy. Well, yes. What’s up? Which anti-virus program do you recommend?

  • GingerNinja

    Same thing happened with me.  Went from being a MCSE who had a “proper” computer and Windows Smartphone to owning an iPod Video…..then an iPhone 3G…..then a second hand MacBook Black…..then got Airport Expressed / Time Capsuled……then a MacBook Pro…..then a iPhone 4…..and then an iPad.

    iCrack!

  • Tiby Csapo

    Adobe is a developer for the Mac platform. They would have been receiving developer previews from Apple from the beginning. The fact that they could not be bothered ensuring their products work on Lion says everything about Adobe and what they think of their users.

    I used to use Adobe, and paid full price, until I realised just how little I was getting for my money in terms of real features, support, improvements and innovation. Thankfully I now save many, many gigabytes of space without their bloatware.

  • Figurative

    Yeah, and at one time 95% of computer users had Commodore 64s.  Your point?

  • LTodd820

    Oh, Vista.  It was the last straw for me, too.  I spent over five hours talking to Dell trying to get a fix for my XPS which was running Vista and I swore I’d never own a PC ever again.  It just wasn’t worth it.
    I’ve yet to run into an issue with my iMac.  No more downloading drivers, no more anti-virus scans that take hours to complete.

  • LTodd820

    That’s how I read it too, tbh.

  • Tiby Csapo

    Have you even used FCPX?

  • Igor Fazlyev

    I haven’t switched back from macs, however in my opinion at the end of the day it’s all a matter of what you’re used to. I’ve always used Windows and over the years got used to it and the few times that I’ve been ‘exposed’ to macs my experience has always been rather negative, I’ve always felt lost. 
    One time a friend asked me for help connecting her MacBook to the Internet. It was back in the olden days of dialup and classic Mac OS (pre OS X). Up to that point I’d only heard praise about Macs and was quite excited about finally getting my hands on one. But unfortunately it was a very bad anticlimax for me; the thing kept freezing, the interface looked outdated compared to Windows so overall I didn’t like it.
    Then several years later a client I had asked me to help them with a mac pro they used for graphic design that had for some reason stopped working with the printer. It was already running OS X and overall my impression was that the OS had been significantly improved but we weren’t able to do anything about the printer issue. The thing just wouldn’t see it. The help in the OS was useless and so was mac support that simply walked us through some standard troubleshooting steps and when that didn’t help they told us to bring the computer and the printer to their office, which was in another town.
    Finally, again a few years back, I fell for the hype surrounding the iPod and bought an iPod classic, primarily because of its HD capacity. Unfortunately it proved to be one of the most frustrating experiences with a digital MP3 player that I’ve ever had to date: I had a fairly large collection of audiobooks, all neatly arranged in folders in my windows PC and I had assumed (stupidly in hindsight) that I would be able to simply drag and drop all those folders onto the iPod and start listening to them, the way it’s done on every other ‘normal’ jukebox – no such luck with the iPod – it wouldn’t see the files and folders I dragged and dropped onto it in Windows Explorer. I had to use iTunes, in which I ended up having to manually create a play list for each of my audiobooks. I never copied all of them onto that iPod as it was a major pain in the ass.Then there were video files that had to be converted to some special Apple format before they could be played on the iPod and most of the ones I had converted without sound, for some reason.  And finally to add insult to injury I then discovered that you can’t copy audio files from the iPod onto another computer. (I mean naturally there’s third party software for Windows and Linux that allows you to do that but iTunes won’t let you do that). 
    So I have no plans of switching over to macs any time soon.

  • Steven

    Loved the bit about finding yourself buying a frickin nano wrist watch! I too had a conversion with a somewhat similar trajectory. I hated everything Apple (it was a 90’s thing) until the iPod which was my gateway product. I had a $2500 HP laptop that died 1 month out of a 3 year extended warranty, even though I had complained of the problem that led to its death while it was still under warranty. HP refused to help me out. Jerks. My list of laptop makers was growing mighty thin because I vowed never to buy another HP, Dell, or Toshiba. I honestly had a huge problem finding a PC that wasn’t total rubbish. I initially bought a top of the line Lenovo T400 and after 2 weeks it arrived. A total piece of expensive rubbish. The build quality was the worst I’ve ever seen. I could have snapped it in 2 with my fingers. Apple had just released the unibody and I read the reviews. I wanted them to totally suck, but everyone was just raving about them. So my girlfriend convinced me to pick one up at a local big box store where I could easily return it. So I had the T400 and the unibody sitting there side by side. There was no contest. I couldn’t even look at the Thinkpad, and I decided to pay the 10% restocking fee knowing Lenovo would never get another nickel from me. I’m on my 3rd unibody, iPad 1, and I have a Touch. Hopefully Apple won’t get too big and sink under its own weight the way Microsoft has done. I guess there’s always Linux if that happens. It’s free, if your time is worth nothing, as the saying goes. P.S. I found the Linux troll amusing in the comments below since he was defending Flash which runs like total crap under Linux. The world will be better off without Flash. Steve knows.

  • Nate

    Umm…

  • Steven

    I found your defence of Flash pretty funny since it runs like absolute crap on Linux distros. Linux may be great for you, but there are a lot of folks who find they don’t want to spend their lives on forums trying to solve config problems to get their mouse driver working. Also Linux cannot properly run any of the professional stuff folks need to make a living, like Adobe’s stuff, Final Cut, Logic, etc. Finally, I think crashing a list of this kind in the manner you did is just the worst kind of trolling. Save it for your Linux lists and have a bit of bloody respect and tolerance for difference. 

  • Rez Duane

    I understand your point of view, Igor.  Changing OSs can often be frustrating.  I suppose I had so much animosity toward Windows that I was determined to change.  It really didn’t take as long as I thought it would so now I’m very comfortable with the Apple operating system and find it much more user friendly than the Windows OS.  But as I stated previously, I never really liked Windows from the beginning.  I used DOS until Windows 95 came out and finally had to switch because there were no more DOS programs and DOS just wasn’t keeping up with current progress.

    I faced all the things you mention with the iPod, videos and music files but as with any changes I just kept on until I figured them out and now it’s all a breeze.

  • dmkraig

    Respectfully, Gooney, it’s not 95% of people choosing Windows, it’s most company IT departments choosing Windows to A) keep initial costs lower and B) give them job security. When you look at the actual markets Apple competes in (i.e., computers over $1,000), an astounding 91% choose Macs. (Source: BetaNews: http://tinyurl.com/ly5o24)

  • Rez Duane

    Yeah, like installing programs . . . gotta have this driver and that driver.  Need to update your anti-virus program, spybot program, all the utilities you have to have just to keep it going.  Then try dealing with a tech-support person.  First, try finding one that speaks good english.  Then they can’t fix the problems anyway.  I never received any good help from a Windows tech-support person.  I always had to figure it out myself.  And how about those automatic updates?  Joke.

    Compare to customer support for Mac.  They fix it every time.

    I have had a couple of hardware problems with my mac.  One, a main board went out on my mac-mini.  Took it to the Apple store and they had it back the next day.  Another, a hard-drive went out.  Fixed it that day.  No wonder Apple customer service is number one.  You certainly don’t get that with Microsoft.

    But then, I suppose I’m biased  <g></g>

  • Jdsonice

    Several government sites, several bank sites, just to name a few. It sucks that I have to keep a Windows machine up at home for that.

    I know, I could run VMware or Parallels but that is an expense that I don’t want when the only reason I would do it is for IE.

    Don’t get me wrong, office is still Windows and it makes sense there. But at home my Mac is the machine.

  • Jdsonice

    I know exactly what you mean. The fact that the Mac “just works” makes you want a lot more from the PC. I have a hard time working on the PC now.

    I just upgraded my machine to Lion and it was the smoothest upgrade ever. I started it and walked away. An hour later it was all done and ready to rock and roll.

    Try that with a PC and you will be ready to kill someone at the end of it. Pure untreated garbage OS and the hardware, even the expensive good stuff is sub-standard.

  • Algalli

    Welcome aboard.  For me it was seeing the first Mac in 1984 and being immediately able to use it.  No coaching, no reading manuals just use it  My wife quickly followed as it was ideal t write and edit her writers organizations news letter.  We never looked back.

  • coolfactor

    “But, man, the insanely insane hardcore fringe is really something special.”

    Those aren’t the true Apple fanatics. Don’t let them fool you.

  • Fouzan Alam

    psychologically speaking, it has been proven that you’re actually happier if you are not given “choices” that can be undone. The issue with customizing windows is that every day you’ll say “let’s change this” and so you have that choice to keep changing it, which means you will never be as happy as someone who does not have a choice. Plus, the uniformity translates to ease of use.

  • Fouzan Alam

    Oh my gosh, i *hate* the obnoxiously animated advertisements… the two worst kinds are the ones that obscure important things, and take up the whole screen… and the kind that follow your mouse around or pop up when you mouse over certain words… :P

  • Fouzan Alam

    What I find hilarious is that linux supports 128 cores (maybe more now) but still can’t smoothly handle fullscreen flash… something isn’t right here :P

  • Ian Roberts

    “The cheap little devices like iPods and iPhones charm people” I think you mean expensive….

  • Znuff

    I disagree with the price compassion. Whatever you do, Macs are more expensive. 

    Compare this from the Apple Store, Quote on a 13.3″ MacBook Pro (that comes with 4GB):

    8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x4GB [Add $200.00]

    That is $200.00 for _4_ GB of extra RAM. Now, compare that to Alienware’s Options (also by Dell, and please bare in mind that Alienware is more expensive out of all the Windows Laptops available on the market), standard is 4GB:

    8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1333MHz (4DIMMS)[Add $120.00 or $4.00/month1]

    Also, some of Dell’s standard laptops start at 6GB as standard, and it’s only $60 for an extra 2GB of memory.

    Another simple comparision is the SSD upgrade. From the Apple Store: 

    256GB Solid State Drive [Add $650.00]

    And from the Alienware/Dell store:

    256GB Solid State Drive [Add $600.00 or $18.00/month1]

    And keep in mind this is only for Laptops. If you extend the comparision to the MacMini or the iMac, your brain will explode when you see the price difference. An upgrade from 500GB HDD to 750GB HDD is $150. An upgrade from 2GB of memory to 8GB of memory costs $300. If we compare that to Alienware Desktop upgrades, 12GB of Memory up from 6GB is only $250.

    And this comparision is not fair by any means.

    I’m comparing Apple’s “low end” computers with Dell’s high-end gaming ones.Now, if we take into account the OEM market, you’ll probably have a heart-attack. 16gb of DDR3 memory @ 2133Mhz is barely $199 on NewEgg.com:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/

    For laptops, 8GB of SODIMM DDR3 memory @ 1866Mhz is only $147:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/

    The most expensive SSD I could find of 256GB is one priced at $559:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/

    So please, don’t serve anyone the excuse that Macs aren’t more expensive than PCs.

  • Tim Staab

    I installed Lion on day one and am running Photoshop CS5 without any problems. Stop spreading bad information.

  • Znuff

    Your commenting system screwed up my paragraphs.

  • ArrowSmith

    Dude, Microsoft doesn’t design and manufacture PCs. Why are you blaming them for Dell & HP incompetence?

  • Rick Schallack

    Wow, I didn’t know that me, my wife of 20 years and three of our children (ages 13, 11, and 6) were homosexual. Thank you for that. You really are trolling deep Gooney…I actually think you envy people who are successful and have the cash to buy Apple’s products without bemoaning the fact they “cost too much.” 

    My guess is that you’re an Apple wannabe, but you don’t make enough at Starbucks to afford the kit.

  • Tom Chwojko-Frank

    Yes, Windows is great because it’s someone else’s fault. Apple wins over people because they don’t pass the buck between hardware and software (a distinction customers don’t care about).

    Imagine going to your car mechanic with a problem and they tell you it’s a software problem, go talk to the programmers, who then send you back to the mechanics.

  • ArrowSmith

    You obviously don’t know the history of the PC industry to say such ignorant things. The Microsoft/OEM strategy won out over Macs back in the 80s because that’s what people wanted.

  • Harvey Lubin

    “Ninety-nine percent of Apple fans are very nice. But, man, the insanely insane hardcore fringe is really something special.”

    I’m a longtime Mac user… but not what might be considered to be a “fanboi”. 

    Yes, in any group there will always be a slightly insane minority. But you must be aware that this sword cuts both ways. Too often we will hear or read the Windows “insane fringe” spouting ridiculous, hatred-filled lies about Macs, about which they have no real knowledge. In most cases they will just regurgitate the ignorant things they have been told by others in their faction.

    This seems to be the problem with fanbois on both sides. Not knowing much about something and having a hatred for it is simply bigotry.

    I have used both Mac and Windows PCs, and after comparing the user experiences I have consciously chosen the one that I prefer.

    This is the way that it should be for everyone. Why waste time and energy ranting about something that you don’t use? Just enjoy the one you have chosen, and feel confident and happy in your choice.

  • againddave

    I’m from the mac generation of 1991.. was ‘lucky’ not to have invested in a quadra 900 just a second before the 950 came out at 33mhz. I went through the excruciating period of being called …’roadkill on the information superhighway’ because of my belief in getting things done, as opposed to sincere time-wasting fixing the computer. and thank you for the experience today of Apple’s justifiable market cap, share price, and simplicity of getting things done. I luv u windows. not.

  • Mike W.

    Typo – it’s 38%

  • K johnson

    I suspect that has more to do with ActiveX plugins exclusive to IE rather than having to do with W3 standards.

  • synthmeister

    Have you tried changing the User Agent in Safari? Just turn on Develop in the Advanced Preferences. Usually solves the IE nonsense.

  • vernieman

    Brilliant article :) Enjoyed it!

  • Rez Duane

    Dude, where do I even mention Dell or HP?  I’m talking the Windows Operating System.  Nothing else.

  • Hans Uy Maristela

    I’m reading this from a pre-LION MAC iBook G4 (circa 2004) – which started its peripatetic life in Singapore, then almost a year in Oslo, followed by five winters in Copenhagen, before finally coming back home to sunny California – because my barely-three-year-old DULL Perspiron burned itself out (but not sans a dramatic, multi-decibel Sturm und Drang before finally bidding Auf Wiedersehen). That DULL will be repaired & donated while I save up for a new Mac Book Air (which will perfectly match the rest of my iDevices, including my future iPhone 5). 

  • jmmxx

    95% USE Windows – not choose. Most have no choice. Either they are at work, or they are in a economic situation in which Mac is not an option, or they have never experienced the Mac.

    None of that is choice.

    As for the politics of how MSFT came to dominate the market… that is not the simplistic story that many would have you believe.


    Still, over 50% of Mac buyers in Apple stores are buying their first Mac. Apple products continually receive the highest satisfaction ratings in the industry.

    That may not say it all, but it does say a lot.

  • jmmxx

    Precisely my point.

    MSFT used IE + ActiveX + Proprietary version of Javascript to marginalize other platforms. Even IE on the Mac was different enough that many sites would not work properly. 

    This is one of the main reasons they dominate. Coercion by monopoly power. 
    —–

    It is also the reason that Apple produce Safari. Now for certain there will always be at least one browser that will run HTML5 standard so that their sites will work properly. That was a a strategic move they made several years ago to prepare for this time.

  • Rez Duane

    ArrowSmith, I’m sure in your statement is something that is meant to prove a point.  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find it.  What does something that happened in the eighties have to do with this thread?
    The point Tom seems to be making is that Mac takes care of the problem without passing the buck.  Hardware or software.  Although there’s seldom a software problem with OS X.  Certainly not like Windows which is a software problem in itself.
    If you’ve ever ran into a problem in Windows, and I know you have, if you call for tech help and tell them Windows won’t recognize your new widget you just connected to your PC they will go through their little tech book which will ultimately lead them to telling you it’s not Window’s fault.  You’ll need to call the manufacturer of your new widget. Call them and they’ll tell you it’s a Windows problem, probably a driver or something similar.  Usually, the best thing is to find some forum where other people have experienced the same problem and you’ll find the answer there.
    It has nothing to do with the PC/Microsoft strategy which obviously does not have a very good track record.
    The Apple strategy has apparently shown itself superior in that if you buy a Mac and anything goes wrong with it, software OR hardware, they will fix it.  Period.  Try calling Microsoft with the PC you built or bought from Dell, HP, Viao or any other clone and ask them to fix it.  It ain’t gonna happen.
    ‘Course, you could take it to the Geek Squad . . .

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    You so fail.  If you don’t have an Apple, how do you know the Adobe apps don’t run?

    Regurgitating lies and hearsay, again, hater?

    Just so you know, I’m working with Adobe and their products have been tested and working on Lion for months now.

    You’re so vary fail.

  • ArrowSmith

    I’m not saying that the old Microsoft/OEM model holds in 2011. If you read about Windows 8, Microsoft is establishing hardware guidelines to “lock down” the platform a bit. Meaning the “wild west” days of Windows PCs are just about over. You still won’t get the full vertical integration as a Mac, but Windows 8 PCs will be VERY close in quality to Macs.

  • jmmxx

    It should be noted that there are a fair share of iHaters who are at least equally fanatic as the “fanbois”

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    You so fail.  If you don’t have an Apple, how do you know the Adobe apps don’t run?Regurgitating lies and hearsay, again, hater?Just so you know, I’m working with Adobe and their products have been tested and working on Lion for months now.You’re so vary fail.

  • jmmxx

    Goog post – but I would like to take issue with one thing:
    “That may have been a fair criticism when using a computer was an emerging function…”

    Not really. I have been a software engineer in Unix and Windows since 1990, and have a MS in Comp Sci. I think I understand technology as much as the next engineer. I have been using Macs at home since 1992 and it was never because I did not understand tech. It always was – and still is – because I (for one) want to use my computer to get work done, and the Mac has always freed me from having to be a sys admin at home. 

    If you LIKE being sys admin at home, and guru to 50 friends in your spare time, stay with the Windows system and happy sailing to you. Just let me enjoy the boat of my choice as well.

  • Nikos Polychroniadis

    see this video with him… Late 90’s
    http://youtu.be/SJFsv_eWzkI?t=

  • Your Master

    Agree with Kendall — your image suggests you like using images from 2002-2003 to make your point about something in 2011.  So, I will be just like you. 

    “Windows 7 sucks because Windows 3.1 used to not do….”

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    You, my friend, don’t know the history of the PC industry, to say even more ignorant things.  PC’s were out before MS Workgroups, and then MS Windows.  It was a partnering pushed by MS for OEM solutions.

    It’s not because of what people wanted but rather that PC makers were getting a kick-back from MS on sales.  It was greed of manufactures no consumers that created the MS/Intel branding strategy, you dolt.For more information, go to a library or research Silicon Genesis via Stanford University.

  • jmmxx

    This may be true, and I certainly disagree with people who use terms like sheep and cow for people with other preferences (be they technical or societal).

    That said, one of my long long long term pet peeves with Mac OS, is the inability to modify desktop appearances (i.e. window colors) This is NOT because I simply want my own view, but rather because I have bad eyesight and I hate having my train of thought interrupted several times a day because I clicked on a background window rather than something in the foreground window. 

    There are times like this that I grumble agreement eight the iHaters about control issues at the top of Apple.

    (In the end however, this is so minor a point in the overall scheme of things!)

  • Rob Watterson

    That dialogue box is from OS 8 or earlier.  That’s 1990’s.  Feel stupid now?

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    Any site that requires the use of ActiveX controls, dolt.

  • Shaun Meloy

    That’s the de facto Windows rebuttal; always making promises about the next product, but never truly delivering. 

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    Really?  PC Magazine and the others are covering Mac (Apple) more and more, especially in their Top lists and Choice awards.

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    Yeah, and how can one be poor and still be able to afford an iPad2?  (^_^)

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    Only if you’re old(er) and know/remember the classic SNL skits.

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    I think there’s two answers that will get you escorted out.  (^_^)

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    We all do realize that OS X is built on UNIX, right?  (^_^)

  • Paul

    Sorry, totally bogus arguments which shows a lack of basic knowledge of the Mac.
    There is no such thing as games or programs that Macs cannot run. Macs can run Windows *natively*, and have had that capability for more than 5 years now.
    And Macs are customizable in all sorts of ways. You clearly have never actually used one for any length of time.
    Oh, and the “Apple premium” is also a myth. Looking at machines with comparable specs and factoring in the cost of needed software, you actually get *more* value with a Mac.

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    ZOMG you’re such a dolt. lol

  • Paul

    No, they won out by signing exclusivity contracts with the manufacturers. A very different thing from consumer demand.

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    FYI, FCPX has been totally rewritten (code) from the ground up, and they did not have all of the cycles to port all of the features.  Expect updates to help alleviate some of the issues.

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    Oh, really?  And I heard that you’re a homosexual 83% of the time… but I’m cool with that.  (^_^)

  • Kevin’s Squirrel

    Oh snap!  (^_^)

  • Martian Ambassador

    No amount of dollars saved is worth enduring a Windows system for the useful life of a computer. Since I operate Macs, you should know that we’re talking about a damn long time here and not the handful of years that Dell hardware can manage.

  • Paul

    To be blunt, you assumed way too much, and acted without thinking.
    I can’t speak to your description of issues back in the pre-OS X days, but with regard to the printer, you just gave up rather than bothering to take it to the shop? Did you even try reinstalling printer drivers, for instance?
    And as for your iPod experience, you simply figured it would act just like a Windows MP3 player. You didn’t bother to do even a tiny bit of research about disk formats, apparently.
    To sum up, you blithely assumed that the Mac OS would work just like Windows, never bothered to research it at all, and now you blame Macs for your own shortcomings.

  • Paul

    I call FUD. You say the “hardware just doesn’t hold up,” then complain about FCPX?
    I can see you being unhappy about FCPX, but you’re gone *really* hate Win7 and Lenovo. And how much are you gonna shell out for Windows software that does anything like the same functions?
    Oh, and those “cheaper” Dells? Not if you get equivalent specs. It’s pretty foolish to make unsupported statements that are so easy to check on.

  • qka

    Yes, Linux is widely used in business – for servers, for dedicated control systems, and all sorts of other applications out of view of the employees and customers.

  • DerekCurrie

    “Third, I had encountered so many hardcore fanboy [Windows] haters in my career….”

    Yeah, these are the tards that give Apple fanbois a bad name. as a decrepit old soldier from the Computer Warz I can tell you that we of the ‘in crowd’ did our best to stop such people from spilling outside the pro-Apple areas of the Internet. From our POV, all we wanted to eviscerate were the anti-Apple trolls/haters who came to Apple centric areas to misery monger and lie. Only the idiots ventured over to Windows centric parts of the net to perform reprisals. That behavior justifiably is condemned and flamed by Windows fanbois with Apple fanbois compliments.

    Meanwhile, as a crusty old Mac expert, I still work with Windows boxes, am on the board of the local Windows user group and give shareware presentations there every month. It’s a great group and none of us really care who has what computer as long as we all help one another to learn and put our technology to work.

  • qka

    For several years now, I have been noticing how many Macs are in the labs featured on PBS’ “NOVA” and other science reporting shows. About 5 years ago, on one show about the Mars Rover & the folks at JPL, I counted conservatively 4 Macs and only one non-Apple laptop. I say conservatively, there could have been more but I was very much resisting double counting and only counted those that were obviously belonging to an individual, no counting those shown without an owner. Also, had to wonder of that one odd laptop was running Windows or Linux.

  • Paul

    The 1st thing anybody hears when asking about buying a Mac is, “Don’t buy RAM from Apple.” It’s much cheaper to buy and install your own. Same goes for hard drives, for machines that are user-accessable.
    And note that the price difference on SSDs between Apple and Dell is all of $50.
    Then you have the superior OS and included software in Macs. Added value not found in the Dells.
    And Macs last much longer than Dells, and retain WAY more resale value. Check out used Macs and Dells on eBay sometime.
    You need to learn about the concept of Return On Investment. Macs have a ROI that is vastly superior to any PC manufacturer.

  • qka

    You are obviously a computer newbie because you think that’s what people wanted. it was what people were SOLD. Before that, most of the PCs sold came with the OS developed by the manufacturer. Only notable exception was CP/M.

    (Programming computers since [probably] before you were born.)

  • Nija Mashruwala

    If you want a solution for your pet peeve, there are at least two options (these are off the top of my head – more and better ones may certainly exist).
    1. System Preferences -> Universal Access -> [ Adjust as needed ]
    2. Depending on your OS X version, Tinkertool/Candybar/iconpaper or one of its ilk
    Hope this helps.

     

  • Ex2bot

    I’m going to have the *last* word here. Macs win.

    Thanks everybody, and have a safe drive home!

  • Rez Duane

    That would be a good thing for Microsoft but what I just read is that MS is going to rush Windows 8 out to compete with the iPad 3. http://binnx1.wordpress.com/20…  It’s bad enough when MS doesn’t rush something but if they’re going to rush Win8 I’m envisioning days of Windows ME or something.

  • ArrowSmith

    I don’t think so. MSFT has learned from past mistakes and makes very high quality software these days.

  • jeffharris

    Great article!

    Yeah, I switched, too. Well, sort of…I had an IBM PC and a Princeton 12? amber display all specced out and went to Computerland (remember them?) ready to buy. The salesguy asked if I’d seen a Macintosh and pointed one out. He walked away to check stock on the PC and came back 10 minutes later.
    I bought the Mac.
    512K with dual 400K floppies and an ImageWriter.

    That was in January of 1985 and as close as I EVER got to buying a PC.

  • ArrowSmith

    There are vast Windows knowledge bases out there. All you need is a working computer to Bing them.

  • gdavid2

    To change applications I rarely click a window, just use command-tab to move to the app I want. A lot less likely to interrupt your chain of thought, especially when you have a dozen applications running. 
    I don’t what you mean by “inability to modify desktop appearances”. Or why you would need to after discovering command-tab. Changing the desktop itself is, of course, easyI haven’t switched to Lion yet, though. Haven’t figured out what to do about Quicken. I do detest Intuit, though.

  • Rez Duane

    Yup, like Vista.  Sorry for the sarcasm but I will give you that Win7 is the best they’ve done in quite a while.  Windows also has the reputation of putting out a good build then messing it up with the next one.  
    Windows 3.xx – at least you could make a fairly easy repair.  Windows 95 – are you kidding?  Windows 98 – better.  Windows ME – what is THIS???  Windows XP – pretty decent.  Windows Virus, oops, Vista.  Gimme a break! Windows 7 – not bad. See a pattern here?  I forgot to mention Windows NT and 2000 which were both fairly decent. 
    Admittedly, I’ve only been with Macs since they came out with the Intel chip so I can’t speak for their past performance. I did try ‘em before the Intel chip and didn’t care for ‘em.  But once I made the switch, I couldn’t imagine going back into that headache called affectionately by some, Windoze.

  • Rez Duane

    Which creates a real problem if you need both a working computer AND a Windows knowledge base.

    Sorry!  I couldn’t resist the opportunity ;-)

  • Franklin Steel

    “Technical” people who scoff at Macs are more like technical wannabes.  Real tech people  know Unix, and therefore use Macs.  

  • azulum

    amen, bother. i too had a similar experience except that

    a) it was a 12″ powerbook g4
    b) it was just out of applecare
    c) i bought it on ebay
    d) it was a lemon (or demon possessed)—i had a lot of problems with the logic board, HD, even superdrive. all fixes were free. but there were just so many.

    so i called and talked to applecare—their response (this might be verbatim):

    yeah, you are out of warranty…but that’s a lot of fixes, so we’re gonna go ahead and settle with you. unfortunately, we no longer make the 12″ powerbook g4—would you like the 13″ macbook or the 15″ macbook pro?

    i’ll let you ponder which one i chose.

    they bought a lot of goodwill from me that day.

  • Rez Duane

    If this keeps going like this there’ll only be a string of letters going down the page.

  • DysonApps

    I’m reading this on that very same iMac and am just as thrilled!

  • witsblogjosh

    Great article!

  • Elisabeth Mead

    Despite the probability of being attacked here, I’d like to recount how apple did not get it’s (formerly) white little fangs into me.
    Roughly eight years ago, when those super-cool dancing ipod commercials were all the rave, I really wanted an ipod, having previously carried a cd player and wallet full of my top cds around and having to deal with them skipping and getting scratched constantly.
    I got the last non-color ipod, whatever generation that was.  It was pretty exciting.  I had it for a few months and the hard drive was fried.  So, we drove out to the apple store about an hour away and they replaced it.  I had that one for a few months and then the headphone jack broke. I could still dock it, but that was no good for carrying it around.  So, we drove out and it was replaced again (this time, for a smallish fee). The next time it broke, half of the screen wouldn’t come on.  Drove out again, and had it replaced for the same fee.  Another hard drive issue, and when I went back, they hadn’t made that model for quite some time and had stopped keeping them on-hand for folks like me.  The “genius” offered me a silver 80gb iPod “classic” for around $200, which I got because I was unaware of any reasonable options. It had video and colors, which were nice, but I couldn’t help but think that for my purposes, which were still just listening to music on the bus, it was kind of a rip.
    That one held out a lot longer than the previous model I’d had, making it to about three years with only one free replacement in the interim.  Keep in mind that I’d only ever dropped any ipod once, and in that case it hadn’t broken for another month.  I had hard plastic and soft silicone cases but since they took no abuse, they could be of no help.
    By the time that classic finally croaked last winter, I had decided that I never wanted to deal with apple again.  I had a crummy 1gb shuffle that I’d won in a raffle that I used until I bought myself a shiny new windows 7 phone, which has plenty of memory (especially after having to whittle down my music collection to things I’d like to hear on the shuffle.
    I love the zune program and the integration with xbox live, as well as how easily it works with my dell netbook, which has been going strong since I bought that (immediately when windows 7 came out). 
    With all of the hardware problems I’ve had with ipods, even though I took the best care of them, I doubt that I could trust apple with anything more serious than music… not that I’ll be doing that anymore, either.

  • Jeremy Rom

    It really was the iPod and then the iPhone that led me to only having an old PC in a corner that hasn’t been touched in over a year. When I got my first iPod I joked that I’m moving to the dark side and now I realize that was the first decision that made my computing life a million times less complicated. 

  • petermillard

    “For those of you under the age of 25, a magazine is a blog made out of trees…”
    That’s going in a forum sig. somewhere, for sure.

  • Alexander

    It’s almost the same story for me. My Sony Vaio is covered by dust, while i’m happy to use iMac, iPad, iPhone and AppleTV. So I confirm – no one is safe :-)

  • sadirbabe

    String of lettersarecool!

  • ginalee

    One of the few times someone actually mentions my pet windows/dell peeve – the stickers.

    Why do people who own dell laptops insist on keeping these fugly stickers on the handrest? The thought alone makes me aggressive.

  • D4RK-PH0ENiX

    about audiobooks in folders: I had the same mindset when I switched to mac and iTunes for managing my collections. however I noticed one thing – it’s enough to make a m3u playlist and iTunes will import it as a custom playlist. thus I wrote a small script which created m3u playlists for each folder, named after the folder. my problem was solved and my audiobooks were neatly imported as custom playlists to iTunes.

  • Jacques Sauve

    I think it’s simple: “Once you go Mac, you never go back!”

  • twitter-28439603

    That’s ridiculous.  There were millions of Apple IIs, etc., out there too.  No way 95%.

  • twitter-28439603

    No, it’s not.  It’s got rounded buttons & shadow.  Clearly OS X (-ish).

  • qka

    I think you meant INexpensive.

  • qka

    But I doubt it screwed up your spelling & grammar.

  • qka

    Hey Kevin the Roadkill Trolling Squirrel:

    You’re no rocket scientist yourself.

  • GEOKLV

    Man, what a juicy article. Mike, you are a true writer. Pin pointed the essentials, through a chronicle of a lifetime of experience. Thx Mike for talking the talk as it truly and simply is.

  • Zactu

    I had two windows machines, and bought a macmini 2 years ago, and it feels like a heavy cloak has been lifted. It has saved me money and my time. I have been there and have no intention of going back. A similar experience as I. Enjoy.

  • Zactu

    My 2009 macmini sits atop my windows tower (which all it’s good for now). Even though the windows box is ready to be powered on and used at any time, I think it must have cobwebs in it by now. Just imagine if I did turn it on and all those windows updates come down…no no not nice to think about that, and then anti-virus updates, etc oh no….

  • cyberb0b

    Me too. I call BS on that comment. He doesn’t use a Mac so how would he know how well anything runs on one? He links to a site called Apple Haters so you aren’t going to get any unbiased comment from anyone that associates themselves with anything HATE related. 

  • cyberb0b

    I am a sys admin for work and at home and I do all of it with my Mac. I support a vast Windows Server network and 125 end users and my Mac is the only machine that I can always rely on. 

  • cyberb0b

    Don’t comment until you have your facts straight and are old enough to wear big girl panties!

  • vinesa

    interesting chain

  • jmmxx

    A buddy of mine – very high level unix programmer – has been gently subjected to my hints to get a Mac for years. Finally bought a Mac Pro (yes – no “Book” in that) to do video editing asa hobby.

    He regularly works from home, logging in over VPN. His company provided him with a Windows laptop to do so, but he found that this laptop dropped the connection several times a day – sometimes several times per hour. Hard to get work done lake that. So he tried his Mac – almost never drops the connection, he tells me. 

    He has no idea why. Both wired into the identical network. The Mac just works. (Rather expensive terminal – he quips :P  )

  • Kurt Anderson

    All throughout college I worked as a PC repair tech for my university and a national retail computer chain. I too, knew the every in and out and tip and trick to keep Windows PCs running smoothly. Basically, back up data, full reformat and reinstall every 3 or so months and a Windows box would run well more or less. But average users just didn’t have the time, patience, or knowledge to to that. I spent hours and hours a day, every day, bashing my head against the wall trying to get Windows PCs to work the way people wanted them to work. Rarely happened. I got so sick of fixing other peoples computers, then coming home and fixing mine, I just gave up. I ordered a Dual 867 PowerMac (MDD) before my senior year of college (and the 17″ ASD). I had that thing for 6 years and never skipped a beat. Sold in on Craiglist. Bought a C2D Mac Mini. Loved it. Then bought a Quad 2.66 i5 27″ which I still have. This computer is absolutely everything I’ve ever wanted in a computer. I now have the ATV2, iPhone 4, Nano, AEBS, and AExpress, and an iPad. Everyone of my friends I’ve helped switch to Macs have said their Mac “changed how they viewed what a personal computing experience should be.” Call me a fanboy. Don’t care. My Apple products all perform seamlessly. And I’ve never had a virus (or antivirus software), never had an OS crash, never had to edit registries to fix endless driver/software uninstall conflicts, never had to worry that when I need to use my computer I’d likely see the BSOD. I have no problem with people having a preference toward computers, or cars, whatever. But for those of us who literally spent thousands of hours fixing, reinstalling, updating, hunting for drivers, seeing BSODs and illegal operations errors (WFT is that anyway?), repaired hard drives wiped by viruses, fixed PCs infected by trojan after rootkit and trojan after rootkit, explained to customers that getting blue screens of death is just a “normal part of the Windows experience and that I am incapable of fixing fundamentally flawed software” only to have them look at you like you just told them whatever god they believe in is a myth . . . I think you get the point.

  • Chris Boore

    I am admitted Mac addict.  I jumped right in when the first Mac came out in the 80s…my first computer. For a brief time I was forced back to the “dark side” because so many of my business associates couldn’t open Word or Excel documents created on a Mac. Compatibility was never an issue going from PC to Mac, but there was a time when it didn’t go well in the other direction, so I begrudgingly switched back to Windows. I hated every moment of this several year experience. Finally, 6 years ago I joined a company where the founder and his son were both Mac devotees and I had my opportunity to come back into the light. It was from here that I started acquiring the so-called “mobile gateway drugs” and got hooked even more. You will have to pry my iPhone and iPad from my cold dead fingers, except when a new version is launched.

    Apple has done such a great job of producing elegant products and, as noted in the article, it seems that PC manufacturers seem to have lost respect for their platform. One of my current colleagues recently bought a MacBook Pro and literally runs nothing but Windows on it. It seems blasphemous to me, but it works for her because she is so steeped in Windows and Apple actually produces a better machine to run it than the PC makers.

  • PorthosJon

    Nice link-bait.  Always easy to throw a few lies out there, drop your link so people who are outraged will visit your site and get you hits, and then move on to trolling on the next site.

    1.  No other MP3 player has an App Store; therefore they do not do everything the iPod does “and more”.
    2.  No other MP3 player costs 1/3 of the price for the same storage space; name the vendor and retailer.
    3.  My iPhone (read iPod combined with phone because that is why I originally bought it) connects to 3 different computers.
    4.  I can put any music I want on it and it plays (unless you are referring to DRM’d music that isn’t from Apple, in which case you need to name the music store, and multiple players from different vendors which are compatible).
    5.  Windows cannot read/write from a Mac Partition on a hard drive; windows has no included “push server” with Windows Server; Windows does not, and cannot, retail for $30; windows Server cannot and will not retail for $50; Exchange Server cannot and will not be free with a $50 server product; Windows is not open source; Windows does not include basic photo & video editing software for free with their consumer operating system; Mac OS X does not come with 50 included apps that are not free and are proprietary revenue-enhancing leaders for vendors that 99% of people want nothing to do with; There is no migration path from a previous version of Windows to Windows 7, you must reinstall; Apple supports hardware that is upwards of 5 years old with their latest operating system.
    6.  Android based tablets cannot run the same operating system as an Android phone; All android phone apps are not compatible with all android tablets; The android user experience is not consistent across devices; The iPhone/iPad does not come with carrier-revenue-enhancing software that cannot be removed; there is no companion software for Mac or PC that will enable an Android phone to sync Music, Movies, Podcasts, Apps, and data backup if the user would like it to.
    7.  Mac OS X Lion can run all of the professional grade Adobe software.  I’m a developer and have been running Adobe CS 4, 5, & 5.5 under Lion since DP2.  There are some compatibility issues, but they are being addressed by Adobe (who is very late out of the gate, since they have had access to Lion technology at least as long as I have, which is 7 months prior to release).

  • Michael Wheeler

    Wow, what a comment thread!

    I enrolled in college as a Computer Science major in 1980. When the Macintosh came out in 1984 I immediately saw its potential and level of sophistication as a programmer. I’ve never understood any technical person that hasn’t. I’ve used CP/M, MS-DOS, RSTS/E (PDP-11/70), VMS (VAX 11/750 and beyond), and probably every version of Windows and I still earn my living to this day managing Windows-based servers, OpenVMS, and Solaris for a major university. 

    I’ve never owned anything but Macs starting in 1984 when they first arrived on the scene. They are great and always have been IMHO. They’ve always offered something that wasn’t available anywhere else in my experience. 

    I recently (April) won a Panasonic Toughbook. I booted it configured it then boxed it back up and it’s been there ever since. (Anybody want to make a offer?) I use a Mac desktop at work and also run Windows 7 on it under VMware Fusion. Windows 7 is great and so is Mac OS X. I just don’t see a need for anything but Mac at home. I’ve attempted to buy a cheap Dell to build my own Firewall/VPN box but after spec’ing various models out over a long period of time and having sticker shock every single time I do I really don’t understand the price argument people make about Macs. They’ve got to be totally uninformed I would think. Needless to say I’ve never made the purchase and probably never will.

    If Mac OS X tanked and Apple were to choose to build hardware for Windows then I’d probably look at that. Not that I’d expect it to last any longer than anything else out there but “Come On!” Have you really taken a good look at what the PC industry thinks “cool” hardware is?!!! It’s totally juvenile! It has to be huge, shaped funny, glow, pulsate, and blow papers off the desk in the next cubicle. Oh, and plastic, or metal sharp enough to be a ninja food processor.

    Windows 7 hasn’t given me the first problem yet but I still prefer the Mac — it’s just the whole package so-to-speak.

    -Mike

  • cjwilks

    If only this were always true. Snow Leopard has a well-documented software problem that makes a lot of Macbooks really slow when paired with certain wireless routers, with really bad “ping” times, etc. Google it, you’ll see what I mean… (Hopefully Lion fixed it…)

  • cjwilks

    “My iPhone … connects to 3 different computers.”
    I wish that were true for me. When I connect my iphone to a different computer it always says stuff like, “This device is already synced with another computer. Do you want to delete all your music and sync with this computer instead?”

  • PorthosJon

    There are a number of ways to do it, a quick google search will give you the info on how.  iClarified usually has detailed walk throughs for anything you want to do with Mac/iOS.

  • honkj

    There is nothing an Apple can do that a Windows machine or Android device can’t do better and cheaper. 
    uhh,  you may want to look at the 425,000 apps available for the iPod touch you were talking bout and tell us again about how you can do that with other MP3 players????

    and the 60,000 native apps for the iPad,  (along with 325,000 others) and tell us how Android device can do that????

    and the thinest laptop on the planet with the macbook air..(and still has the bigger display compared to the next competitor)….. and tell us how dell has to keep trying to copy the next great thing???

    oh and case you haven’t heard about Adobe products…
    here is a little tomb from a software engineer writing some code and //commenting it…  and then tell us how “lion” can’t run that… (thank god)….

    // At this point, I’d like to take a moment to speak to you about the Adobe PSD// format. PSD is not a good format. PSD is not even a bad format. Calling it// such would be an insult to other bad formats, such as PCX or JPEG. No, PSD// is an abysmal format. Having worked on this code for several weeks now, my// hate for PSD has grown to a raging fire that burns with the fierce passion// of a million suns.//// If there are two different ways of doing something, PSD will do both, in// different places. It will then make up three more ways no sane human would// think of, and do those too. PSD makes inconsistency an art form. Why, for// instance, did it suddenly decide that *these* particular chunks should be// aligned to four bytes, and that this alignement should *not* be included in// the size? Other chunks in other places are either unaligned, or aligned with// the alignment included in the size. Here, though, it is not included. Either// one of these three behaviours would be fine. A sane format would pick one.// PSD, of course, uses all three, and more.//// Trying to get data out of a PSD file is like trying to find something in the// attic of your eccentric old uncle who died in a freak freshwater shark// attack on his 58th birthday. That last detail may not be important for the// purposes of the simile, but at this point I am spending a lot of time// imagining amusing fates for the people responsible for this Rube Goldberg of// a file format.//// Earlier, I tried to get a hold of the latest specs for the PSD file format.// To do this, I had to apply to them for permission to apply to them to have// them consider sending me this sacred tome. This would have involved faxing// them a copy of some document or other, probably signed in blood. I can only// imagine that they make this process so difficult because they are intensely// ashamed of having created this abomination. I was naturally not gullible// enough to go through with this procedure, but if I had done so, I would have// printed out every single page of the spec, and set them all on fire. Were it// within my power, I would gather every single copy of those specs, and launch// them on a spaceship directly into the sun.//// PSD is not my favourite file format.

  • Iljajj

    Still think the //gs is one of the most elegant machines Apple ever made, both on the outside and inside. Hard to get even on eBay these days, alas…

  • Mark Mayer

    Predictive typing FTW! XD

  • Mark Mayer

    CP/M!!! A fellow relic salutes you!

  • Rob Lewis

    As a computer engineering major, I’m one of those guys that should have been a PC nerd. In fact, after starting with a liberally-hacked Apple II, I took a job at a PC software company and that set my path for the next few years. Then I had a chance to try early desktop publishing on a Mac SE, and despite the annoyances I was hooked. Partly it’s a consequence of getting older and less willing to put up with junk. You appreciate the value of a tool that’s elegantly designed and “just works.” 

  • Iljajj

    What opened me up to the world of Apple was my first ‘real’ computer, and Atari 520ST (with the 256K expansion kit, of course) in 1987 or ’88. Having an Atari was cool enough, but some time after someone gave me a hacked version of the Atari Mac emulator. Using my dad’s Plus, I patiently transferred his Mac programs via RS232 cable to the Atari and was finally able to use Photoshop 0.8, MS Word 4 (IIRC) and best of all, Dark Castle. Of course, it froze lots of times.

    Since then, I’ve been a consistent Mac user, although I’ve done lots of work on PCs, Linux boxes and even Silicon Graphics machines: sometimes out of necessity, but mostly out of curiosity. I collect old 8-bit machines, and take a lot of satisfaction out of booting up my old C128D or Apricot Portable. Lovely machines. And I’ve got loads of old Macs, from my dad’s old Plus to a G4. I know more collectors, and we all get a kick out of getting old stuff working, or working again. Anorak time.

    But for day-to-day work, I wouldn’t trade in my Mac (a MBA) for anything. I’m not that positive about Apple’s recent design paradigms (part. the notebooks), but I simply see no viable alternative to OSX. That’s partly because I’ve grown with the Mac OS from system 4 onwards, of course; but all of my initial benevolence towards Windows (XP) was quickly countered by all sorts of problems. 

    And being the ‘computer guy’ for a lot of people that meant that all the abuse aimed at XP was also directed towards me. Let’s just say that the moment I decided not to give support for Windows machines any more my life got a lot easier – and less frustrating. I’ve been able to lure most of my friends over to ‘my’ side; and although that went with the promise of eternal support, I’ve only had to deliver on that promise once.

  • Nitehawk D Jarrett II

    Actually Lion CAN run Adobe products as long as they are CS4 or higher. I’ve used many, many, systems and computers (windows included). And Macs are just better and more reliable. And as with any system update you’re going to run into problems running older software until they are updated. That’s true with ANY operating system. One reason I haven’t upgraded to Lion yet. The only product Apple has released that I will never get and see no use for is the iCrap… uh I meant iPad.

  • Munchygut Cache

    Haha…I bet it was an Osborne with that huge 6″ CRT!  I used to work at a computer store in the Chicago burbs and we sold a ton of them (remember Colossal Cave?).  Every time we brought in a new printer, we would have to spend a few hours re-writing the printer drivers to get it to work.

  • Alibotify

    Maybe the MAC PRO works diffrent then a Macbook? Different cards and so on….

  • mai duc chung

    The usual idea is that you would use NFC to set up the link between the two devices and then do an automatic hand over to a different protocol for doing the actual transfer of data – eg Bluetooth,iphone 5

  • hexx thalion

    you look like a retard who can’t spell and probably sound like one too

  • Shammi Mohamed

    DEJA VU!!
    I felt like I was reading my own story. I’m a dev working @ Microsoft. Microsoft is the only company I’ve worked in since college and it’s been 12+ years. I can’t help but share the exact same experience you had with Apple products. I envied the iPhone and didn’t buy it out of principle until I finally gave in and bought my first 3Gs and then it was history. Yes, I stood in line for that iPad one day 1 and yes I replaced my XBox with an Apple TV. 

    Apple is contagious!!!

  • hexx thalion

    Happy Lightroom user on Lion here, not sure what you’re talking about, but considering what you stated (not a Mac user) I can clearly see where you’re coming from – unfounded trolling ;)

  • Top_Gear

    Great article!

  • Lars van der Meulen

    Such a load of bullcrap. “superior” OS?
    LOL, don’t make me laugh!
    As you can read here: http://threatpost.com/en_us/bl… 
    Apple is JUST NOW catching up to windows, which has always been superior.
    Same goes for this urban myth that Apple’s dont crash, don’t break, or keep their value….
    I know plenty of mac users that had to bring their macs to the macstore to get it fixed. At least a PC you can fix yourself…if you have some knowledge that is…if you can’t fix a PC, you classify as dumb, if you’re dumb, buy a mac ;)

  • DerekisaMAC

    I have and use both CS5 and Lightroom all the time and function flawlessly. I love my Mac, It can handle CS5, my quad-core Windows 7 machine takes forever to do the smallest tasks in CS5 where my Mac does it in a snap. You just don’t know what you’re talking about. You’re a fanboy dedicated to the brand you love and hating the one you don’t know, can’t afford, and have never used. Windows 7 is great, I love it, but Mac is really where it’s at!

  • GooneyGooGoo

    It’s good to see Apple failing again.  The next iPad is going to have a lot of catching up to do if it wants to compete with the screaming fast Android tablets out there.

    http://bit.ly/dI3hcF

  • Kirk Sanders

    The age of separation from the casual user and the power user.  Windows allowed you to pretend to be knowlegable about computers, now the pendulum swings the other way and the masses go back to their AppleTV’s while the true people in technology push the envelope with better devices.  Happened in the 80’s and history has a way…  Have fun keeping up by marrying yourself to a company that put the end user experience over physics, by not including fans in their Apple III cases like everyone else, opting to vent out the back for a more pleasant user experience.
    From here on forward there are those that do it in computers and those that use it.  You’ve been dumbed down and you’ll realize that Apple only plays nice with apple which is why you have their simple toys.  I will continue to sync wirelessly with my ZuneHD while apple blogs and trys to keep you in the dark by rolling out wireless syncing that requires a powersource to sync your mobile devices.
    Difference is in the details and will probably be overshadowed by Apple bloggers who know their inferior products  will only survive if they can get all the market share, or at least twist it by saying iPhone is #1 when actually Android OS is, just more models to choose from so of course the one phone Apple puts out a year will have greater sales than the better models that come in a variety and are coming out every month.
    Apple = overpriced $6000 Vespa scooter made in China, fun and easy to ride and gets you from point A to B.
    Others = Powerful Motorcycles that come in a variety for everyone in all speeds makes and models with no single PR, Blogging campaign to keep up the lies that the scooter can do everything the motorcycle can and is better.

    Computers were still in it infancy and PC’s were paving the way and working out the details for the less functional devices. If it was too complex…Apple wouldn’t touch it…fine PC will do the work and so called techies who supported end users got the brunt of the issues, well because windows users had to do more. There was never a problem that wasn’t fixable for me then and Apple just refused to do it. It may be less so today now that MAC has Office OS and the masses’ demand for simplicity and reliability in personal devices. Every PC I have built or bought has been light years ahead of the previous as personal computing was still making leaps and bounds.
    I am working off a beautifully designed and cooled Dell XPS 700 that is seven years old and is still my main computer that has allowed be to add Hard Drives 4TB, RAM 6Gb, BluRay, LightScribe, and is running Windows 7 beautifully. It still edits video beautifully on CS5. You could not say that about an Apple that is 7 years old.
    I am building my next PC one component at a time into a beautiful expandable white and black Corsair 600T tower case that will continue to be my home base along with NAS and Windows Server Software on servers in my basement for the next 7 years, and still access it with my phone or tablets that I currently do today with WHS, Android, Mesh, and other 3rd party software that is the best of breed.

    Computers have been moving too fast, so if you make a switch, you are most likely 2-3 generations behind and comparing the two experiences is ridiculous. Or comparing your Virtual Windows machine running on a Mac as that is just a marketing ploy to try to remind you why you didn’t like windows back in the day, cause MAC can not run an OS within an OS efficiently.

  • Kirk Sanders

    I have found that through my career that software developers are more likely to switch to MAC as they don’t fully appreciate the hardware or it’s capabilities and need to simplify in order to concentrate on the command-line or their object oriented environment.  They are smart with the code, but continuously are at odds with the hardware.  PC pushes the envelope of hardware and it is mostly foreign to most developers as someone who designs the inside of a car but is clueless to how the engine actually works and as time goes by more and more of them don’t know how to utilize the incredible power.  Hardware is more about the pretty case these days and how thin we can make it.  There is a price for that in efficiency, cost, performance, and compatibility.
    Dumbing down computers is where it’s going, that’s why Mac is gaining popularity.  All OS’s are easy to use now and most people’s opinions here are based in the 90’s and early 00’s when you had to use Windows because they were the only one’s getting it done.  iOS got a second chance with a win on personal devices where they got to customize OS for a specific device and caught others sleeping with the touch interface rolling out earlier than expected.  

    Wins were based on a simple OS for mobile devices.  But even now the hardware is catching up and Apple is showing that they are already a generation behind with the momentum in the hands of Android where anything is possible.  Even the things that are being touted in iOS5 are already done aside from syncing your tv with a tablet but it requires AppleTV.  Apple shows anything is possible as long as it is only with other MAC users/devices and after they have looked at competitors wins they try to found out how we can dumb it down, propietize it,  and roll it out with a pretty package with an extra useless feature and call it innovation.  I appreciate a nice case design like anyone, but not at the expense of no choice, less functionality, higher cost.  Those 3 are things that are secondary to a devoted Apple user.

  • mrBitch

    Lars,

    RE: “Such a load of bullcrap. “superior” OS?”
    Before you can comment on which OS is superior, you need to have had experience using many different operating systems, for many different purposes.  The funny thing about the difference between most Mac users and most PC users is that close to 100% of Mac users use PC at work or have at least 1 PC at home.  Mac users have made a choice with full knowledge of their experiences using PCs.  For most PC users, all they can come up with are stupid ignorant lies like your reply.
    You might want to think about that, and maybe even try using OSX before saying that it is NOT superior to Windows.

  • mrBitch

    Also, as a point of where I am coming from with my PC experience : I used to build PCs and was a hard core PC gamer for years, and I am currently a software developer coding for Linux and Windows platforms.

    As an example of one point of (huge) difference between using Windows (on a PC) and using OSX (on a Mac), this comment from “orthorim” :
    orthorimCollapseWell OS X has been better than Windows for a long time. For all the reasons you mention, but I want to add one more: Upgrading. It used to take me around 2 – 3 days until I had moved my data, re installed my apps, and tweaked almost every single preference and setting in the OS until I considered it ready for production work. With OS X, I have my entire system with all settings back 2 hours after taking a brand new machine out of the box, and those 2 hours are unsupervised copying of all my data from the last time machine backup. Then, I am ready to continue working. This alone would justify a higher price for the hardware. At consulting rates 2 to 3 days of work equal a whole new top end machine…

  • mrBitch

    Joy, RE : “.. Totally my story. Since I bought my first (CP/M) computer in 1980 I relished my geekiness and how I knew all the in’s and outs of my computers. Sold PCs, did tech support, taught users, wrote articles for computer rags, built my own machines… sneered at Apple’s simplicity.”

    I was a few years before that (started on a Tandy TRS-80 with 16Kb of RAM), but otherwise your story matches mine!
    (PS : this means I am much older than you.. =)

  • mrBitch

    Zing!

  • mrBitch

    RE: “.. Hypothetical question: your boss needs a new computer.  If he finds it too difficult to use, you get fired.  Which do you buy: A Windows, OS X, or Linux system?  There’s one answer that has a 99.9% chance of getting you escorted to your car by security.”

    Zing! (although I agree with Kevin, that there are two answers that will get you escorted out, not one).

  • mrBitch

    RE: “.. Linux offers many distributions, most are free and many are highly sophisticated; old PCs can be revived with Linux and given to those in need.”

    I completely agree with you, Linux is a great way to revive an old PC.

    In fact, it was Linux (first Gentoo release), that opened my eyes to the fact that a good OS that is coded efficiently can run really well even on old hardware, and it was Linux that started me off on exploring alternate Operating Systems.

    In fact, it was Linux that was my gateway drug to buying my first Macbook Pro almost 5 years ago, since it was then that I found out that the Mac OSX was actually a Unix based OS running a variant of BSD unix on a MACH micro kernel.

    When you bolt on a Unix based OS onto hardware that the OS was specifically tuned for, then you get the perfect blend of hardware and software OS.

    Running Mac OSX on Mac hardware is an experience you just have to try for yourself, since I was exactly like you.  Before I used Linux, I was a software developer from way back before the days of DOS, and then continued in to developing software for Windows.

    Until you actually try it, it’s pointless trying to explain, but using a Unix based OS that is specifically built for the hardware it’s installed on is an absolute dream, and it’s the reason I will never use a Windows based PC ever again (although I still use Linux at work, I bring my Macbook Pro in to work and can connect to Linux and Windows based servers over the work network with no issues).

  • mrBitch

    RE: “.. I have been a software engineer in Unix and Windows since 1990, and have a MS in Comp Sci. I think I understand technology as much as the next engineer. I have been using Macs at home since 1992 and it was never because I did not understand tech. It always was – and still is – because I (for one) want to use my computer to get work done, and the Mac has always freed me from having to be a sys admin at home.”

    Bingo!  That’s a similar background to mine, and I HATED having to babysit and fix my DOS and Windows based PCs.  Running OSX on a Mac means I get to do the things I want to do on a computer, without wasting time constantly maintaining Windows running on a PC (although in later years I did start to use Linux, but that also required a lot of constant maintenance of a different sort).

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