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THE STEVE JOBS MAC CULT
This is a video from when the Macintosh Computer was first introduced at an event hosted by Steve Jobs back in the early eighties. I realize that in the beginning Macs were superior to PCs and that most likely the reason Bill Gates won out was because of timing and marketing (more below..)
|BUT with that said, I have never had the same problems with PCs that I have had with Macs. Maybe this is a more recent development in the last 10 years. Every Mac I've used has crashed more than any PC I've used. Granted, I use either Dell or Gateway PCs, so Windows running on Comcrap might do you in, however, maybe that's the issue. Maybe building Macs should be done by more companies than just Mac. PCs have a multitude of companies building systems running on Microsoft Windows, and because of it the quality has gone up even if Windows is an inferior OS. The competition might improve things for Mac too. I'm just speculating.
Now I live with a Mac fan and early on I met several devoted Mac only users because graphic designers are famous for insisting on Macs so I'm not just talking out of my ass, I'm talking from experience. You can explain to me the aesthetics of the Mac, the superior programming and operating system of the Mac and on and on (as did happen by a Mac Fan programmer that I also met at the co-op). All I know is that the first Mac I bought died on me a little less than a year and thankfully it was under warranty and then that same Mac not only crashed on a digital painting I was working on but corrupted the file so it was no longer useable and I had to restart the project (which I did on a PC). This wasn't the only Mac I knew of that had problems. At an artists' co-op/design studio I worked at every computer except mine was a Mac--and they had problems. I can even recall an incident with a particular Mac fan losing all of his fonts because his OS crashed on him. And recently, on my wife's 2 yr old Mac the monitor went dark and had to be taken in for repairs.
In contrast, My PCs, while being a pain in the ass to configure, have never completely destroyed a file, never died, and have always recovered from a crash without losing saved information. I've had one monitor die on me--after 7 years.
I've come to the conclusion that Mac fans are similar to a cult. They see the good but they're blind to the bad. This is not to say that PCs don't have problems. I would say that if it was all added up both systems are probably equal in their offenses. I think that's my point. Macs aren't superior, they're just another computer with a different OS that will cause as many headaches as PCs. There is an illusion among Mac devotees that this isn't the case.
I'm not a PC fan so much as I have found through experience that today's PC's are more reliable and affordable (unless you buy a really cheap piece of crap from Circuit City). I also hate the visual setup of Mac's OS. I don't want to see the clutter of multiple programs behind the one program I'm working on. I am not loyal to Bill Gates so if Mac did seemingly improve to where there was no question of it's superiority and made their systems more affordable for general users, not just design firms, I might switch.
The other cult-like aspect of Macintosh is how Steve Jobs treated his employees. If the TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley is any indication of how much of an asshole elitist Steve Jobs was than I find that similar to a cult leader who commands allegiance without having respect for those under him. PCs may be the ultimate "fuck you" to a guy with an ego that couldn't be restrained.
Mac fans send in your death threats. You'll probably be too late though if my wife sees this article. She loves "The Mac."
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