And TOTALLY true.
I think most people on this forum act this way, too.
Quite unfortunate, but true.
The Worst Thing About Macs
By Jason Cross
I'm sure some irate Mac fans have already fired off angry emails, based upon the deck for this editorial alone, but hopefully the rest of you will at least get through this background stuff first.
In April of last year, I bought a Macbook Pro as my new notebook. Note that this is hardly my first Apple computer. I grew up on Apple IIs, back in the days when you had to add an 80-column card to 'em! I was one of the few holdouts using an Apple IIgs when the rest of the world had gone to DOS and Windows PCs. Even after I got my first 286 PC, I frequently used the Macs my mother had in her home (she was a teacher at an elementary school that was Apple-based). So I'm no Apple noob-—this was just the first one I had bought for myself, for frequent use, in a long time. Recently, a reader named David e-mailed me, saying he found the article from my guide on how to replace the hard drive in a Macbook Pro. He asked, simply, "A year later, what do you think?" Fundamentally, I stand by my initial impressions: There are plenty of things OS X does very well, and better than any version of Windows. There are also some really boneheaded things. But honestly, the thing I hate most about using a Mac are the Apple fans. The old song and dance about the Steve Jobs worshipping, sycophantic, "thank you sir may I have another", na-ture of the Cult of Apple is true. And while it certainly does not represent all Mac users, there are enough bad apples (pardon the pun) to spoil the bunch.
I could probably write 15,000 words about how Apple fans drive me nuts, but that won't do anything but make my inbox fill up faster. Let me break it down to a few base observations. Again, these don't represent every Mac user—just the loudest, most obnoxious ones. Unfortunately, they're prevalent enough to paint all Mac users in the same light.
1. "Microsoft Just Copies Everyone and Buys Everything." This common belief held by Mac users is not only factually incorrect, it turns a blind eye to the many ways in which Apple fails to, ahem, "Think Different." The way Dashboard in OS X rips off Konfabulator and other widget engines predating it, Spaces knocks off many prior Virtual Desktop features, or how that fancy CoverFlow stuff was purchased from third-party developer Steel Skies. Many popular Apple ads are knock-offs. The "Hello" iPhone ad blatantly rips off Christian Marclay's film short "Telephones." Lugs actually issued a cease and desist order to get Apple to stop the iPod ad that was nearly identical to their Eminem ad. Their ad boasting the new Intel chips clones the music video for "Such Great Heights" by The Postal Service.
2. Every time someone mentions a competitor to something Apple does well, the Mac cultists flood message boards and inboxes with snickering messages to the effect of "why do they even try?" Take, for example, Zune. Microsoft announces the new Zunes, which on an objective level offer a very competitive feature set to comparably-priced iPods, and which haven't been judged on a subjective level yet because they aren't released until mid-November and no independent reviewer has actually used them for any length of time. I got plenty of mail from the Mac faithful claiming that iPod reigns supreme, is obviously superior (none of them have used Zunes, old or new), and that Microsoft shouldn't even try to compete. Excuse me? Shouldn't even try to compete? Are we actually arguing against healthy market competition here? The healthy response should be, "well maybe this will give Apple some competition to push them toward offering a subscription store, WiFi on all models, and WiFi syncing." Instead, the competition that can end in nothing but better products for consumers of either product is met with childish derision.
3. Apple fans have an attitude where, when Apple does something bad, it's okay, or at least understandable. When other companies, especially arch-rival Microsoft, does the same exact thing, it's a travesty and obviously clear evidence of why the courts should take them down. When Microsoft bundles its own software with Windows, it's time for antitrust litigation. When Apple does the same with Mac computer or OS X, they're not shutting out competitors—they're adding value. Open source rules, and Windows is bad for being closed, except of course for how OS X is closed, because that's okay. And nobody gives credit to Microsoft for having a smartphone platform that allows for real 3rd party applications, instead celebrating the clever ways in which hackers have managed to get around Apple's "not on my phone" policy to do the same. Until they update the phone and brick it, of course. You know, AT&T refusing to provide unlock codes for iPhones is against federal regulations, right? Where's the outrage?
I could go on, but you get the point. Hell, I lost most of the real Mac cultists on the first page. They've already snorted at my experiences with, well, them and have fired off an angry "you're a biased shill that obviously doesn't get it" email to me. Ironically, this only proved my point. Yeah, I like working in OS X. I'm looking forward to Leopard. And yes, I find myself using Boot Camp a lot, spending half my time in Vista on my Macbook Pro. Both OSes have merits. Apple deserves plenty of credit for a lot of what they do, and genuinely puts out some great products. Hell, there's nothing even close to the value, functionality, and elegance of iLife on Windows. But the more time I spend on the Mac, the more I end up interacting with a group of people who obviously and transparently treat their favorite company by a different set of rules than everyone else. And worse, don't realize it or won't admit it. To all you Mac users that are calm, rational, objective, and fair: god bless you. Now, could you please give the Cult members a hard kick in the ass? They're making you look bad.
The article is a wee bit old, but obsolete? Not at all.
I think this is totally true and applies to this forum.