Yesterday (I’m still catching up) Jeremy Zawodny put aside his PowerBook and switched to a Windows XP laptop. He explains his reasons in the entry, and many of them are valid in his case.
The sad thing is, as you’d expect, that the Mac Mafia came along and infiltrated his comments area. Now while there are some legitimate comments in there, there’s some that really disgust me, like:
…Windows is insecure and unsecurable, no matter how many kernel patches/antivirus/’personal firewall’ things you install on it. […] if you’re really serious about doing this, you’ve earned both my pity and my rank astonishment at such an act of technological self-immolation.
(No, trust me, Windows is securable. It might take a lot of effort but it is)
You have way too much time, money, and stuff. Stop being so self-involved and donate to the tsunami victims.
… Your perception speaks to your internal requirement to justify your present position. The statement you feel you are getting more out of the hardware says something about your lack of initiative to learn. Your lack of knowledge of the new is apparent…
Don’t let the door hit you in the butt.
You’re joining the MAJORITY? You make it sound like people are abandoning the Mac like a raft on fire.
(Last time I checked, Windows users outnumbered Mac OS users by a considerable ratio)
The Mac user community, while welcoming of new users, seems to have this almost religious desire to ‘protect’ Apple and the Mac platform, and will go after anyone who dares to say anything bad about them. I’ve had this before last year when I criticised Apple for overcharging its UK customers for the iPod Mini; Apple later backed down and cut the price. The sad thing is that, while these people think they’re protecting Apple, in actual fact they’re making the Mac community look like a load of elitist wankers and creating a greater divide between Mac users and non-users. If they’re that keen on converting people, they should instead be compassionate and supportive – not inflammatory and rude. The Mac platform isn’t for everyone, as Jeremy demonstrated in his posting.
That said, while I’m singling out Mac users here, this isn’t necessarily a problem that affects only them; alas it’s a problem that affects many other platforms and programs in the computing world, including, I’m afraid to say, Mozilla/Firefox users.