Wednesday, July 6, 2011

My “Big 4” Strikes Against Mac’s

Disclaimer: This doesn’t apply to all peoples and situations, I know. And yes, PC’s have plenty of black-eyes and demerits themselves. I just like to see Mac owners get all riled up and refuse to admit Mac ownership promotes smugness, thereby proving it true :) Regardless, Steve Jobs is a money-making genius.

Price
-Yes I admit that you get a nice, sleek, generally good-working product…but what’s up with the multiple hundreds of dollars markup from comparable PC’s? It’s not like the difference between a BMW 3-series and a Honda Accord. They’re not “comparable” from a specifications and performance perspective so the price differential is logical and reasonable. But a PC can be exactly spec’d out to a particular Mac (yes, lots of proprietary Apple software will not run on a PC, but most blue-chip apps will {i.e. iTunes, Safari, Quicktime} and anything exclusive has a PC counterpart) …yet the Mac will almost always be more expensive, and many cases, significantly more expensive. They aren’t that sleek looking.

Modularity
-Or lack thereof. So you want to upgrade your RAM, swap in a few more hard drives, or add a water-cooling system for your new graphics card. Out of luck most likely if you have a Mac. Apple Steve Jobs is so insecure about his technology and open source hobbyists and freethinkers that he relatively “locks” down his hardware like Fort Knox. Mac’s aren’t too friendly to computer hardware enthusiasts.

Games

-Promises, promises, promises. Apple Steve Jobs has been promising a new era of Mac gaming for over a decade…and has yet to deliver. Sure Apple has picked it up lately (integrating Intel and Windows helped a lot), and the computer gaming market has been shrinking the past few years, but boy Mac’s sure have never been gaming friendly. You ever (prior to the Microsoft deal) boot up Counterstrike, Age of Empires, Sim City, Pirates!, Rogue, Duke Nuke’em, Quake, The Sims, Grim Fandango, Civilization, Minesweeper, Half-life, CoD, Diablo, C&C, Starcraft, or Myst on a Mac?! Didn’t think so.

Mac Owners
-Haughtiness, smugness, elitism, condescension, esotericism…just a few nouns that sad to say more often than not associate with many Mac owners. That “aura” that emanates from Mac Stores, that somehow everyone that owes one is part of some super cool, privileged, hipster, in-the-know club is downright aggravating. It kind of makes me want to play hockey. It kind of makes me want to get a bumper sticker that says “My PC can beat up your Mac”. Of course this doesn’t apply to all Mac owners…but I’m not crazy here…it’s a legitimate phenomenon that others have observed. There’s something about owning a Mac, and being a Apple fanatic in a broader sense, that turns people into @$$s. (well there is one person, maybe a few others, that shoot down all my perceived stereotypes...)

Don't take my word for it...take this guys and Matt Groening's.
Why I hate Apple, the infuriating cult making people smug bores




1 comment:

  1. Sadly, my mother succumbed to the cult this morning and bought herself a Mac. I think she's been hanging out with Marit too much. I, on the other hand, have decided to remain a PC girl. Now I just have to choose which PC..

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