15 Responses to “I Used A Mac, And I Liked It”

  1. Bradjward 5 August 2008 at 10:15 am #

    1) Is the title of this post another obscure attempt to bring in the teeny boppers and middle age men who might be searching for “i kissed a girl and I liked it”, ala Katy vs. Zooey?

    2) It just works. I told you.

    3) Glad you had the chance to mess around with one. They are pretty slick.

  2. Chris 5 August 2008 at 10:32 am #

    “…into the “Brian\Users\” folder in Vista”

    That’s your problem right there. Vista is the turd that Bill Gates pooped out before he left MS. Maybe the next OS they come out with will be better, but I will never EVER upgrade to Vista on my home computer. I use it and hate it every single day at work.

    And, as for Macs, you are right that they aren’t 100% terrible. They don’t play my games though, and that is the most important thing to me. Plus, having an iPhone has convinced me beyond a doubt that I never want to own another Mac product. Not that I don’t love me phone, but simply that if owning a Mac computer is like owning an iPhone I would not like it. I don’t have time to get into the details here, just suffice to say that it’s like living in a communist dictatorship. PC is like a restrictive democracy. Linux is like a confusing republic with a steep learning curve. Since I can’t climb the learning curve right now, I’d rather live in the democracy than the communist regime…

  3. Jesse 5 August 2008 at 10:40 am #

    2- Yes, for mindless sheep who want no control over something they buy and own, it just works!

    3- So are pythons, but that doesn’t mean you should buy one.

    A mac would be a great laptop to buy for your “lifestyles” and your “medias” but if you want to change anything, upgrade anything, own any of your music, etc. you might not want to leave it up to the evil geniuses over in the swanky Mac store.

    I wonder if Macs run Heros of Might and majiks?

  4. The Gimcracker 5 August 2008 at 10:44 am #

    @Brad: believe it or not that title worked its way out of my subconscious. It was only after I was finished writing the article that I noticed the reference, and I liked it so I kept it.

    @Chris: I’m merely comparing two things here – Mac vs. PC. I’m not trying to make any deductions as to which is better, I leave that to the reader. But here is yet another example:

    I had a Dell Jukebox that I used with Musicmatch and I kept my music library in Windows Media Player. The experience with all of the above was absolutely horrendous. I’m on my fourth DJ which still doesn’t work right and is slow as heck, and WMP is not able to organize my music library the way I’d like.

    I also have had an iPod for a long time, and it has never broken, never acted up, and never failed me one bit. I also use iTunes which has never broken, never acted up, and never failed me.

    Once again, if you can get past the closed system of iTunes and the .mp4 format, Mac once again KILLS PC. I’m not saying you are required to get past this, and I can understand if you don’t want to, but if you CAN get past it, you will know what I’m talking about and join the Mac camp. Trust me.

  5. The Gimcracker 5 August 2008 at 10:48 am #

    @Jesse: “A mac would be a great laptop to buy for your “lifestyles” and your “medias” but if you want to change anything, upgrade anything, own any of your music, etc. you might not want to leave it up to the evil geniuses over in the swanky Mac store.”

    Exactly my point. Half the world hates Mac and half the world hates PC. Why am I the only one that can see the good (and the bad) in both? Here’s an excellent blog post I found that touches on this exact subject.

  6. Phil 5 August 2008 at 12:25 pm #

    When I first read the title for this blog I thought it should have finished with “I hope my PC won’t mind it.”

  7. Emilee 5 August 2008 at 12:28 pm #

    1. I do own my music. In fact, when my HD died last weekend I just hopped on over to iTunes and wrote a little letter explaining my situation. The let me re-download my entire library for free (and over my 5+ years with apple that’s at least a grand in music purchases). In sum, Apple is totally able to help customers and I can move my music any old place I want. Limit. Less.

    2. Customization for realz. I just tricked out my laptop. New HD doubled my space and I quadrupled my RAM. Oh, and put Mac OS Leopard (or bumblebee) on as a sleek finishing touch. My two year old black Macbook is rolling with the big boys now. And I did it all by myself.

    3. Games. I played WoW on the Macbook while it was plugged into my 17 inch HD widescreen monitor with super fast mouse and keyboard. Nuf said.

    4. Oh, and Mac workplaces..not as mythical as you might imagine. They exist. It’s my dream to find one such haven, infiltrate the ranks, and never, ever leave.

    5. But mostly I’m glad you saw that they weren’t all evil. :) They do just seem to work. I still don’t get why most PC users hate on them for that very reason.

  8. The Gimcracker 5 August 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    @Phil: man why didn’t I think of that. It would’ve gotten like a quarter more laughs. Beer me that humor sooner next time.

    @Emilee: good point about the games. Note that I wasn’t referring to a Mac’s abilities to run a game, I was referring to the number of games available for a Mac versus a PC.

    I know there are Mac workspaces out there, but again just not nearly as many as PC. Unfortunately. However I believe graphic designers, media companies, and Hollywood have all sold their souls to Apple Computer, Inc., so if you get into one of these industries you would have a much better chance at realizing your dream.

    I do want to point out that for every PC user who hates a Mac there are 5 Mac users who hate PCs. Once again, they need to read the link in my last comment.

  9. Bradjward 5 August 2008 at 7:31 pm #

    Seems like a lot of people aren’t aware that DRM-free music in iTunes costs the same as DRM music.

    Of course, not all people had $1500 to blow on music. And for that, Thanks to Slickdeals, Facebook,and Brian McCulloh, who worked hard for me on a 3-for-1 system.

    What a great way to spend your last week of work at Butler. I can only hope mine will be as glorious.

  10. Luke 6 August 2008 at 9:10 am #

    Great post! Not great because you now like Macs, but great because you have a balanced approach. I love Macs, and I support Windows at work, and like many things Microsoft. You showed the strengths and weaknesses of both and that’s refreshing, rather than the PC vs. Mac debate. While Windows is the staple OS where I work, several of the CEOs and Trustees have started getting Macs…and they love them. Since we’ve started building Macs for them, we’ve gotten NO calls for support on their machines. Average call time for a newly deployed PC? 24 hours. Happy doctors and CEOs make me a happy technician. That’s enough proof for me. I like Macs, I own one, and I like some things about Windows. There are pluses and minuses to both, but overall I prefer the Mac.

    Thanks for a great post. Glad you enjoyed the Mac. She misses you. She misses your musk…

  11. The Gimcracker 6 August 2008 at 9:52 am #

    She was good to me. I’ll have to send her a thank you card and some flowers as soon as I get a chance. Could you say hi to her for me?

  12. Chris 6 August 2008 at 2:19 pm #

    I didn’t ever say MS was better than Mac did I? I hope not. They are both horrible…

    I like what Luke said. I think all people who don’t absolutely need to do crazy special things on their computer (grandmas, wives, bosses, sales reps, art people, er… everyone except computer programmers really…) should use a Mac. This would really help the IT dept. out a lot. Of course, Macs have terrible issues connecting to windows shares and the like, and they insert weird “.whatever” files everwhere (if you look from a PC), which can lead to much IT frustration (our IT dept. has lots of trouble getting Mac & PC to play nice).

    But those frustrations are NOTHING in comparison to the idiocy of having to devote one afternoon a week to type in the root password on people’s machines to update their iTunes software (I think Mac releases a new version once a week just to screw with Vista users in corporate settings).

    Ok… there’s my two tuppence…

  13. The Gimcracker 6 August 2008 at 2:47 pm #

    So you believe 99.1% of the market share of operating systems is horrible? I would hate to work in a field where I hated 99% of the industry.

  14. Chris 6 August 2008 at 10:20 pm #

    Meh… Horrible is a relative term. 99.999…% of human beings are horrible compared to Jesus, and I don’t hate being human.

    In that respect, I have a better chance of liking my operating system than liking you.

    So, really, it’s not all bad. :D

  15. The Gimcracker 7 August 2008 at 9:20 am #

    I am scared of you.


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