Why You Need Experience to Realize that MacsSuck
It takes about three years after they introduce a new marketing campaign for reality to intrude, which iswhy without 5-7 years experience, most people can't see why Apple's Macintosh machines are computersfor untermenschen. They see the pretty cases, hear the disproportionate amount of self-promotionalmaterial from the Mac community, and see how their favorite neurotic celebrities (and other people whouse their computer for three tasks, max) gab up about them. It's like peer pressure in high school... afterthree years, you stop giving a damn, and then you graduate.The latest hilarious embarrassment for Apple is that even with a far smaller userbase (2.8% versus over90%) the Mac's vaunted OS X is full of security holes, on par with Windows XP. But of course, we have toask, if that many holes were found in an operating system that almost no one uses, imagine what wouldhappen if Apple were in Microsoft's place - even more of a disaster. Like most things promising hope andchange with a vague plan, Apple is a marketing success, not a technological one.The Apple happy camp has been bragging about OS X security and stability for some time now, but theresults haven't been as great as they had hoped. Once again, after the hype, we see the truth starting toemerge. In the 1990s they were claiming "greater productivity," but after Windows 95 proved to be morestable and adaptable than their OS at the time, they abandoned that. Then the hype was all about howmuch "faster" than Intel the Mac's CPUs were. Remember the "velocity engine"? The G5 didn't live up tothe hype, so now a new slogan is needed. OS X is the latest Jesus Christ the Savior for the Macintosh line,but here we see the facade beginning to crack.In reality, Apple will continue to sell machines to the same 2.8% of the market, which are the people whoare both insecure about their computer knowledge and pretentious enough to be fooled by a good-looking,expensive machine. It reminds me of what IBM was offering in the late 1980s with the PS/2. Both will hangon, but neither will actually conquer the market or move it ahead, which is now exclusively the province of Windows and Linux (though I'm still planning to get an Itanium so I can run OpenVMS, the world's moststable operating system). Nothing left to do but laugh at the people still inexperienced enough to believethe Apple propaganda, and thus to shell out five times the cost of a good machine for a mediocre one with"art deco" styling.