Is this an official moderator ruling, or you just frustrated that I have a completely different opinion than you and am not afraid to discuss it? How is my opinion irrelevant?
Dude, you must think everyone here is blind if we can't see the blatant negative generalizations you make about mac users. In fact, you are the only one to have made arguments on a personal level, calling people conformists, ad naseum. The fact that you march into every thread where the word "Apple" is mentioned and make your little plug about how Macs suck and Mac buyers are drones is getting annoying.
Macintosh forces you to conform to their vision of what a computer should look like, operate like, and cost. The lack of diversity in their product line is apparent when compared to the gamut of PC parts, options, stylistic choices, sizes, and prices. As far as I can tell, you cannot go to Fry's, gather parts, and assemble a Mac. You might be able to build something that will run OSX, but would you consider that to be a Mac or a PC that runs OSX?
People don't buy Macs for customization (of which, however, you do have a small list of options). You gotta understand that before you can argue about it. Everyone has choices. No one is forced to buy a Mac. Some people choose Macintosh. Yes, they're all pretty similar. ALL pre-built PCs are. Macintosh is one choice, of many. You have a choice. You can buy an Alienware PC, a Dell PC, make your own PC, a million other pre-built PCs, or you can buy a Mac. Do you flame Dell saying "I WANT CHOICES!" because all their computers are black with silver accents? I see a Mac as being a pretty PC that runs OS X. If there were other companies out there that made computers than run OS X, I would absolutely consider them.
The REAL problem here is that Macintosh isn't just a computer for many people, its a lifestyle choice, an "ideal",
and one that I happen to vigorously object to. There are good reasons to own a PC, and good reasons to own a Mac (though none of them make any sense to me). Everyone wants a machine that "just works", but the same machine doesn't "work" for everyone. For me PC's "just work" and I don't see any reason to limit myself to an Apple. They may start up Photoshop slightly faster, but they also suck for gaming. I don't like OSX (or OS9) And their peripherals (monitors, mice, keyboards) are horrifying in multitudes of ways. Price, design, and functionality being the top three in my mind. Yeah, I don't have to buy them... but guess what, they make their computers these disgusting white and silver colors and unless you want a mismatched computer, you are kind of stuck with it. Any time people's identity is tied so closely to a marketed product, I can't help but feel unsettled by it. When I voice my displeasure with the product, these people can't help but feel under attack. This is not my fault.
I'm sorry dude, but you don't just voice your complaint about the product. You voice your complaints about the people. If I had the time I could go through and find every quote where you made a sweeping generalization about Mac users and pull them up to you. Oh here's one (one not true), I just bolded it above. And that "disgusting" silver and white thing - get over it. Why are you so offended by the use of metallic and futuristic colors for the computer? Apple has a style. It's Apple's style and you dont have to subscribe to it. Fine, but that doesn't mean that everyone, including important artists, is wrong for thinking their designs are beautiful.
Everyone wants a machine that "just works", but the same machine doesn't "work" for everyone. For me PC's "just work" and I don't see any reason to limit myself to an Apple.
No. Macs don't "just work." In fact, I just typed out an entire long-winded response about why they're good. It's more than Photoshop starting up faster. It's more than "just working." If your PC just works for YOU, that's great for you. I wish I had such ease with my PC. I still use mine for gaming and listening to music, but I wouldn't dare make it my main computer because I don't trust it. if "just works is 0, my PC is about a -1 and my Mac is about a 7. You say that there are pros and cons of both, but that a Mac just isn't for you - yet it seems your argument is completely different - that everything sucks about them and there are no pros other than Photoshop starting up faster (which it does a lot more than, just in PS).
I think I've said my peice, so as per Brians "suggestion" I will now self-censor my opinions. Continue the Mac love-fest without me.
Nice martyrism. Self-censor isn't the word for your continued vehement Apple everything (design, customers, OS)-bashing - restraint is. BTW, I'd like to apologize at this point. I dont know what is going on with my crusade to piss everyone off today but I got pretty inflammatory. I'll leave my post as is because it might be entertainment value, but I retract the hate. RL I really wouldn't care, but thats what forums, and anonymity, do to you.