I'm crowing today. Why? Because my computer has come back to life. Goddess be praised, all hail the Cult of the Righteous. That's right kiddies, my Mac rawks.
I've heard all the arguments, and I'm sorry, but they're just bullshit. Five days on a loaner PC have re-convinced me of that. Stealing from Skippy, let me offer up this lovely little ditty:
Would you tolerate this in a car? The why do you on your machine?
for no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. you would have to pull to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. for some reason you would simply accept this.
occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.
the oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "this car has performed an illegal operation" warning light.
the airbag system would ask "are you sure?" before deploying.
occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.
every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because almost none of the controls would operate the same way as in the old car.
you'd have to press the "start" button to turn the engine off.
I'd add to that list: at least weekly, the gas you put in your car causes it to break down, often completely destroying it and causing you to have to get a total overhaul. Also: the money you spend on your car goes directly into the pockets of the people turning this nation into the Panopticon. And: you car is designed to allow the government to know every place you go, for how long you drive, and how many people are with you in it. You can't retool it to make this not so.
I've been making a similar argument about computers for years now. You wouldn't accept that shit in a car, why do you put up with it in your computer? For most of us, your computer is at least as important as your car, if not more so. I know that Macs aren't perfect and have some of the problems listed above, but they really do have fewer than your average PC. The simple question I always ask people: does your computer work for you, or do you work for your computer and the companies that manufacture hardware and software? It takes exactly five minutes to take a new Mac out of the box and get up and running on the Internets, complete with music and video and all the pretty surfing you could ask for. I defy somone to do the same with a new Dell.
I understand that programmers and others who work in special computing environments are probably required to have PCs. But the new chip is coming out for Macs, making the emulation of PC OS even closer to the real thing, not that I've been able to tell the difference since I've had that option, which has been for years now. And I'm sorry to say it, but my poor friends with PCs have never been able to claim that they can abuse their machines like I do Old Sally, and have them live.
I have yet to have to send a Mac back to the factory for repair. Going on two decades of Macs, and I can still claim that.
Crowing, I am. Jobs may be an ass, but I will always defend his products, so long as they work like this one does. It feels so good to be back into the Fold.