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Response to hyphenate (Reply #12)

Sun Jan 29, 2012, 07:24 PM

31. Well, I have a little different perspective

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So let's see if we can have a rational discussion about this difference.

- some people would prefer not to know anything about the inside of their computers. Not everybody wants to work on cars, they would spend their time driving one.

- you did not build your computer, you used your skills with a screwdriver to assemble the parts. I've done the same thing with my PC's, there is really nothing that special about it. I've also assembled macs out of spare parts. It doesn't mean you and I possess special insight or are better than people who just want an off the shelf solution.

- Apple users do not buy the products because they are "stupid" or "arrogant" or "hip". They buy the products because of the OS. While they may not be able to articulate that, Mac OS X and iOS offers them something that they do not get with Windows or Android (or what ever the current flavor is). This is why they are repeat buyers.

Let me give you an example. I work on both Windows and Mac OS X. I think the latest Windows is a fine OS. On the otherhand, I am more productive on Mac OS because at least for me, there are fewer steps for me to get from point A to point B on Mac OS X.

Additionally I find that I spend more time troubleshooting my Mac than my Windows machine. It has been that way for me over multiple PC's and multiple macs.

Just a couple comments on your history of computing.

"the products from Apple, while often inovative, were matched easily by PC makers in a short period of time." Perhaps with tech specifications. But the tech specs only tell part of the story. I refer you back to the prior two paragraphs.

"Jobs was an elitist . . .If it weren't for PCs, there is a likelihood that this would have been a 99% circumstance, where only those with lots of dollars could afford a computer" Did you forget the Apple II? That's the machine that made computing available to average people and really democratized the notion that computers were for "real people" not just experts.

Additionally a little trivia> Jobs wanted the Macintosh to be priced low, but was over-ruled by then CEO John Sculley. Job's idea for the mac was that it should be as ubiquitous as the toaster. Soon after that, Sculley kicked Job's out of the company. There was also talk of opening the mac up to cloning, but Sculley and Jean Louis Gasse shot that idea out.

Best Regards, and have a great night.

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