No, Not Ever, Not In a MILLION Years!
Mac computers are the ultimate triumph of form over function, and an almost perfect example of the kind of selfishness that makes the world a more complicated and unpleasant place to live and work in.
Apple's product strategy of relentless, totally proprietary control over hardware and software is so obtuse that it seems a product of a crueler era where you lived in a company town, lived in company dorms, and ate company food, for which they would seize your whole paycheck every week. And Apple's tortious behavior -- that Samsung case is so ridiculous that it makes a mockery of patent law (contrary to that ruling, Steve Jobs did NOT invent the "rounded rectangle shape") -- is particularly unseemly for a company that stole its entire raison d'etre, the mouse-driven, icon-based graphical user interface, from Xerox. It smacks of an astonishing level of hypocrisy and greed.
And their prices! Do they craft their keyboards from platinum? There is no price point, and no performance point, at which Apple products (save the iPod in its various forms) are not completely blown away even by the more pointlessly premium-priced "compatibles," whether in the PC, tablet or smartphone). They do excel, albeit in their usual ridiculously overpriced way, in the music player realm. Apple should focus on this end of its product line exclusively and leave computers and cell phones -- which have to communicate with one another, you know -- to those more interested in actually BEING compatible with others.
Lastly is the area in which Apply truly excels, and that makes all the rest doubly annoying -- their marketing. Here they are the greatest geniuses on earth. They have largely followed the Republican Party strategy of attracting the least knowledgeable audience and then indoctrinating them, by very clever and subtle means including isolation, to hang on Apple's every breath, operating largely as a devoted cult, with Apple in the role of Jim Jones.
Do you REALLY think those "leaks" every time Apple offers up some tiny little incremental change with great advance fanfare are inadvertent? Their cult is thrown into rapture and lines up like they did for bread in 1931 for the privilege of shelling out half a large for something no more capable than about a dozen different products you can get elsewhere for free if you sign up for two years. They are so enthralled that, well, let's see if any of them elect to reply here (it is highly unlikely to be any kind of actual reply and rather just their usual vituperative ad hominem).
Also, I find it increasingly disturbing that this little weekly email is more and more devoted to the problems of the people who play with Apple toys, detracting from the attention paid to the users of real computers. Don't Applist cultists have their own newsletters? Do you think Apple users even WANT to be tech-savvy? If so, why on earth did they shell out SO MANY of their hard-earned dollars on a machine designed for the precise and deliberately chose reason of rendering technical knowledge superfluous?
I mean, I may not need to know how to fix a car to drive a car, but despite Google's recent efforts I still feel I need to know how to drive one rather than do it the Apple way, just turn it on and exist from there in blissful, artfully crafted oblivion.
No, I will never, ever buy a Mac.
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