Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 25th Oct 2009 12:51 UTC
Editorial A couple of years ago, a professor at my university had a very interesting thought exchange with the class I was in. We were a small group, and I knew most of them, they were my friends. Anyway, we had a talk about language purism - not an unimportant subject if you study English in The Netherlands.
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Apple purist...
by Luposian on Sun 25th Oct 2009 21:34 UTC
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I am such an Apple/Mac purist, there are only two types of Apple computers:

1) Apple Macintosh and Power Macintosh computers (from the 128K, to the last G5 made)

2) Apple PC's that natively run MacOS X.

The Macintosh no longer exists.

Well.. actually, that's entirely too true... it's now "Mac" this and "Mac" that. iMac, MacBook, Macbook Pro, Mac Pro, Mac Mini...

I will always love the Macintosh and Power Macintosh. I will always disdain Apple PC's.

Remember "Think Different" (when the hardware AND software WERE different)? It ain't that anymore! Now it's simply a different OS on the same hardware as a standard PC, with software code that keep it from running on non-Apple PC hardware.

Gee, Apple sure didn't have any of this PsyStar junk going on in the good ol' PowerPC days, did they? Remember the brief cloning that went on, back in the days of the 8500/120 (back when top-end Macs used to cost $4,500-$5,000, minus hardware upgrades/additions)? That sure didn't last very long, did it? Why? Because all it ever did was rob Apple of sales. It never benefited them more mindshare or popularity.

Since going the "Intel" route, Apple has deliberately made this bed for themselves and they WILL sleep in it. They *could* have made enough custom changes to their boards to make an "Intel Mac" different enough you COULDN'T put MacOS X on a standard PC with a few software hacks. But they didn't. And, said system, also wouldn't natively boot Windows, either, which is my biggest issue against Apple nowadays. Macs are Macs and run MacOS X. PC's are PC's and run Windows and every other X86 OS available for that platform, and never the twain should meet, nor cross paths, except under emulation!

It's Apple's fault they're in the boat they're now rowing (and trying to keep afloat)... and may they sink to the bottom of the ocean because of their bad judgement.

As far as I'm concerned, Apple died the day they switched to the Intel. Not just because of the CPU (it's performance increases over PowerPC cannot be denied, even by a die-hard PowerPC fan like myself, who started using the Mac when the 6100/60 (using System 7.1.2, the first PowerPC version of System 7) was released), but because they took it so far as to be nothing more THAN a PC, natively running MacOS X. Well, it ALSO runs Windows 100% natively! So is it a Mac or is it a PC (I think the Apple ad says it best, when the Mac claims to *ALSO* be a PC!)? Depends upon which OS you're running on it, nowadays. It's a "Mac", in name only, as far as I'm concerned.

You wanna talk about being a "purist". I'm one of the few that are the purist of the pure Mac users. Nothing less that 100% hardware isolation from what is considered a "Windows platform" (which is what the Mac might as well be classified as, today), will suffice for me.

Back in the good ol' days, being a Mac user meant having a system AND OS that were wholly different and independant from PC's and Atari ST's and Amigas and all those other systems.

Nowadays, the fight is over which OS is better than the other. Who cares. The day Apple went Intel, I became OS agnostic. Windows? MacOS X? Ubuntu? Haiku? BeOS? All just slightly different ways of interfacing with the computer, to accomplish the same goal. None better than the others, just different ways of doing the job.

I miss the days when I was proud to be a Mac user and loved Apple. But those days are gone now. Now, I actually PREFER to use Windows or Ubuntu or Haiku over MacOS X. Probably because I know what MacOS X has become... just another OS on the Intel platform. Sure, you can say, MacOS X was always an Intel OS, behind the scenes, but... until that day finally came (when they changed platforms), I was actually HAPPY as a MacOS X user. Ignorance IS bliss, I suppose.

[Rant mode disengaged]

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