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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I think it is everyone else that lacks confidence and are insecure in their own OS.

You do have a good point there. Apple and its circle of fans have always looked down on us simple IBM-PEECEE users. Apple is hip, cool and better and beige box users are the dull working drones better forgotten. It's just that the price Apple charges, for us dull drones to find out if we really need to be insecure, is too steep.

The desire for the easy hackintosh is to see OS X in action. You only buy magic beans over regular ones if you are pretty sure they work.

And that is the crux of the matter. If we could be sure that if we bought a Mac we would never look back, we'd all probably pony up the money. The risk of being fleeced is too great though.

One can click around on a Mac in the Mac store and one can play with a Mac from a friend for a few hours, but to truly know if it is any good, you need to work the system for a few months.

We'd like to believe, but the risk of just buying an overpriced x86 machine with an OS that wasn't the second coming is too big. After all, if OS X rubs you the wrong way, you just spent way too much money on a machine that will be running Windows (or BSD / Linux) anyways. Mac innards are common x86 components, so if OS X falls short of it's magic expectations, you just blew too much money on what will basically be a lowly beige box.

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