Linked by David Adams on Mon 25th May 2009 21:22 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Over the years, we've occasionally run an "Ask OSNews" feature, wherein a reader asks us a question and we answer it publicly. Lately I've really been enjoying Slate's Dear Prudence advice column and the ever-interesting Straight Dope, and I thought we should see if we can get more OSNews readers to submit questions, and turn Ask OSNews into a more-regular thing. If your question falls outside of our domain expertise, we'll try to track down an expert to help out. And of course, our responses will always be supplemented by further advice from OSNews readers in the comments. Questions are welcome on any topic ranging from OSes and computing to science and geek culture. Contact us with your questions. (Please include "Ask OSNews" in the subject). Today's question is from a young student in Hungary who's seduced by the faraway siren song of Apple's marketing and wonders, "should I switch?"
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RE: No you should not buy a Mac
by FooBarWidget on Tue 26th May 2009 06:54 UTC in reply to "No you should not buy a Mac"
FooBarWidget
Member since:
2005-11-11

If it weren't for the fact that I have to develop software for Mac users, I would have sticked to my Linux laptop. I agree that Macs are hopelessly overpriced. They introduce vendor lock-in. For example if I want to be able to plug my Mac into a foreign electric outlet then I have to by an Apple travel adapter kit. I cannot just use a normal adapter that works with every other electric device and is 60% cheaper.

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jokkel Member since:
2008-07-07

Are you joking? Of course you can! You can replace the plug with any standard two pole cable in the world.

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FooBarWidget Member since:
2005-11-11

Do I look like I'm willing to waste 25 euros as a joke? The Mac power adapter doesn't fit in a normal electric converter: it's slightly larger than normal electric adapters, preventing me from plugging it into a normal electric converter. Hence vendor lock-in.

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