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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RE: Apple purist...
by wirespot on Sun 25th Oct 2009 22:54 UTC in reply to "Apple purist..."
wirespot
Member since:
2006-06-21

See now, this is what I call a proper fanatic. They don't make them like that nowadays (he's probably 50, in mind if not in body). Decades of evolution and R&D be damned, gimme back my 80's. iPod? iPhone? Mac? What are those? I want my Macintosh!

Some people look to the future and wonder what technological advances they'll get to experience within their lifetimes. Some cling to the past and remain frozen in it.

Actually, I take that back. He's not 50, he's 30. He got to experience the Macintosh when he was young and impressionable and it put an indellible mark on him. Dude, we all had computers we loved when we were kids. They're gone. Get over it.

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RE[2]: Apple purist...
by Luposian on Sun 25th Oct 2009 23:28 in reply to "RE: Apple purist..."
Luposian Member since:
2005-07-27

See now, this is what I call a proper fanatic. They don't make them like that nowadays (he's probably 50, in mind if not in body).


41, actually. Born in 1968. Saw our 7-11 go from Pinball machines to Asteroids. Was around when the Atari 2600VCS was a 6-switch unit. Saw every advance of home gaming technology from the 2600 to the Jaguar. The Zenith Odyssey. The Vectrex. From the Nintendo Entertainment System (otherwise known as the NES) to the Nintendo Wii. From the Sega Master System to the Sega Dreamcast. From the Sony Playstation to the Playstation 3. Xbox to Xbox 360.

Saw every advance of computing technology from the Apple II, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64, Commodore 128, Amiga 500/1000/1200/2000/3000/4000, and IBM PC Jr. to the latest Wintel PC's made today and fastest Apple PC's made today (or is that redundant, as they're 100% identical?).

On and on I could go... and would, but I gotta take a nap before going to church tonight... us old timers have more to worry about than just livin' in the 70's, 80's, 90's, and the 2000's, ye young whipper-snapper!

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RE[2]: Apple purist...
by Kroc on Mon 26th Oct 2009 07:43 in reply to "RE: Apple purist..."
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2005-11-10

And I presume that you are simply too young to remember where we’ve come from, and thus why it’s so worrying where we’re going with technology.

Do you remember the days when your computer was your own? That, given time, you could learn *everything* about it, every inner working, every part. It started up, and it was yours to do with as you saw fit instead of this notion of EULAs and licences telling you what you can and can’t do. When all the development tools you needed came with the computer and you didn’t need someone else’s permission to develop something for it.

You’ve grown up in a world where you take it as given that you basically have no freedom over your own purchases and equipment.

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RE[3]: Apple purist...
by wirespot on Mon 26th Oct 2009 09:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Apple purist..."
wirespot Member since:
2006-06-21

You’ve grown up in a world where you take it as given that you basically have no freedom over your own purchases and equipment.


There you go, assuming. I'm not a 12yr old digital native, I'm Gen X, and so's he. I've experienced just as much computing history going by as he has.

And pardon me, but I do so own my computers, thank you very much. I build my own rigs and use Linux on them. Not Ubuntu either. I get my hands dirty messing with the engine and I enjoy it as much as I did messing with Spectrum clones or playing arcade games back in the day.

Doesn't mean I have to live in the past and not enjoy new technology. I loved the old stuff but they're gone and good writtens, we have much cooler toys now. Evolve, you silly old fossils.

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