Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 9th Sep 2012 22:58 UTC
Mac OS X "A little more than an year ago I wrote my rant post The Linux Desktop Experience is Killing Linux on the Desktop and for the first time in 8 years I wasn't a desktop Linux user anymore. I spent about a month wrestling with Windows 7, but let's face it - Windows is ill suited for professional Ruby programmers like me (and it's ill suited for most programmers, except maybe Java & .Net I guess). Anyways, it was never my intention to stick with Windows - I was just doing my Mac due diligence. Now with 1+ year of OSX usage I'd like to share a few things about my experience thus far with you."
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RE: Shallow article
by Shane on Mon 10th Sep 2012 01:15 UTC in reply to "Shallow article"
Shane
Member since:
2005-07-06

I thought that the article was fairly balanced. He mentioned a bunch of things that he liked, a bunch of things that he found OK, and a bunch of things that he didn't like.

These type of articles are bound to be subjective of course. They are meant to be, since the author is writing about his experiences.

You are reading way too much into the author's motives. Assigning intent is a slippery slope. I could say that you don't like the author's conclusions, and thus you rationalise that the author must be rationalising his choices because he spent a lot on Apple hardware. Sounds ridiculous?

There's no need to reel out the whole "overpriced hardware" and "assholes" lines. Your "objective truth" sounds way more black and white than the article.

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RE[2]: Shallow article
by marcp on Mon 10th Sep 2012 08:55 in reply to "RE: Shallow article"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

I absolutely agree with OP.

These types of articles are too subjective and are intended to make the user feel better with whatever he/she choose.
You don't need to preach anything when everything is ok.

People tend to forgot that their opinion doesn't really matter. What matters most is what is objective. Not everything is subjective, some things are intersubjective at least. We can surely say, that Apple hardware is overpriced. No matter how much you earn, it doesn't change that fact. We could say many other things, but that's not a place for it.

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RE[2]: Shallow article
by zima on Sun 16th Sep 2012 23:40 in reply to "RE: Shallow article"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

It's not about assigning intent, humans simply have a very hard time disconnecting from various "motives" - just how our brains are wired up.

Consider http://news-service.stanford.edu/pr/2008/pr-wine-011608.html or audiophile ~placebo. Or, WRT ~computers, http://plan9.bell-labs.com/wiki/plan9/Mouse_vs._keyboard/index.html and how, despite numerous "experts" praising trackpoints, actual research seems to suggest that touchpads are in fact superior (some examples linked in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pointing_stick#Comparison_with_touchpa... & http://cat.inist.fr/?aModele=afficheN&cpsidt=18522893 external link; conversely, note how the views and links supportive of trackpoint seem to be "subjective opinion" in character; and personally I even do like trackpoints, I'm used to the concept, but...)

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