Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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I concur..
by hypermodernist on Thu 27th Sep 2012 20:58 UTC
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2012-09-27

I settled on the Mac a few years ago because it is a tool to me. And I want my tools to be reliable. I have a stack of other machines that I use as a hobby or for learning running various OS's but my Macbook is my main machine. It is as utilitarian as Linux for a network administrator but has almost all the interoperability advantages of Windows.

This brings me to a problem that I have with this site. All of the reporting on Patents and how Apple is being a bully. I don't really care about that stuff when choosing an OS and hardware. I just want it to work. I always thought when reading your articles well maybe it matters that much to him. But in this case you have failed to "put your money where your mouth is" and have given your hard earned pay to a company you consider evil. If Apple's business behavior doesn't matter enough for you to avoid buying their products why waste your time writing about it. Any future article I read of yours decrying that Apple is a horrible horrible company will now come off as disingenuous.

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RE: I concur..
by zittergie on Thu 27th Sep 2012 21:04 in reply to "I concur.."
zittergie Member since:
2008-01-24

I don't get it either

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RE: I concur..
by earksiinni on Thu 27th Sep 2012 21:55 in reply to "I concur.."
earksiinni Member since:
2009-03-27

Not really. Thom's been pretty "anti-corporate" overall, Apple just happens to be extra obnoxious. Most of the bashing is against iOS related things anyway. And also you're confusing a quantitative difference for a qualitative difference. Purchasing from a patent troll doesn't mean that their patent trolling is inexcusable (just as loving, say, a son who has become a thief does not condone his crime), it means that the importance of having a reliable tool to earn a living > the importance of enforcing corporate responsibility by voting with Euros. I think he made it clear from the article that it is not choice that he made with particular relish.

I write this having reverted my MacBook to OS X from Slackware because I had the exact same realization as Thom and have also been holding out because of the exact same reservations about Apple. Fiddling around in smb.conf and fstab trying to get shares to work properly is the last thing I need when an important piece of work is due tomorrow and the file is on my home server.

That said, I trust my own hands more than any OEM to build quality desktops.

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RE[2]: I concur..
by _txf_ on Thu 27th Sep 2012 22:30 in reply to "RE: I concur.."
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2008-03-17

Fiddling around in smb.conf and fstab trying to get shares to work properly is the last thing I need when an important piece of work is due tomorrow and the file is on my home server.


Although I don't disagree at all with the other things you said, smb works pretty badly in osx. Sure, you (usually) don't have to fiddle, but if something is not working you're pretty stuck.

Also I should mention that the way osx mounts network shares is icky..

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RE[2]: I concur..
by ze_jerkface on Fri 28th Sep 2012 08:25 in reply to "RE: I concur.."
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Not really. Thom's been pretty "anti-corporate" overall, Apple just happens to be extra obnoxious. Most of the bashing is against iOS related things anyway. And also you're confusing a quantitative difference for a qualitative difference.


Uh no actually you seem confused on when to use qualitative and qualitative. There is no reason to use them in this discussion.

If you don't like how a company acts then don't support the company. It really is that simple. Companies live on income and by feeding them you endorse their behavior.

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RE: I concur..
by redshift on Tue 2nd Oct 2012 03:17 in reply to "I concur.."
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2006-05-06

If Apple's business behavior doesn't matter enough for you to avoid buying their products why waste your time writing about it..


Because it makes you think about the tradeoff. Thom also sees that the patent system is the real problem, corporations are being stung by it as much as they are exploiting it.

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