Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 5th Nov 2012 23:40 UTC
Apple Another Apple-to-switch-Macs-to-ARM post. "Apple engineers have grown confident that the chip designs used for its mobile devices will one day be powerful enough to run its desktops and laptops, said three people with knowledge of the work, who asked to remain anonymous because the plans are confidential. Apple began using Intel chips for Macs in 2005." No idea when Apple will make the switch, but they will do it. I'm thinking 5-10 year timeframe.
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I think the amount of effort one needs to put in to earn the status of fanboy has been lowered considerable. Even owning an Apple product will get you that label.

For some reason a number of people, certainly present on this site as well, want to terminate any chance of a reasonable discussion by labeling someone as a fanboy. If you don't say anything negative about Apple, have an Apple product or say something bad about Google you get called a fanboy and deemed unreasonable.

In this case someone made a slight mistake, which he admitted without any struggle shortly later. He gets accused of being a fanboy, rewriting history and even being a risk that his claim goes 'round all the forums causing legions of other fanboys to repeat it.

Not so long ago on this site someone was upset at Apple for suing The Beatles and the original iPod laughed at for not having a shuffle function. Both false claims and even though these claims are much more easily repeated, spread around and even understood by the general public it never happened, nor did anyone else but me point out the error, nor did the people making these false claims retract them or even responded.

BTW why don't you add me on Facebook, you always tend to reply to me just before the deadline and then I'm not allowed to respond!

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zima Member since:

Granted, such mildly annoying outlooks on things go all ways.

But you know, there's probably something about fans of formerly-barely-surviving-and-a-bad-deal-for-a-decade-but-most-valued- company-now Apple, those of them who live in places where Apple always had marginal market share, hardly any presence - they were and/or got really crazy defensive ...or at least, stand out more. Which in turn makes it easier to point at them as "brainwashed" and maintain that perception.

I mean, I have an iPod (getting one here was fairly unusual; I got it largely for ~technical reasons, believe it or not: it was, back then, the most decent and least expensive option supporting scrobbling), and I sort of recommended Apple products for quite a while - but for the last ~2 years I really don't, because I don't want to be associated with that sub-group of fans.

There's this Atari-logo guy here, kovacm - looking at his name, he's probably from Czech Republic (so, one of places with historically marginal Apple presence); IIRC, you suggested once that his posts might be largely the result of EN as a 2nd language - but EN is also non-native for you and me. With him it goes further than that... look at his response to my post about Project Star Trek in - plus, generally, a bit juvenile way of talking, with the "LOL, !!!, and smiley overload"

And uhm, well, I don't reply right now just before the deadline, for example :p (hm, and WRT Facebook - I guess I would have to start really using it; right now, I average maybe one visit per month - so much so that I see ads on random websites to join FB - and maybe I don't want to change that)

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MOS6510 Member since:

Kovacm is cool and his English isn't very good, but far from bad. I judge my English to be mediocre, but acceptable and readable for most people (I hope). If one's English isn't very good and people don't one's opinion or person they tend to be far more hostile. Kovacm just doesn't have your level of English, like I'm sure a lot of people don't and even more don't speak it at all.

I don't mind deciphering what people write.

If you don't like Apple/Steve you tend not to like people who either do like them or don't feel the same way as you do.

Very often we've had these anti-Apple folks vs a few pro-Apple characters. Now I might be a bit biased, but the pro-Apple ones are less aggressive, don't tend to swear, offer motivated arguments and are often right.

The anti-Apple crowd feature a number of people who produce these one-liners, like "that's it, I'm never going to buy Apple" or "Steve must rot in hell". If we disregard them what leaves us is a number of people who are mostly against Apple because they prefer something else, making them sounds a bit jealous of Apple success.

I can understand your feeling of not wanting to be associated with a certain group. Personally I had the same thing when I was a full-time Linux user. Back then it was really bad. They made claims about Windows/Microsoft that was far beyond wrong and claims regarding Linux that were very optimistic at best.

We all know the year of the Linux desktop for example. Every tiny tweak or event would cause Linux desktop world domination. Every smart open source product was attributed to "Linux", but when bugs or problems were mentioned Linux turned in to "just a kernel" and something else was to blame. This made it easy for me to switch to the Mac.

I think I was a Linux user from 1998 to 2005 en from 2005 to now an Apple user, so both 7 years. I think there's a Biblical quote regarding this.

Before 1998 I was an Amiga user who started using Windows more and more.

I'd rate Commodore and Apple users to be the most pleasant people to be around.

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