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Apple "Never mind the fact that the iPod turned the entire music industry on its head. Never mind the fact that most successful notebooks today resemble designs first popularized by Apple. Never mind the fact that the blueprint of the modern day smartphone remains the original iPhone. Never mind the fact that competitors are scrambling wildly to copy the success and design of the iPad. Forget all of these things, because when it comes to Apple, the 'what have you done for me lately?' mentality reigns supreme."
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RE[2]: my 2 cents
by devnet on Sat 19th Jan 2013 01:42 UTC in reply to "RE: my 2 cents"
devnet
Member since:
2007-01-16

word of mouth? You got that right. But it's more than that.

Apple is selling a lifestyle, not pieces of hardware. You HAVE to buy their new stuff or people look at you like you're a moron.

As an example, I'm in the coffee shop with my laptop. I dual boot Linux and Windows. A girl sitting next to me strikes up a conversation and begins talking down to me like I don't know about social networks or computers.

I work in IT and even do some programming. Yet there she was acting like I had no idea what a computer was, what as social network was, or how anything actually worked. All because I didn't have a Mac.

That's how it is now...it's more than pieces of hardware...you have to get that hardware before people think you're with it. Otherwise, they think you're washed up and ignorant.

It's herd mentality at its best.

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RE[3]: my 2 cents
by MOS6510 on Sat 19th Jan 2013 07:33 in reply to "RE[2]: my 2 cents"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Well, it seems if you did have a MacBook girls wouldn't talk to you so I guess it's best sticking with your dual boot laptop.

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RE[4]: my 2 cents
by devnet on Sat 19th Jan 2013 16:10 in reply to "RE[3]: my 2 cents"
devnet Member since:
2007-01-16

Girls already talked to me dude...I've been married for 11 years ;) I'm done past that point where I care if they do.

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RE[3]: my 2 cents
by tomcat on Sat 19th Jan 2013 11:40 in reply to "RE[2]: my 2 cents"
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2006-01-06



That's how it is now...it's more than pieces of hardware...you have to get that hardware before people think you're with it. Otherwise, they think you're washed up and ignorant.

It's herd mentality at its best.


You mean at its worst ;-p

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RE[3]: my 2 cents
by ansidotsys on Sat 19th Jan 2013 12:57 in reply to "RE[2]: my 2 cents"
ansidotsys Member since:
2008-08-15

Why is it that all of these so called 'stories' take place in a coffee shop? Please, describe how this lady 'talked down' to you. Maybe you're just insecure around women and felt intimidated by whatever she was saying? Did she explicitly tell you that she felt you were stupid because you had no Mac?

I think it is far more likely that you are just projecting your dislike of Apple or applying whatever rediculous stereotype you have of Apple users onto this lady. You just generalized a group of millions of Apple users as having some 'herd' mentality that look down on you -- making such sweeping generalizations is equally as stupid as trying to judge one's knowledge of computers based on the brand of products they own. In fact, you're guilty of the very same thing you are accusing this lady of -- judging people based on what hardware they own!

Or is it only okay to judge when it's against Apple or their users? Android is now becoming the marketshare king -- are these users part of the 'herd' and only buying Androids to be like the rest? Or is that accusation only reserved for Apple? Or, perhaps, Android is gaining sales based on merit just like Apple before them?

I don' t even own any Apple products except for an iPod, so I take no offense either way -- but I know hypocrisy and double-standards when I see them. Your post just proved the author of this article's point.

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RE[4]: my 2 cents
by devnet on Sat 19th Jan 2013 16:27 in reply to "RE[3]: my 2 cents"
devnet Member since:
2007-01-16

Let's take a look what you just did with your comment shall we?

You don't know anything about me...you don't know whether I work in a Mac store. You don't know whether I work for Apple. You don't know whether I work for a school system in IT and work on Macs all day long. You know NOTHING about me...but you've got me pegged as some stereotyping fool based on a single sentence in my comment...

All without even addressing the topic of the comment...that Apple is not selling products any longer...but lifestyles.

Thanks for missing the point entirely. Thanks further for trying to push me into a corner and label me.


I don't dislike Apple products. I have 2 generations of ipad and an new imac. As for my laptops...I don't like the fact that I can't repair Macs so I don't use them there.

This isn't a sweeping generalization...it's an observation based on an interaction I had AND the fact that I service thousands of Apple devices in my job...I have to deal with tons of Apple 'fans' daily.

In my opinion, people who use Apple products (specifically, laptops) look down on others who don't. Since it is not readily apparent to my users at work that I am an Apple product guy (android phone, windows/linux laptop...I don't bring my iPad to work since my job provided me with one there) I get flipped a lot of crap by others. The minute they think I'm not a Mac guy...I become less than knowledgeable. This is my observation over the past 5 years dealing with Mac users in an enterprise environment and also a girl in the coffee shop.

If this observation/opinion hurts your feelings...you need to re-examine how you approach topics on the internet.

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