Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 5:05 am

“Why I hate Apple”

Filed under: Geek-related issues — Lex @ 5:05 am
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“Macland just feels more and more like some combination of Oceania and the tightly controlled simulated reality of The Matrix and no, the irony of the first half of that equation is hardly lost on me.”


I don’t hate Apple. In fact, I created my first resume on an Apple IIe, back in the day, and a key aspect of my current job relies heavily on Apple. But the truth is that the only reason I don’t hate it is that it has never mattered enough to me for me to form much of an opinion one way or the other.

When I got into database journalism about 20 years ago — which, other than the aforementioned Apple IIe, was my first step away from mainframe dumb terminals — there was simply no Mac software capable of doing the heavy database lifting I had to do, so I was Wintel from the git. With rare, design-related exceptions at my various jobs, I have stayed Wintel ever since.

I have an iPod Shuffle and manage its contents with iTunes, but neither cost me anything. I can’t afford an iPhone (and sure as hell can’t afford the required AT&T mobile service that goes with it), and an iPad with no ‘Net connectivity just puzzles me.

Before Apple can piss me off, it’s first going to have to matter. And while I could be wrong, I just don’t see that happening anytime soon.

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