“An old e-mail friend and antagonist, with whom I have held many genial debates over the years, writes with another provocation. ‘I see that Apple has run out of iMacs, and the new model won’t be out until September. Smooth move! I can’t believe you like this company,'” Paul Glister writes for The News & Observer.
“But I do. So let’s talk a minute about Apple’s fortunes in a Microsoft-dominated world… Consider the superb Mac OS X operating system, whose latest version was just previewed at a developer’s conference in San Francisco. Already rock-solid, the new version, code-named Tiger, offers the kind of search features that should have been in desktop computers from the beginning but are only now emerging,” Glister writes.
“Apple can surge ahead on technology like this precisely because its market share is low and because it retains tight control over Macintosh hardware. Every OS X upgrade can focus on breakthroughs, while Microsoft has to spend countless programmer hours worrying about compatibility issues with different kinds of equipment and add-on devices. A nimble company can sometimes get the drop on Bill Gates,” Glister writes.
“So yes, I like Apple, even though I don’t use a Mac. I stick with Windows and Linux precisely because of the above issue: I want to be able to open up a computer, swap hard disks or add wireless functions or upgrade my own video card. And I want to be able to do those things with a wide range of choice, instead of having to buy solely from a single dealer,” Glister writes. “Thanks, but no closed hardware for me.”
Still, in the end, Paul gets this correct, writing, “OS X remains the best operating system on the market.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: We emailed Paul to tell him that we have opened our Power Mac G4 and Power Mac G5s and added hard drives from many of the major hard drive makers. We didn’t need to add “wireless functions” because the computers shipped with them, and how much can you save off US$79, which is what Apple charges for an AirPort Extreme Card, anyway? Oh yeah, we also upgraded our video cards at will, purchased from different dealers even. And, horrors, we even upgraded several processors in some of these Macs! We sent Paul a nice link to the Power Mac G5 Expansion web page at Apple here.
Perhaps Paul thinks a Mac is an iMac or an eMac and doesn’t know you can open a Mac and “swap hard disks or add wireless functions or upgrade [his] own video card?” Feel free to let Paul know what you’ve done after opening up your Power Macs and swapping out hard drives, etc. here: firstname.lastname@example.org and copy your email to: email@example.com. Be nice, Paul seems to understand Mac is better, he just needs to know that there are Pro desktop hardware lines available from Apple, too. A few emails should help him out and perhaps even prompt a correction in his next article.
Now, when Paul writes his next Mac article, perhaps he’ll get everything right and stop subjecting his many readers to myths like “the Mac is not upgradeable, so stick with Windows and Linux.” He may even realize that he can now do what he so obviously wants to do: switch to a Mac full time.