“Macintosh users proved to me that they’re a dedicated and strong-willed group of compute [sic] users – unafraid to let their feelings be known. Then again, that’s also true of Tony Soprano,” Andrew Kantor writes for USA Today. Kantor’s article is a response to our article from September 03, 2004 entitled “USA Today writer attempts to downplay Apple’s role in Virginia Tech supercomputer.” Kantor describes MacDailyNews as, “a small Web site called Mac Daily News [sic],” and accuses MDN of throwing “a tantrum featuring as much spittle and venom as they could squeeze out of their keyboards.” We stand by our original article because, to paraphrase Andrew, “We can like what we want, hate what we want, and use what we want. We like Apple. You like Windows. Tell us how wrong we are all you want; we still prefer Apple, and at least we base our opinions on the use of both platforms’ current OS versions.” Also, we were right, which helps; the proof is the very existence of this article. Kantor doth protest too much, wethinks.
“Despite the foam-at-the-mouth accusations from the MDN folks, I don’t hate Macs. (All right, I hate OS9, which I’m stuck on at work. I also wasn’t thrilled with Windows 3.0.) Apple did a brilliant job with OSX – it created a slick, powerful, beautiful computer. It’s too bad only Apple sells them,” Kantor writes.
MacDailyNews Take: That was froth from our cappuccino, Andrew. And why is it too bad only Apple sells Macs? Isn’t that a major reason why Macs tend to work seamlessly while Wintel’s hodgepodge of manufacturers creates a morass of issues, tech calls, and headaches for the unfortunate users of that platform? Apple has chosen to control the whole widget in order to present a better product. Throwing too many cooks into the Mac kitchen would diminish Apple’s slick, powerful, and beautiful computers. It’s good that only Apple makes Macs. The Wintel way is right if market share and turning the personal computer into a commodity are your goals, not if the satisfaction of your end user is your goal. Mac users are generally happy with their Macs, most Windows users cannot fathom being happy with a personal computer, for obvious reasons.
“I think Macs do a lot right, and some wrong. Ditto for Windows. Ditto for Linux. I use Windows because of the amount of software available, because of the choice of manufacturers, and because it’s easily compatible with the rest of the world. By the time OSX came around and eliminated that last problem for the Mac, I was already comfortable with my PC,” Kantor writes.
MacDailyNews Take: We know from personal experience with both Mac OS X 10.3 and Windows XP Pro that Macs get quite a lot right and not too much wrong. We’re not just comfortable with our Macs because our work has stuck us on Windows 95. We use the best of both worlds and the Mac OS X platform is markedly better, it’s really no contest. Windows is kludgy and gets quite a bit wrong (malware, viruses, spyware, adware, unintuitive user interface, crashes, etc.). And let’s get serious, Linux on the desktop for the average user isn’t yet here. We use current Macs and Windows, but choose to use our Macs because the software we need is easily available on the Mac (there are over 18,000 Macintosh applications and software titles) and we’ve already explained that we don’t subscribe to the theory that choice of different manufacturers all trying to make the same end product is beneficial (unless you’re trying to drive down prices and increase end user frustration).
“But guess what? Even if I did hate the Mac, I’m allowed. I can like what I want, hate what I want, and use what I want. I like orange. You like blue. Tell me how wrong I am all you want; I still prefer orange,” Kantor writes. “Curse-filled letters screaming and calling me an idiot for not using a Mac certainly won’t convince me that it’s a community I want to join. As one person on MDN put it, ‘People want a computer, not a cult.'”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Why would anyone bother writing about something they don’t understand and haven’t properly experienced? Andrew Kantor, as described by USA Today, is a “technology writer, pundit, and know-it-all who covers technology for the Roanoke Times.” Well, the Roanoke Times desperately needs to upgrade their Mac computers’ operating systems. Apple killed Mac OS 9 over two years ago. Shouldn’t “technology writers” proclaiming to “know-it-all” be using current technology instead of a dead operating system?
The basic facts speak volumes:
– Mac users generally love their Macs.
– Windows users can’t understand enjoying a personal computer that much.
If someone spent, say 8-10 hours per day using a product, don’t you think they’d wonder why those Mac-using people seem to really love their computers, while they just tolerate their Windows machine when they’re not utterly ambivalent about it or totally frustrated by it? Wouldn’t you wonder why Mac users love their computer when you and none of your Windows-using friends can muster more than “a computer is a tool, it’s a machine, not a religion” mantra? Would you try to fool yourself by pretending that there’s some mysterious cult brainwashing these poor Mac people? Or would you finally stop and think, “hey, maybe there really is a better way!”
Since we’re just “a small Web site,” we’re sure Andrew won’t mind a nice, reasoned email or two from our readers who’ve read his full article. Send an email to Andrew Kantor by visiting his Kantor.com site’s contact page here.