“Mac Daily News [sic] (I like to think of it as the National Enquirer of the Mac world) switched Web hosts. It used to run on an OSX-based server, but as of November 9 it’s running on Linux,” USA Today columnist Andrew Kantor writes in his blog Kantor.com. “I find this amusing — and telling.”
MacDailyNews Take: Andrew’s on quite a tear lately over in his blog, Kantor.com. Our travels from server to server have nothing to do with operating systems and everything to do with the capacity to handle our growing traffic at sustainable rates. Right now, MacDailyNews is using a host that uses servers that are running Linux. We have also used Mac OS 9, Mac OS X and FreeBSD in the past. We probably will hit one or all of them again in the future – well, maybe not Mac OS 9 . Notice that we have never used a Windows-based server, nor will we ever. Now that’s actually quite telling. ‘Nix variants, when offered by a robust host with reasonable rates, are all in play, with Mac OS X our primary choice when it’s available. This site was designed on Mac OS, the articles are written on machines running Mac OS X and we endorse Mac OS X completely for servers and many other uses.
Elsewhere in his blog, Kantor writes things like, “I know that the Mac folks are desperate to believe that everyone is out to get them. They have these knee-jerk reactions if someone says something less than wonderful about any Mac product… Daring to question to superiority of anything from Apple is unacceptable. When Steve Jobs leaves the bathroom, it smells like roses, I’m sure… The Mac is a good machine, probably a great machine. But it’s suffered, in part, from a lack of good media coverage. Why? No one wants to write about it. Why? Because no one wants to deal with Mac users.”
Kantor continues with his digital equivalent of foaming at the mouth, “I asked some writer friends of mine — folks who cover technology — about Mac/Apple coverage. And their reaction was the same: They won’t bother writing about Macs because the Mac community is too much trouble to deal with… One person (no, I won’t mention names) laughed — electronically, anyway — when I told him about the kooky reactions I got from Mac users. ‘Why would you write about the Mac?” he said. ‘I could have told you, you can never satisfy those people.’ Mac users are their own worst enemies. If a writer is attacked for not agreeing that everything that comes out of the company is wonderful, why would he or she every write about Mac again? It’s easier just to ignore the company. A lot of Mac users seem to think there’s a conspiracy against their computers. Not exactly. It’s more of a feeling among tech writers that — once again — it’s just not worth it.”
MacDailyNews Take: Using Andrew’s “logic,” a war correspondent who is attacked in letters by people for or against said war, should stop reporting about the war, because it’s just not worth the hassle to the lazy reporter safe in his office; soldiers and people in the war-torn country be damned. At least we’ve gained some insight as to why some reporters think it’s okay to ignore the Mac platform. We wonder what else they’re ignoring for the sake of their own comfort?
Kantor’s site is here. He’s added direct feedback to his columns – wonder where he got that idea?
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