“If I learned anything from the feedback for my last column, it’s that Mac loyalists remain a passionate bunch. The e-mails I received had my head spinning faster than Fast User Switching in OS X. Clearly, the response would have been kinder if I had just been unmasked as a serial killer. I received generous helpings of ‘idiot’ and ‘dolt’ sprinkled with a ‘callous ineptitude’ here and there — all because I wrote about my warning to a new salesperson that he wasn’t going to get support for being the Lone Ranger of Macs in his PC-only department,” Chad Dickerson writes for InfoWorld.
“Despite the overzealous headline my editor placed above my column (Want a Mac? You’re on your own), which suggested that Macs were not supported at all at InfoWorld, I want to assure you that Macs are embraced and supported at InfoWorld in key areas. I suspect that InfoWorld is reasonably typical in that approximately 20 percent of our environment consists of Macs,” Dickerson writes. “As I’ve noted before, I love Macs, but I think Mac proponents need to rein in the blind passion to avoid offering problematic solutions in the name of Mac purity… When a PC-only app is absolutely critical, give that person a PC.
Dickerson writes, “Others said that if I more fully embraced open standards — the IT version of world peace, and who doesn’t want that? — I wouldn’t have to deal with the platform problem at all. Unfortunately, the reality of corporate IT intrudes. InfoWorld is more than 25 years old, and we are part of a larger global company that is nearly 40 years old. I am constantly pushing toward open standards with all our key systems; but we are still working with a few aggravating proprietary systems, and there is no magic wand to wipe them away immediately.”
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