“Those of us who have been writing about computers for a long time know that whenever you write about the Macintosh, you’re bound to get a lot of negative comments. Mac fans are really fans, and they aren’t shy about telling you how wonderful the Mac is and how awful Windows is in comparison,” Michael Miller writes for PC Magazine. “So even though I’ve really liked the new Intel-based Macintoshes, and I’m intrigued by BootCamp [sic], I was expecting some comments about my recent blogs and columns on the subject.”
“I wrote a couple of recent pieces on the MacBookPro [sic], the MacMini [sic], and BootCamp, in which I mostly had good things to say about Apple’s new Intel based machines. All three of these machines (the iMac, MacBookPro, and Mac Mini are very well designed and well integrated with Apple’s software. And of course, the ability to run both OS X and Windows XP, whether through BootCamp or some of the alternatives, gives the new Macs more flexibility than anythng else on the market,” Miller writes. “These eventually became the basis for a column in PC Magazine (not online yet) and another for the Toronto Star. Then MacDailyNews criticized and summarized some of the things I said. So I’ve gotten a lot of comments.”
“The two big areas of comment were price and software availablity, so let me address them,” Miller writes.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: First off, on April 27, 2006, we criticized Miller’s ridiculous contention that “Mac users will start installing Windows (to do things like play games) and eventually start doing more and more on Windows.” (Related article here.) Now, if Miller wants to change the argument today, here ya go:
If you write about the Macintosh, you’re only bound to get a lot of negative comments if you write something that makes little or no sense. For example, “Mac users will start installing Windows (to do things like play games) and eventually start doing more and more on Windows.”
In general, we don’t comment negatively about writers who have done their homework, have obviously used a Mac before writing about the experience, and/or who don’t overreach when trying to push certain agendas. You know what? We write about the Mac all the time (see our “Opinion” section) and we really don’t get a lot of negative comments, even when we’re critical of Apple or the Mac. People seem to be fine with Mac criticism when the critic has obviously used the platform and sticks to the facts. Typos can be excused, but getting the model names right helps show people that you understand what you’re writing about, too: it’s “MacBook Pro,” “Mac mini,” and “Boot Camp,” by the way. We’re not saying that Miller hasn’t used a Mac, just that the articles Mac users react most negatively to usually come from people who have clearly never touched a Mac or haven’t used one since 1989.
The price issue: you get what you pay for and some people don’t tie themselves in knots trying to save fifty or a hundred or even five hundred bucks upfront. Some people understand the concept of “Total Cost of Ownership.” Some people aren’t cheap. They value their time and don’t like to waste it due to poor workmanship (hardware and software). They prefer quality and attention to detail over saving a few bucks off the initial sticker price. Some people know how to shop. Some people don’t.
Miller’s whole software availability argument falls flat, since if a piece of software is good enough to sell well, it’s either available for the Mac already (for one example, Photoshop) or Apple has a Mac-only application that’s usually better than whatever’s popular on Windows (one example, iMovie) or Mac users have both options at the same time (for two freeware examples, FireFox for Mac and Windows, and Safari for Macs only). It’s the same old argument: “We have a ‘choice’ of 20 different Word processors,” Windows sufferers declare. “You Mac users only have 9 Word processor ‘choices.'” Well, guess what? Mostly everyone uses the same one word processor, but we Mac users also have the Pages option and Windows users don’t. There’s an old saying, of which we’re fond, “Window users are Mac users’ beta testers.” If your app is good enough, you’ll make a Mac version. If not, thanks for not wasting our time with your “choice.” More doesn’t equal better. Better equals better.
There are currently over 20,000 Mac applications. Explore many of them here: http://guide.apple.com/index.lasso
[UPDATE: 11:55am EDT: fixed typo on “ownership” and corrected usage of “[sic]” above.]
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