Dvorak: ‘I personally do not like the Mac; Windows Vista’s ‘Mac-like’ qualities may spell its doom’

“The one curious aspect of [Microsoft’s Windows] Vista, which may also spell its doom and mark the end of the road for the most popular OS in the history of the world, is its newest Mac-like qualities. This phenomenon I find quite fascinating,” John C. Dvorak foments for PC Magazine.

Dvorak foments, “From what I can tell, the Mac community likes Vista more than the PC community. Apparently, in its quest to emulate what Apple does on the Mac—as if it’s the holy grail of computers—Microsoft has given up on what makes a PC unique. (And I don’t mean the blue screen of death.) There is something about Vista that has crossed over to the right brain—the realm of the Mac.”

“When it comes to the Apple-versus-PC battle, one oft-neglected discussion is that the majority of people do not like Macs. Get over it, it’s true. Hence, Apple’s market share is low. There is no other explanation, although price has always been the rationale. Now it looks as if there is more to it than price. I, personally, do not like the Mac—snappy response aside—of the way it feels when saving files. I know this is silly, but I’ve never felt comfortable with it. It was mushy in some weird way that always gave me the creeps. I always felt that if something weird happened on a Mac I would never be able to recover a file. I’ve never felt that way with a PC. I figured that with a PC, I could take the hard disk out and easily put it into another machine and then go exploring the drive without worry,” Dvorak foments.

Dvorak foments, “This is a minor thing to people who would be fearful of removing a hard disk, and that, to me, would be a typical art director at an ad agency who used a Mac. He’s buying the machine because it looks good and he/she likes the way it feels.”

Dvorak foments, “And there is the much-discussed odd nature of the fringe Mac users who are cultlike and often psycho in their behavior: They see the machine as an extension of themselves and defend it from criticism with an unpleasant vehemence. They represent the worst kind of irrational right-brainers. Who needs to associate with people like that?”

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Questions abound:
• Which “Mac community,” exactly, likes Windows Vista more than “the PC community?”
• If the Mac isn’t “the holy grail of computers,” what is, John? Windows XP? Some obscure Linux distro? Kaypro, you old fool?
• Perhaps the majority of people do not like Macs because they have no idea what a Mac is or what they’re missing? Or because they believe garbage from the likes of Dvorak?
• Why do those who use both Mac and Windows overwhelmingly choose Macs? Get over it, it’s true.
• Who would’ve guessed that John C. Dvorak, personally, does not like the Mac? You know, because it’s “mushy in some weird way.”
• You can’t take a hard disk out of a Mac Pro, easily put it into another Mac Pro, and then go exploring the drive without worry? Of course you can – and easier than with any Windows PC, too.
• Why does Dvorak pretend that people buy Macs because they look good? The answer is in the video included below.
• The only one who’s “psycho in their behavior” is the man technology long ago passed by: John C. Dvorak. Why else would he not want to “associate with people like that” while continuing to bait them for decades with his badly written slop?
• Does PC Magazine really need to stoop so low for hits as to employ an empty-headed blowhard who has admitted on tape (see below) to baiting Mac users in a desperate quest for hits?
• Besides just sounding old, John’s really looking old. What legacy will John C. Dvorak leave besides a closetful of bad shirts, the reputation of a weasel, and reams upon reams of worthless sniping?

John Dvorak admits to baiting Mac users in desperate attempts to generate traffic for his junk:

Related articles:
Dvorak on Apple iPhone, Steve Jobs, Ballmer, Transcendental Meditation, and more – January 17, 2007
Dvorak on Apple iPhone: ‘I think Apple can do wrong and I think this is it’ – January 13, 2007
Apple sells 450,000 of Dvorak’s ‘nutty’ Nike+iPod Sport Kits in under three months – September 13, 2006
Dvorak tries damage control – June 20, 2006
Video: Dvorak admits to baiting Apple Mac users for hits – June 10, 2006
Dvorak thinks iPod+Nike Sport Kit is ‘nutty’ – May 24, 2006


  1. This guy is the Jimmy “The Greek” of computer commentators. We are just waiting for him to make the first off-color comment so he gets canned, once and for all.

    Maybe we can bait him and ask him why certain races aren’t running M$…..

  2. Dvorak writes “… I, personally, do not like the Mac…”

    Fortunately, all Apple has to do at this point is simply wait for all these simple-minded old fogeys to die off (and they will sooner or later). For the most part, Apple is courting the next generation of computer users — except for the gamers — which they really need to get busy on…

  3. Do the world a favor and, as MDN says, “Think Before You Click™.”

    Don’t give this idiot any more hits. We’ll have him back managing a Wendy’s from midnight to 6 a.m. in no time (no offense Wendy’s employees. Ack! Actually, I like Wendy’s. What am I saying?!) Anway, don’t help keep this guy in business.

    Let’s take a stand against stupidity, evil, greed, and lies. He craves money and attention. Give him neither.

  4. “I can’t put my finger on it.” Uh, perhaps because there is no logical reason you feel that way. He’s hated Macs for so long that he doesn’t even remember why. Perhaps it was jealousy, or cost (in the old days). Maybe it was because it didn’t have an old fashioned command prompt mode (in the old days). Whatever it was, he can’t even remember and it’s probably no longer relevent. So, he comes up with crap to continue his hatred.

    Along the same lines, I’m sure that PC Mag is probably saying “I think there was a reason we hired John D., but I can’t remember why.”

  5. With Target Mode there’s no reason to take the drive out of the Mac in order to go exploring it with another Mac. There’s nothing like it in the Windows world. While working at a multimedia company years ago the clients were always stunned by the multi-monitor desktop — never mind the 3D work I was doing for them on the screen. “How did you do that?” (As the cursor smoothly glided from one screen to another.) “What key did you press?” Target Mode is like that now.

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