Morgan Jones on 27 Jan 2011 14:52:38 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] why apple

Hello Ron,

I made the switch from Linux (Ubuntu) on a Thinkpad to a Macbook Pro about 2 years ago.  I have been in systems/programming for 15+ years and know Linux very well.  It took me a little while to get used to doing things Apple's way but I found out that Macs are very well set up for technical work and if you accept their way of doing things work very well indeed.  Apple is a master at building user interfaces: they are coherent, simple and powerful.

iTunes is surprisingly good in combination with an iPhone: I podcast extensively.  Apple Mail is hands down the best mail client I've ever used and I do email consulting for a living.  The Apple Terminal app kills any terminal I've ever used on Linux (or Windows).  The display on apple computers (laptops and desktops) are high quality by default--brighter and crisper than and PC I've worked with.  You can't beat how smoothly they sleep/wake.  I'm out of the loop but Ubuntu used to only wake up about 1/2 the time on my Thinkpad.

I am defacto IT support for everyone in my life and since I switched the receptive ones to Mac I hear little but praise for their mac from them.  My mother even has an iPhone and loves it.  I don't know anyone using windows who hasn't brought me their PC at some point to clear off spyware.

I won't defend Apple's practices but I do firmly believe anyone, technical or not, who's anti-Mac just hasn't really tried using one..  They work very well and generally are much less trouble than other computers.  The amazing thing is this is true both for highly technical users and for non-technical users.  With most things I say leave your politics at the door and pick what works best for you.  All big corporations do evil things.

You're kidding yourself if you think a non-technical user is going to use Linux and Microsoft is no different from Apple in their practices.. the difference is Apple makes a more pleasant, better thought-out product.  It is more expensive but isn't quality generally more expensive?

Let us know what she decides.


On Jan 26, 2011, at 5:38 PM, Ron Kaye Jr wrote:

my daughter is almost 30
she wants an apple mac

dad hates apple ( i go back to apple iic!)
proprietary, more expensive, gotta pay for everything (ugh)

i am sure age can be a factor
and it is free bsd
why are you younger folk so enamored with apples.
i will listen- i am a reasonable guy

Ron Kaye Jr
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