The Great War

Posted by Mike Merritt in Computers, Rambling on

No, I’m not talking about WWI or WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq 1, Bosnia, Afghanistan, or Iraq 2. I don’t mean the Cold War, the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, or the French and Indian War. I’m talking about the war between Mac and PC. Or rather, those who would fight in that war.

Mac – Hi, I’m a a Mac.
PC – And I’m a PC.
Me – And I’m starting not to care anymore.

Nothing against Apple, or the plethora of PC manufacturers. They’re not the strike troops in this war. No, it’s the users. Those who use PC and Macs, Windows and Mac OS (and occasionally popping up, Linux) are the ones who are getting to me. Now, I’m not talking about the average PC or Mac user. They, I think, are rather unaffected, and perhaps unaware of this war. No, it’s the fanboys and girls I’m talking about. See, I cannot go into a message board topic related to Mac or PC these days without seeing an argument inevitably erupt. It’s always the same, circular argument that nobody ever wins, because there can be no winner in this war. Yet, somehow, the fanpeople will argue as though they think they can win coverts. It’s starting to piss me off.

Yea, yea, I know. I can stay away from the topics. I just want to know why they start in the first place? Why must a simple question turn into a debate about which platform is better? Who cares? Just answer the question or get out. I don’t think think the original poster wants your rhetoric.

The latest argument I’m seeing involves the pricing between Mac and PC. I’ve seen it before, and I’ve actually taken some time to research. The fact is, you are paying for what you’re getting with Mac, just as you would with a PC. Mac just tends not to use some of the cheapo parts that you see in some of the lower-end PCs, so they end up being a bit more in cost. Now, I agree that Apple will never get some of the average joe web, email, and office suite users that PC gets, because those people simply just don’t need the extra power gotten out of the Mac. Yes, they are going to pay for that decision not to dish out more when the PC breaks faster. Though, from what I hear, some of the Mac components are getting worse in quality these days, so they might end of seeing breaks too.

No, I’m not a Mac-fanboy, but nor am I a PC-fanboy. I use both on a daily basis; Mac for video and audio editing, and some photo editing, and my own PC for other things. I like them both, and think that both have strengths and weaknesses. I am just starting to get sick of the arguments. Cut it out, fan-people, and grow up. There’s more to life than blindly defending your system of choice. Just accept that both pros and cons, and the world might be a little better for the wear. On the other hand, as long as the fan-person war continues, I don’t see a bright spot on the horizon.

In the process of making this post, I came up with an idea for a video. Probably already done, but I need to put my spin on it. I’ll keep you all updated.

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