After Observation

August 14th, 2007  |  Published in etc  |  2 Comments

… I’ve decided to make the following assertion:

The average Mac user is a far bigger twit than the average Linux user.

Shorter StickerGate Summary: We don’t go to Apple press events to ask questions, we go to them to be told answers. Please don’t do anything that interrupts our blissed-out reverie over the new product because our time in Steve’s glow is precious.

On the other hand, a similarly atopical question asked of Linus Torvalds would probably launch 1,000 “+5 – Insightful!11!” comments, all claiming it was a subtle FUD attack from Microsoft.

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  1. David says:

    August 20th, 2007 at 9:27 pm (#)

    Many years ago, I read a short piece by Umberto Eco comparing Mac vs “PC’s” to Catholics vs Protestants, respectively. I wasn’t that impressed with it at the time (although I guess it made enough of an impression on me that I remembered who wrote it 13 years later), but the part that does seem to hold to me is: Mac fans and Catholics both put their belief into one organization who tells them what is right and wrong. I suppose asking a mildly challenging question to Steve Jobs at a press event is like asking the Pope probing questions about the church’s tax-dodging country in the middle of what in every normal respect is Italy. I think Apple does good work, but this kind of thing does turn me off. I like questioning. I like challenging. And I don’t even notice if there are stickers on my computer or not. :) It makes sense that I don’t own a Mac. Maybe part of why I like Linux is just so that I don’t have to join either the Apple or the MS side of that tired old war.

  2. mph says:

    August 21st, 2007 at 11:19 pm (#)

    Maybe part of why I like Linux is just so that I don’t have to join either the Apple or the MS side of that tired old war.

    I can’t imagine an absence of wars in the user community would ever be a prime reason for anyone to be attracted to Linux. Just sayin’.

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