Paul White wrote:
Computers are tools, not my personal identity.
Well put, and one could easily replace "computers" with any number of other objects/ideas.
That's really my biggest complaint against Apple--they try to make their brand a lifestyle
. (And they charge too much for their products).
I use to be a bona-fide "Maclot" - right now, the only piece of Apple hardware I still use is an Apple Pro keyboard from 2000. When it finally dies, I'll have look for an NOS replacement because it is the nicest keyboard I have ever used. I'm not a fan of their newer keyboards.
I started using Linux in 1998 though. April 1st I bought a shiny new 233MHz G3 with 32MB of RAM. Damn thing crashed all the time. It was suggested I buy memory, so I saved up and bought 64 MB. It helped but the damn think still crashed. Then I installed MKLinux DR3 on a 2GB scsi disk - stable as hell, I finally felt like I had gotten my moneys worth for the hardware. I then got a job administering Red Hat systems (MKLinux was basically a port of Red Hat 5 to the Mach Mikrokernel running on PPC) and it soon became my primary OS and has been my only OS for years.
I like OS X and would buy a Mac again ... if Apple would release a mid-level tower. The low end macs are too low end for me and the high end macs are more machine than I need at a higher price than I want to spend. So I just build my own mid-level machines and slap Linux on 'em.
iPad looks tempting, though, it really does.
But - I had an iPod and the only reason it isn't functional right now is because the internal battery stopped taking a charge. How stupid can they be to produce a product that doesn't have a user serviceable battery?
Yes, there are third party kits, but I just said screw it. All my music is ripped to flac anyway, and is mp3 for portable, thus I am not locked in - so I just simply no longer consider an iPod to be an option.
Too bad, otherwise the iPod was a nice design.