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06

Guardian Unlimited: I Hate Macs

Yesterday’s Guardian Unlimited had a very funny article by Charlie Brooker titled, “I Hate Macs.”  In the article, Mr. Brooker pokes fun at the latest ad campaign by Apple in which two actors portray the human incarnations of a PC and Mac.  From the article:

“I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don’t use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.”

Perhaps a bit strong, but you know where the author stands.  On a more factual note, the article continues:

Aside from crowing about sartorial differences, the adverts also make a big deal about PCs being associated with “work stuff” (Boo! Offices! Boo!), as opposed to Macs, which are apparently better at “fun stuff”. How insecure is that? And how inaccurate? Better at “fun stuff”, my arse. The only way to have fun with a Mac is to poke its insufferable owner in the eye. For proof, stroll into any decent games shop and cast your eye over the exhaustive range of cutting-edge computer games available exclusively for the PC, then compare that with the sort of rubbish you get on the Mac. Myst, the most pompous and boring videogame of all time, a plodding, dismal “adventure” in which you wandered around solving tedious puzzles in a rubbish magic kingdom apparently modelled on pretentious album covers, originated on the Mac in 1993. That same year, the first shoot-’em-up game, Doom, was released on the PC. This tells you all you will ever need to know about the Mac’s relationship with “fun”.”

Terrific stuff.  Definitely worth the read.

Thanks, Newsgator.

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 February 6th, 2007  
 Will  
 Computers, Misc Thoughts  
   
 4 Comments

4 Responses to Guardian Unlimited: I Hate Macs

  1. I don’t get why everyone has to go so overboard and treat this like a religious battle. Geez, pick the platform that makes you most productive, and move on. I use a MacBook Pro – it works better than a PC for me – I switched 6 months ago and never looked back. But I don’t have to “hate” PCs.

    For example, none of this opinion matters to me, because I don’t use my computer to play games, and I never will.

    It reminds me of .NET vs Java. Another religous battleground. Here’s a fact: I can create a piece of software or a web site using EITHER of these tools on EITHER a PC or a Mac. It’s just a matter of choice and preference, and which tools I feel make me more productive and feel better about the experience of creation.

    Come on everyone, let’s have a little tolerance. 😉

  2. I don’t get why everyone has to go so overboard and treat this like a religious battle. Geez, pick the platform that makes you most productive, and move on. I use a MacBook Pro – it works better than a PC for me – I switched 6 months ago and never looked back. But I don’t have to “hate” PCs.

    For example, none of this opinion matters to me, because I don’t use my computer to play games, and I never will.

    It reminds me of .NET vs Java. Another religous battleground. Here’s a fact: I can create a piece of software or a web site using EITHER of these tools on EITHER a PC or a Mac. It’s just a matter of choice and preference, and which tools I feel make me more productive and feel better about the experience of creation.

    Come on everyone, let’s have a little tolerance. 😉

  3. Hey David,

    Of course, you’re right. I, in fact, have both PCs and a Mac. I also could care less about the choice. I have to say, though, that I love fanning the flames of those in that small group of people that truly get into the religious argument.

    Even if it’s sick and twisted, it’s *my* kinda fun! 😉

  4. Hey David,

    Of course, you’re right. I, in fact, have both PCs and a Mac. I also could care less about the choice. I have to say, though, that I love fanning the flames of those in that small group of people that truly get into the religious argument.

    Even if it’s sick and twisted, it’s *my* kinda fun! 😉