Title by ACME
First off, I will go on the record as saying that I
am a Mac Afficianado, nay, Evangelist. This despite everything
Apple's done to piss off its loyal followers. I will also strate
that I am not a platform bigot, though I prefer Mac. I also have
a Pentium III machine with enough horsepower for the games and
the few things the Mac won't do. I intend to get into Linux before
too long, especially considering that MacOS X is UNIX-based, and
can be run from a command line.
Macs are very compelling, but I swear that Apple has
tried to shoot itself in the foot at every turn. The best way
to put it, is that the Macintosh has survived despite Apple. It's
that good. I have never run into someone who had switched from
a Mac to a PC, and actually preferred it that way. Many the other
MacOS X rules; it is based BSD UNIX, and on the Mach
microkernal. In other words, all the power of UNIX underneath
the pretty Happy Mac. This should make it easier to port to other
processors and platforms - I'm looking forward to it. MacOS needs
to be compelling enough to become the preferred OS, and being
able to run it on cheaper hardware would help immensely. Hope
they get it right this time. Lord knows Apple's screwed up enough
in the past - could have been the BIG THING if they had seriously
considered licensing instead of firmly imbedding their collectove
heads in their collective asses in the 80's. I can only hope that
Jobs knows what he's doing. He hit a nerve with the iMac, and
the iPod, and then the new iMac, but can he keep it up? Apple's
always had great machines and software, but they can't manage
themselves to save their lives (which is what they have to do!).
I'll step down from my soapbox now, and if anybody
was offended by the above, don't be. It's competition that makes
things better, and without Microsoft, Apple wouldn't have had
much pressure to evolve. In other words, Bill helped make the
Mac as good as it is as much as anybody else, and the reverse
is true as well. In fact, in an article in the11/97 issue of Wired, I discoved that Mr. Gates
tried to *help* Apple become THE OS in the 80's, but Apple pulled
the cranial-rectal inversion. How about that? Infinite Diversity
in Infinite Combination - the beauty of life. Besides, some of
my best friends use PC's :-).
BTW - If I have any of my facts incorrect, email
me. I hate being wrong!
Having preached my sermon for the day (and
the cult of Mac *is* almost a religion!), I know present some
computer related web sites of interest (even for PC Guys!):
- Hardware Manufacturers
- Apple Computer - you
know, the guys that invented GUI's (OK, ripped off from Xerox!)
and most of the technology that PC weenies just caught on to?
Been there, done that.
- Welcome to the
Newton Site - Newton Message Pad Technology
- Silicon Graphics Inc. - One of the few
computers even Mac users envy!
- Iomega - Love that Zip
Drive, just the thing for keeping naughty pictures from gumming
up yer hard drive!.
- Motorola - The main reason
I like these guys is that they make the chips that power my Macs.
- Hewlett-Packard - Makers
of all kinds of neato electronic thingies!
- MacAddict Magazines'
Web site - All you Mac-heads gather 'round, a true Mac enthusiast
mag is here! This link courtesy of my bud, the great and powerful
AL (now you're famous!)
- ZD Net - Ziff-Davis Publishing
- source for some of the finest industry mags. Read back articles,
download software, and get more info here.
- If you haven't heard of Wired Magazine, you need to!
- MacTech Magazine - For
the hardcore Mac programmer
- Where to Get It!