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Mac haters

Okay, I have a mac. A MacBook Pro to be specific.  I bought it in November.  I bought it because I have been exploring new audio platforms to use for recording in the studio and macs have a great reputation for stability.  I wasn’t ready to make the jump from my beloved Sonar-based Windows x64 (Vista Ultimate) setup but I was in the market for a new laptop.  So I figured that I would get the laptop and learn the whole mac world so if I ever did make the leap over to something like Logic or ProTools for my audio recording, I would only have one learning curve (the software) not two (the software + the system).  So far I have been very happy with my decision.  The initial learning curve was a bit steep but once I learned a few things, I can say I love my mac.  My experiment has worked and I am happy I made the decision that I did.  

I have discovered something interesting along the journey.  The world is full of mac haters.  Since getting the mac, I have been in a variety of settings with it: church meetings, business meetings, client meetings, interviews, Starbuck’s, my friends house, my studio, etc.  In most, if not all of these settings I get a myriad of interesting comments.  These comments come out right about the time I pull my shiny silver macbook out of my backpack.  They all are some variety of “oh, a mac guy.”  It is said with derision and disdain.  It is said with a smirk.  It is said with a knowing sarcasm that implies “here a guy who thinks he is better than all of us.”  The most interesting comments come from IT guys.  They utter “oh, a mac guy” but this is said with a tenor of “you just made my job harder you jerk.”

Funny thing is, having a mac has made my life easier and more productive.  Compatibility with all systems, networks, wifis, etc has been a breeze.  Case and point: I needed to print some stuff at church and I just unplugged the USB cable from the printer and plugged it into my mac and no sooner than you could say “oh, a mac guy” the driver had loaded and I was printing lead sheets for the worship team.  I was so impressed with this I started plugging into printers in every home and office I visited for about a week.  It worked every time, like a really neat magic trick.

(Here is a good place to address the 3rd category of people which are other mac users who utter some version of “oh, a mac guy!” with delight and a sense of “I’ve got a friend in the world” – call it instant-community – kind of like when you find out your boss is a believer.)

I have never had a problem connecting a peripheral, or to a wifi network or LAN, opening up a Microsoft document or Microsoft formatted file.  On top of that I never shut the thing down, it’s “always on” so startup and shutdown takes as long as it takes me to open or close the lid, screen management for projection is a no brainer, the battery lasts like 4 1/2 hours, the blue screen of death is non-existent, everything is super fast, and Office:Mac actually works.

I have come to a conclusion.  The reason mac people love macs is for all the reasons above and more, but I figured out that the thing works so well you never actually learn anything about your computer.  I am serious.  I think the reason mac users love macs is because they don’t have to know squat about a computer to make it work, they just don’t know this, but wouldn’t really care even if they did because they are more productive than you.  

That said, people who use Windows based computers have to actually know how a computer works.  Here’s the rub for mac users, if something goes wrong on your PC, you can actually fix it yourself – for cheap.  I have built more PC’s from scratch than I can remember and all of them are still in play in someone’s home (or recording studio) today.  And it’s easy to upgrade and modify.  For mac users, if something goes wrong, it’s a trip to the Mac store and I hope you paid $349 for the extended warranty.

So it’s funny, the mac haters hate macs for reasons that are not based in reality and the mac lovers love macs for reasons that would actually make the Windows people happy.

Okay you weigh in, do I have a point?  🙂

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4 Responses to “Mac haters”


  1. 1 Julian
    April 29, 2009 at 10:32 am

    PC-Haters

    Okay I see your point and I will admit after using many Macs in the search for a new computer I was enlightened to something. “Macs are faster, more efficient, and more user friendly than PC’s”. Yes that’s right. And while I could make my point that the Mac system is exclusive to more Mac stuff and that there are issues with the shiny silver or white casing, in the end the realization is the same…

    Unfortunately, I believe there still to be a fourth group: Elite Mac users. Those, who don’t just dislike PCs but hate them with a passion. I’ll list a couple of things actually said to me by Mac users…

    “I love my Mac…PC’s are just for losers” (pretty self evident)

    “I wish I could kill all PC’s!” (believe it)

    “oh…a PC” Said almost derogatory. But, seriously, what’s that supposed to mean?

    “AAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHH… PC’s!!!” (Yes, I’m sure you’ve all heard this one in the office)

    Yes, Mac’s are cooler, Mac’s are faster, yes, yes, yes. In fact, in some places I’m embarrassed to pull out my Dell Laptop because of the potential rejection I may receive. Don’t laugh, it’s serious. But all in all I think this whole PC vs. Mac goes both ways.

  2. 2 Cody
    April 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    and you don’t have to worry nearly as much about viruses and hackers…

  3. 3 Mic
    May 17, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    I was forced to switch to Mac 13 years ago, and what I found is all the things you mentioned. No, Macs aren’t perfect, and frankly “most” of the issues that I find I have to help people with their Mac happens to be Microsoft stuff.

    I’m NOT one that considers PC users losers. However, I can honestly say that I have still give more support to PC users than Mac users to this day. AND… because of that, I can still troubleshoot a PC even though I haven’t built one since 1995.

  4. 4 steve
    September 16, 2009 at 11:14 pm

    Hmmm – seems like what most folks are _really_ saying is that the OS on proprietary MAC hardware is more stable than Windoze running on a generic PC platform – can’t argue (too much) with that. BUT, *NIX (UNIX, LINUX, etc) running on a PC has the best of both worlds – the lower PC price, non-proprietary hardware (and lower repair/replacement cost), higher reliability, and more free software than PC and MAC combined (times ten) – but probably not the best solution for the technophobe…


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