OT: Mac vs Win partisanship is unnecessary

Bob Sneidar bobs at twft.com
Thu Jul 22 13:06:31 EDT 2010

I agree in principle, and I don't think anytime is payback time. There IS no Windows box vs. Mac box. Mac's are Intel chipsets with ROM code "allowing" them to run OS X. 

But I also agree that for years Mac users have been very unfairly criticized for liking and using an OS that wasn't the status quo. 

Honestly, I don't think the whole dispute is about computers or operating systems at all. I think it's our pack instincts rearing it's head in very odd and unexpected places. I happen to think that people who buy Honda Elements are pretty smart and savvy people. Is it a coincidence that I happen to own one? And why anyone would root for Cleveland when they live around here is so far beyond me I cannot even begin to comprehend it. And by the way, all iPhone users (and iPad users) are brilliant forward thinking people who "get it" in ways that the "others" don't "get it". 

It has escaped my notice all these years, until recently, right about the time that my testosterone began to wane, that the one thing in common with all this was that I myself had all these things in common with the people I "liked". Could a disproportionate love for self have anything to do with these value judgements? hmmm...


On Jul 21, 2010, at 6:03 PM, Curry Kenworthy wrote:

> Stephen wrote:
> > I find this cry for a Windows version amusing
> > This is payback time
> I find an OS-driven personality/identity amusing. I am not anti-Flash, anti-QuickTime, anti-HTML5, anti-Windows, or anti-Mac. If Flash or Windows irritate someone, that's fine. I subscribe to the old "Think Different" philosophy, not one that encourages being the same.
> If what's good for the goose applies...why is bashing Mac off limits but we have gloating directed at Windows users? Come on people, these are two operating systems (and companies) that drive tools to help us in life and business, hopefully not two religions or two systems that should drive us to follow them. Each has its strengths. Each has its problems. Neither deserves to be a master, because people should use tools and not the other way around. Mac lovers, more power to you! Windows or Linux users--the same sentiment exactly, enjoy the OS you prefer.
> I signed up with Rodeo and am looking forward to using it. However, a Windows or web editor would be great too. If I need to always edit on Mac, so be it, but using one technology or another I'm sure I will be writing apps for iPhone or iPad from Windows eventually if I so desire. (If it's an IDE written in Flash, that's fine too!) By the same token I like to be able to develop for other devices on the Mac if that comes in handy. That's the great thing about progress--more possibilities, not fewer. And the Rodeo team has certainly been helpful and nice when fielding OS and device questions.
> As Jerry said, the OS boundaries that force people to choose may be an illusion. (At least in some situations.) RunRev has surely erased a lot of boundaries and it looks like Rodeo is off to a good start in that area too! Let's enjoy that freedom and not force OS choices. To each his own OS. Let the goose and the gander each observe the same guidelines of discussion.
> Hopefully these comments will be taken in the positive spirit with which they are offered. Okay, I'll shut up now and get back to coding!
> Best wishes,
> Curry
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