By Steven Foster |
Happy 30th birthday Mac! I was a late-comer to the Mac. My first Mac—a MacIntosh SE—was purchased in 1987, three years after the first Mac appeared on the market. I was ecstatic. Before the Mac I owned a Morrow computer, running on the CPM operation system, the then competitor with DOS, the operating system developed by Bill Gates and friends (I believe DOS stands for “Dinosaur Operating System”). Those of you who still suffer with PCs (Primitive Computers) running fogged-up, dirty, cracked Windows (Why Indeed Never Do Outstanding Work) in its various iterations continue to amaze me. You defend yourselves with the tired old arguments from the 1990s with little clue as to why you actually cling to “much cheaper” (in all respects) PCs and their operating system, produced without one byte of creativity.
Every time I get on a PC it reminds me of using my first CPM computer back in the early 80s. The frustration of trying figure out how to do something as simple as print a document resulted in broken spines on all of my CPM software manuals caused by hurling them against a brick wall. OK, “I’m a Mac” (snob) and “you’re a PC.” I feel real empathy for you. It’s like the difference between being a Progressive and being a Tea Party delusionist—the gulf will never be bridged. Hmmm, I wonder how many tea baggers use Macs. . . ?
Let me ask a simple question. Will you be celebrating the birthday of your first Dell, HP, or off-brand PC?