Why I might never buy an Apple Product
There have been many instances in the near past where in I wanted to bite my tongue and go get an Apple product.It started with the iMac mini when it was first released, the Ipod nano when it released and now finally the Mac BookPro.All of them are great products, great hardware and some great design but I could never take that final decision.Why ? Mac fanboy's might say I'm "one-of-them", a Win-tel/Lin-tel guy with no taste.A guy who can't be compared to artists, a joe, a lamer, a loser. :) Then it struck me why I could never buy an Apple product.I was listening to a Dave Winer PBS interview and in this interview he was talking about his feelings on Microsoft/Apple and Jobs and Gates.The tranmscript is here. In this interview Dave summarizes it beautifully about the whole Apple "spirit".
Apple actually does work, okay? It's the exception to the rule. It is the you sit at his feet and you receive the word of God. Okay. I personally can't stomach that. I cannot sit in a goddamn room with Steve Jobs doing that. I wanna puke, you know?I think it's true.All Apple products have the Jobs stamp on it.Apple makes what products through Jobs' eyes.He is GOD for Apple.He says "Be" and it is. I dont't want to be a part of (t)his "world".I'll create my own.It might not me milky white and artistic as Jobs' but it will be mine.It's better(and more fun) carving out your path than having own laid out to you.Sure, I might get a MacBookPro(name sucks,I dont think Jobs named it) in the future but I'm not running Mac OS X on it. Thank you Dave Winer.You helped me pinpoint exactly why I could never love Apple.I have nothing against them,they make great hardware and software(best desktop stuff) but sorry you guys cannot control my digital life.