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Down With Evangelism

Ever heard these before?

"Which is better, Mac or PC?"
"Windows look a bit like it's stolen stuff from Mac OS thingummybob?"
"Ah, you don't want to buy a Mac - you can't get any software for it".

etc.. etc..

These arguments are being fuelled (again) in lots of places, so before you continue reading have a look at:

- The BBC News / Lifehacker / Information Week

All rather dull, isn't it?

It's true, there are similarities between the two, but the reasons why are many, ranging from possible plaguarism to the fact that a lot of computers make use of the same components. They're not that different really. That's why they're called computers. They have storage devices, processing units, pointy things, keyboards and screens. If they had doors, drums and filled up with water, we'd call them washing machines.

To be honest, I'm sick of hearing it. I wish the whole thing could be put to bed.

The fact of the matter is that this argument has been running for nearly 25 years. The Mac fanboys have a pop at the PC clan and vice-versa - and it's all rather tiresome. Acting like some rabid zealot is all well and good, but it's not actually going to convert anyone. You find me someone who says, "Well, I started using a Mac after this guy screamed at me for 15 minutes", and I'll find you some rocking-horse excrement. Run along now.

As someone who was previously a freelance programmer, I've got a bit of I.T. experience. That experience has directed me in the tools I used for the job, but they're just that - tools. Frankly, if I used a ZX81 (and I did have one, once) to do my daily tasks and it did them well, then I don't give a badgers arse. It works for me. It might not for you - but as long as it doesn't stop me doing what I need to, I don't care.

There is such a large amount of computing hardware out there now that the whole matter is somewhat academic. Combine that with operating system choices and software possibilities and it means that just about everyone is doing what they need to do differently. It's called choice, something we should be happy about.

Perhaps the zealots need to remember a few things, like how if the tables were turned and if everyone in the world was a Mac or Linux users, we'd probably see Steve Jobs or whoever in the dock answering questions about why it's running a monopoly. In fact, as far as online legal music distribution goes, that's not far off the case. Legal action is brewing.

In short, if it works for you, great. If it doesn't, change - but I won't be telling what to change to.

Well, unless you ask me for advice, that is. Happy
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