Originally Posted by extremeskater
It isnt very hard to understand Apple's business model. Many users even on this forum say that Apple is primarily a hardware company and I agree with that statement. Then the question is why are all the ads agains MS which is a software company. Apple does not gernerate that much news for the exception of the Apple crowd. Windows 7 have gained far more media attention and if you asked 80% of computer users what Snow Leopard was they wouldn't have a clue.
I am not the one spouting record breaking profits or premium market other users are, I don't agree Apple has a premium market.
I don't support or not support anyone. We are talking about computers and computers in my eyes are tools we use to get something done. They are not things to fall in love with and get all upset over. Apple users are the only people on earth that get upset if you insult their computer. That doesn't sound very healthy.
I own stock in many companies but Apple users are the only ones that go around calling themselves shareholders even if whey own 10 freaking shares of stock. Its a joke, its cult mentality and its insane.
... You bring up a couple of points that I think that I might be able to "shed some light on" due to my experience with Apple. (not that that always counts for anything)
First, you're correct in identifying M$ as primarily a software company and Apple as primarily a hardware company. The thing is ... Apple uses a completely different OS and one that is unique to Apple's hardware, so, in that light, it makes perfect sense for Apple to aggressively compare, as favorably as they can, their OS to M$ OS. (if people buy their software, they automatically, in most cases, buy their hardware.
Secondly ... and I'll have to use all of your quote here ....."We are talking about computers and computers in my eyes are tools we use to get something done. They are not things to fall in love with and get all upset over. Apple users are the only people on earth that get upset if you insult their computer. That doesn't sound very healthy."
I can tell you I used to feel exactly like that when my daughter bought her (our) first computer ... I didn't think we even "needed" one. She asked me which one she should buy and the only advice I had for her was ... if you're using windows at work, you should use Mac at home because, in my experience, this "first" computer will be like my "first" guitar ... you will outgrow it quickly and when it's time to buy you're second "real" computer..... you will have more experience with both systems and will be more able to make "the right choice" .... That's why we both own Macs today.
The funny thing is, after learning and using a Mac, I was completely in awe of what we both could accomplish and invariably every new discovery led me to something else I could fall in love with. I do things today I never thought I would be interested in, or capable of doing. Mac has awakened a dormant creative side of me that was put to sleep by the pressures of responsibilities, i.e. earning a living, raising a family, etc. etc.( I've always been jealous of those that found a way to do both).
To make a long story short (oops, too late) ... Am I passionate about computers? ... In my case, definitely yes. It has given color to my life and to a lot of other people I know. Is it the most important thing in my life? ... Hell no. I understand if you only consider computers "are tools we use to get something done" .... It seems we both "get things done". I guess the only difference is, "what things do we get done?" ... My wish for you, and everyone else actually, is that you discover, for yourself, something you might enjoy on your computer as much as I enjoy the stuff I do on mine.
Last point: I would never go into your "house" and "trash" talk it ... your house is your house and it is your choice to live there or not. I might not agree, but it is your choice, none the less.
But if anyone comes into my house, in this case, appleinsider, and trashes my choice, then you should expect a passionate and spirited exchange of opinions. I'm out, my football game (BC Lions) is starting. Good luck and happy computing.