Originally posted by Anders
Thats probably how a WIndows user would think when seeing the commercial ("Why can´t I build my own mac?").
As a Mac user, who has traded the commodity of PCs for the flexibility of the OS, I and probably the large majority of Mac users know what they mean by "setting free".
So the commercial is probably not effective for wooing Windows users over. Its for the devotees.
I'm not so sure that's correct any more. I think Apple is losing devotees as we speak.
About the advertising. Your assessment may have been correct when they had the G3 commercials that were 'smoking off' Pentiums (or something like that), but these days, it's different. OS X is outstanding - but not by that much any more. The "set free" advertising probably is for the more delusional devotees, while less delusional devotees like me wonder why Monarch Computer lets you configure your computer from scratch while Apple doesn't.
After being a Mac evangelist since 1986, since two years I am considering serious alternatives. This also has to do with still not being able to run full 64-bit on G5 powermacs, having had two DOA deliveries of G5 powermacs, and not getting any 1-year-ahead roadmaps by Apple that allow me to do serious hardware planning. And if you're honest about it, Macs are simply too slow. Not according to their own statistics, but Dr. Marlboro also said smoking was no threat to your health.
Instead of wasting money on yet another G5, I got myself an AMD Opteron 254 dual processor machine with more hardware specs than you could get for DOUBLE the money at Apple's. I run 64-bit Suse Linux, and for all I know that environment is not one bit less user-friendly than just about anything running under X11 on OS X.
Unless Mac OS X will allow OS-level clustering, run on bigger Sun, IBM, HP, Acer or Fuj-Siemens servers, run on slim Dell laptops - we're not seeing any 'setting free'. It's this reverse advertising talk that NOW is really infantile, whereas ten years ago, it was 'cool'.
So, no, I'm not your "Windows user". But funny you should bring "Windows" up: I bought my first Windows machine with a TV card, after Apple advertised EyeTV that cost me over 400 CHF and never ever run reliably - they were nice enough to refund me for that unfunctional box, so I used that money to buy myself a cheap PC with a TV card that, funny enough, still runs reliably today, and helps me catch up with some TV shows I may have missed otherwise. Otherwise, Windows is no comparison to OS X, but useful of course, if a particular application is not available for Mac OS X.
- Where is OS X on "real" computers? Where is OS X taking over features of other OSs that are really cool?
- Where is the Powermac with 4-8 harddrive bays, and 2-3 slot/tray loading devices, and your personal choice of motherboard, 2-8 processors, and up to 32 or 64 GB of RAM?
- Where is the fully user configurable small pizza box, that can be unsightly or snazzy (depending on your choice of case), that hosts anything between a PPC G4 to an AMD Opteron 280, anything between 0.5 to 8 GB of RAM, 2 harddisks (anyone want to live without harddisk mirroring in the times of IDE controllers keeling over?!?) and 1 tray/slotloader (CD, DVD, ...)? And I want to order my slot/tray loading disc reader/writer on basis of it's manufacturer and detailed specs - not on basis of "Apple puts it in for ya".
Apple's hardware always sort of sucked, but their software and OS were cool. So, I like my IBM M keyboard, my Razer Diamondback mouse, my Acer LCD screen, my G4 is more useable since I went to order replacement Papst / Thermal Take fans and replaced the CPU, and OS X just (still and unfortunately) happens to run on an Apple computer. Me liking OS X for desktop productivity doesn't mean I'm unable to perform bang for buck evaluations.