Originally Posted by macFanDave
Apple made the price of DVD-R's plummet? They invented USB? (Of course, they did invent FireWire, but that's a whole 'nother story.) Apple made SCSI either obsolete or fringe? You are the ignoramus here.
That media was going to become cheap was a surprise? That they chose to lock their users into decades of generally unsupported hardware, because their's was "Superior"? History has said otherwise.
That they keep screwing up FireWire (in OSX 10.3 & 10.5) or removing it (from iPods) or not including it on some of their Mac models? That they completely obsoleted SCSI in one swoop with the G4s and OSX, whereas PCs still use it in server implementations?
That they actually built hardware with no way to save data or attempt rescues in a crisis, other than over a network which in all likelihood would then be unavailable? I know, I found myself in that position.
That they dragged their heels over CDR, DVDR, USB2, 256 bit system and Unicode (of which they were a founding member for Christ's sake). That they changed the plugs on FW800 and have repeatedly used ports that require expensive adaptors to use, which they don't include with the hardware. That they used over the years a vast array of mutually incompatible video connectors, tied to various monitors.
That they dragged us through 2 major incompatible changes of processors and a major system change because they had deadended themselves through their own choices
? Each time almost crippling their users' productivity and forcing them to pay for major changes in hardware and software to do nothing else but try and stay in business. In all cases causing us to go backwards for a year or more.
That you then ignore the vast majority of the rest of my list?
You are talking out of your Apple flavoured arse!
There is always this Greek chorus of complainers that show up at every change. The Niner Whiners were the worst.
That is the stupid attitude that blames the victims, because they apparently haven't a clue what all the above did to them or their bottom lines.
Nobody objected to changes that brought the improvements we had been pleading for for ages. It was entirely reasonable though to object to arbitrary, crippling change that damaged the ability to continue working productively with existing investments.
Apple has an extremely disdainful attitude to its users, I guess they have them pegged as submissive, uncritical devotees. They love throwing out the baby with the bathwater, because it isn't their baby, they've got a new one.
The Niners' objections were to broken user interface conventions that Apple itself had set up years before and were essential elements in user productivity. Also changes like Font usage in OSX that 8 years later is still crap.
OK, I'm going to type V-E-R-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y for you to see my point. You see, the Obama campaign has the theme of "Change." (BTW, I do support him.) But, "change" could be for the better (Mac OS X, especially starting with 10.2) or for the worse (Vista). It is assumed that when Obama speaks of change that it will be for the better, but I wish it were more explicitly stated. You already hear the bigots spewing crap like he would "change" America into an Islamic Republic.
The S-L-O-W typing is for your own benefit. Obama cannily knows the American public and he isn't about to tell them that they are part of the problem and are going to have to change themselves. After all they voted for and supported Bush twice because he is as ignorant and prejudiced as they are.
Like Bush they believe America is not the problem, that all they need is to invade more countries for oil so they can continue to do donuts in the carparks of the United States of Allyoucaneat.
You don't find too many of us to be very proud of slavery, lynching, Jim Crow laws, Plessy vs. Ferguson, the Dred Scott Case, our treatment of minorities and women in the past, Vietnam, etc. And looking at surveys taken currently, more than 70% of us are not proud of George W. Bush. We are all not as arrogant as our Dear Leader.
And you certainly don't "all" like to vote. Nor see what is fundamentally wrong with a system that is so fascinated by its own propaganda and fictionalised history that it ignores the Plutocracy masquerading as a Democracy.
By the way, my country is going to turn 232 on July 4, and we don't look a day over 225!
My apologies, my off the cuff calculations were from a date more meaningful to us.