This right here.
Look at my username. LOOK AT IT.
I was a Mac-only guy back in the late 90's. I had a subscription to MacAddict magazine for several years. My first computer was a beige G3/300 running MacOS 8.1. I eventually upgraded that box to 224MB of RAM and added a Voodoo3 3000 card (with the firmware flashed for the Mac).
I hated Windows and everything it stood for. But I started using white-box hardware running Windows when I wanted to make Unreal Tournament maps in 2002.
When I got over that phase (in 2005 or so), I started running Linux. But it was annoying and limiting and didn't play any good games. So I went back to Windows.
Not too long after that, I switched from being a primarily PHP/Java developer to a
Sure, I kept buying Macs up until about 2007 or so. I had an iPhone (original model) for a while. But Apple's shit just gets on my nerves. Over and over they promised things that never happened. They produced shiny hardware that never performed. They kept nerfing the software. And when OSX 10.5 came out and replaced the normal IP firewall with an application firewall, I knew it was over. I haven't bothered with a new Mac since. I have actively pushed people away from Apple products. When people ask for help with esoteric Apple issues, I tell them "I don't know anything about Apple products", which, funny enough, is what I used to say about Windows.
So I've been there, and I've done that. Your journey away from Apple is just beginning. Mine has finished, and I have no regrets about it. And Apple should take it to heart if they want to survive.
Windows is far superior to Mac OS X. So is Linux.
Having been a user of all three, and a developer on all three, systems for many years, I actually know what I'm talking about.
I would readily recommend Windows workstations and, for some tasks, servers. I would readily recommend Linux for servers. I have written software for both. I would not recommend Macs for anything, as the hardware is unimpressive and not different from anything any other PC manufacturer makes, and the software is stifling and foam-padded so as not to be "unfriendly". Personally, I find that exact quality to be rather unfriendly in and of itself.
So if you need a Fisher-Price computer, and you feel you need to pay double the market rate for it, by all means, buy an Apple. And don't be too sad when your "new" computer is poorly supported, gets cut off from necessary updates, and bogs down under the "burden" of minor software updates over the course of the next two years. Everyone who has ever bought a Mac certainly understands your pain.
I used to be a fanboi like you, and if you don't believe me, check my username.
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