Mac users froth, while Linux users befriend: Here’s a pretty funny story about a USA Today writer, Andrew Kantor, who penned a piece about the supercomputer at the University of Virgina that’s made out of G5 Macs. We’ve talked about this computer several times.
A Mac site took offense at his article stating:
Kantor’s insidious article is designed to accomplish some things that are not readily apparent during the first read. It has a purpose: to tell the vast amount of McPaper readers that Apple Macs aren’t for them, that Apple certainly deserves no credit for developing and offering very powerful computers and operating systems, and, subliminally and by defualt, that regular people want Intel and Windows.
That article prompted a stunning volume of mail to Mr. Kantor. Much of it not fit to print in a public venue. Kantor writes about the experience:
Mania can lead to unintentional humor, which you’ve got to appreciate when you’re wading through this sort of muck. I particularly liked the letters calling me a “lemming” for using a PC. Why were they funny? Because they were identical — cut-and-pasted from a site demanding that people write to me.
Here’s an example of what he got hit with:
Although I got some polite letters “correcting” me (my information was already correct), most were along the lines of what Mac user “gabeharville” wrote. His note had a subject of “you suck, you f——n little b——f—” and read simply, “F—K YOU, F—K YOUF—K YOUF—K YOUF—K…” And so on, for several more lines. I’ve added the dashes here; he didn’t.
I want a computer that I feel that strongly about. I just don’t feel the need to educate anyone about my PC to that extent.