Basically, if you don't know anything about tech, and you don't want to know anything about tech, you buy an Apple product...;) So, at cocktail parties you can chime into to techie discussions and say, "I've goat a Mac," or "I've got an iPad," which is your price for admission to the immediate social grouping...;) In Apple-oriented groups, knowledge beyond that point is not required.
Everything you've said applies to Windows/PC folks as well. "I've got this Dell and it does everything I need. It's got McAfee for my securities and I can look at cats on the internets with Google Chrome. By the way, I use Google Chrome because I read on ZDNet that it's more secure than Internet Explorer. Microsoft can't do anything right, amirite?"
This fantasy that cocktail parties involve people pretending to care about PC vs Mac is rich, btw. Don't know what parties you're attending...
Here's why I choose Apple hardware as a senior technology professional that's been doing this shit far too long:
1 - Build quality.
2 - BSD roots. dig, SSH, tcpdump, screen, NFS, etc.
3 - SSH server/VNC server built in.
4 - iCloud integration
5 - crashes are localized and don't drop the entire system
6 - network features are WAY more robust than what's available in Windows
7 - Python and Ruby preinstalled -- and WORKING
8 - Powerful and free IDE
9 - Stability
If I need Windows, I'll install it in VMware Fusion. Right now, my only holdback to the Windows world is Visio and the server toolkit
Where do you get this feeling of superiority? Explain it to me. Is it a cost vs performance thing? Distance for the dollar or some such neckbeard bullshit?
You'll spend $599 on a video card but fuck that coffee shop hipster who just spent $1500 on an ultraportable laptop that has no viable Windows peer. He's an asshole who bought it for status and wouldn't know REAL technology if it punched in the face, right!?
Never mind the fact that the coffee shop hipster swilling an overpriced $3 cup of drip may in fact be a senior technology professional taking care of a client emergency in a location that has stable wifi (and that hipster understands that Starbucks is among the few that allow IPSEC NAT traversal). We can't assume that the same guy who would spend $3 on coffee might actually know a thing or two about technology and which conveniently located public establishments have solid internet access, because that's just absurd.
Do you really fret over $3 cups of coffee? I remember when I had to nitpick over $3 expenses. It was when I worked the produce counter at Houchens to have after-school fun money. If that describes you, then sure I can understand why you don't like Apple products.
iOS? Lol...;) The answer is "get yourself a computer" and join the grown-up world and you'll have all of the choice you could want in everything, browsers, software, hardware (unless you buy a Mac, but that's another story.) IMO, anyone who restricts his web browsing to a friggin' cell-phone deserves all the "Safari" he's gonna' get...;)
Your point above is about iOS. I agree with you there.
It's a toy, useful for browsing reddit on the shitter or reading an e-book on the patio. But an iPhone is a fun toy to have in my pocket that gets email, directions, and doesn't look like a Japanese space-brick primed to go to deep orbit of Eridaneus IV. Btw, in your grown up world (I'm assuming your grown up decision is Android, right?), you lack universal full device encryption support so really, it's not a grown up world at all but rather a toy that can't be trusted with sensitive data.
That aside, I generally agree with you that iOS is a toy... but then you go and drag the Mac into it.
So, really? Safari, Firefox, and Chrome all work beautifully under OS X. I have an easier time getting WebEx working on a Mac than I ever had on any Windows machine. What are you doing in a web browser nowadays that requires you use a Windows version of anything?
Productivity tools. Office for Mac is strong. SharePoint integration is 100%. Outlook 2014 is now equivalent to the Windows client. Developing .NET apps? I can make that work, or I can install a VM with Visual Studio.
My only complaint is that OmniGraffle does a good job trying to duplicate Visio, but it's not there yet.
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I get it. It's cool to hate Apple.
But you're a fucking retard if you think the only people buying Mac hardware are coffee house hipsters more concerned about their Tumblr than holding a respectable job.
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