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Partizan
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The first Apple I used (apart from the II series) was the apple lisa (forerunner of mac) and then spent a lot of time selling pc/macs to the business sector. It is from these times that I grew to dislike the company.
Back in those days you had to rely on apple for everything, and I mean everything. Even the opsystem was closed to users.
At the time the mac was still monochrome where as the PC had 16 colours. The mac had a gui and the PC had dos.
Music was done on ataris and graphics on the amiga. PC/Mac were only for business.
By the time the amiga had reached the end of its life the PC was ready to move to as the gui and other software had caught up. It is the case that many long time computer users (zx80/81, spectrum, vic20, c64, bbc, oric, appleII and so on) have moved to PC platforms and not apple.
Lets use a metaphor.
We buy a toolkit for £1000
If the toolkit were PC brand we could use it on anything. the tools would be many and varied although quality may suffer on some items. The kit would be up to most tasks we ask of it.
If the toolkit were Apple brand we would only be able to use it with apple products. we would have a few specific tools of high quality and would get a lot of star screwdrivers that we never use but look good. The best bit of the kit would be the toolbag as it looks sooooh coool!
I have about 8 handheld devices that interface with my PC. Only 2 of them can be hooked to a mac!
I have heard many driver installation tales on the PC. This is down to poor 3rd party coding or poor user understanding of computers.
I have had minimal driver issues and also help many ppl with driver problems (have a PC sitting here now for some tlc) as the people just don't understand the computer they are using.
The mac is better for this type of person. a person with little or no computer knowledge or a failure to understand computers. The only problem here is that the people wont learn from the enviroment created by apple. they will be surrounded by blissful ignorance of the tool they are using. This is never a good thing.

You might ask yourself. What has my computer taught me?
I learnt more about hardware and software and how it all works from using zx81/vic20 computers. I taught myself assembly languge on the vic20 while my schoolmates were learning basic on the schools z80.
On the Amiga500 I first hooked my comp to the phoneline (compuserve I think) and had many a good online experience and learnt many things.
On the PC I have continued to learn new things about computing all of the time.
I feel that if I would have gone with Apple I would have lost out on a large part of my self education. I would be an expert at operating applications but little else!
"You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus."
- Mark Twain
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