I was reading a post by Rob May on Business Pundit.com Switching to Mac is Great, originally titled Mac is a waste of time. In his post Rob outlines his experiences on the Mac after being a Windows user for many years. This post then generated quite a bit of criticism and hostility. The criticism lead him to update his post three times.
Now it sounds like Rob is a power Windows user, and mentions his PC has been running well, and that he hasn’t had a virus in over 5 years.
The following is a summary of the arguments he makes against switching to a Mac. I haven’t used a Mac for many years, but these seem like reasonable issues:
Three weeks into it, I would say that if you are considering it, don’t waste your time. It’s all bells and whistles, and functionally, they don’t offer any advantages over a PC . . .
For starters, they aren’t intuitive at all. Everything is graphics driven and Apple seems to want to avoid using text whenever possible . . .
The delete button is a misnomer, as it’s really just a backspace, and the machine runs 3x as hot as my Windows laptop . . .
People also talk about all the cool widgets for Macs, but I’ve used those through Konfabulator on Windows . . .
Rob’s final take on Macs:
So if you are contemplating a switch to Mac, I would say think carefully about whether or not you will really benefit. The downtime for me to learn a new operating system hasn’t been worth it. There are some benefits, like iMovie and a few other programs not available for PC, but overall, I would say that if you are an experienced Windows user with decent security precautions in place, save your time and your money and stick with a PC. Macs aren’t bad, they just aren’t any better than PCs.
Rob took a lot of criticism and hostility in his comments, and ended up updating and changing the name of the post. The final update:
UPDATE #3: Ok. Ok. I give up. Macs are wonderful. Anyone that doesn’t use them is an idiot. Bloggers should only post their opinions and experiences when they are pro-Mac. There is no such thing as anti-Mac because if you don’t like a Mac then the problem is with you, not with the Mac. Please please stop sending me email. I’ve changed the title of the post to be pro-mac.
Some of the hostile comments that lead to this final update:
surfergurl – you’re an idiot! mac has never had a mouse (did you really mean touch pad??) with two buttons — not because they wanted to be different but because there wasn’t a need for two button
Tom – Most of your comments are ridiculous. You couldn’t give the Mac 15 seconds to learn its differences from Windows? Wouldn’t a site called Businesspundit want to know the subject matter more before making a decisicion?
ratty – Rob, sir, you are an idiot of the highest order. Either this is pure FUD / Astroturfing of the first order or you are completely stupid. As Hey has already pointed out right clicking is built into the trackpad. I know that might be a bit hard from someone coming from a windows environment to get their head around as they don’t actually have those left and right buttons under the pad.
Canceled – I canceled the RSS subscription to your blog after reading this article. The byline alone seems short-sighted and invokes just the reactions you are complaining about getting in your updates. The article seriously lacks in professionalism and I don’t think just another blogger posting ranting opinions that are irresponsible, and have no investigative base is a waste of my time. I subscribed to your RSS feed for all of one week.
Don – Reading your drivel was a waste of time. Absolutely absurd.
Are just a sampling of some of the negative comments. Some comments were actually civil and helpful, but were overshadowed by the hostile comments:
Ben Smith – I completely disagree with your overall assessment of the Mac as someone who switched to it about 5 years ago. But you don’t have to like it, it’s a choice. But to answer one of your questions, you can use any two button usb or bluetooth mouse with the mac, so if that’s driving you a bit nutty, you can easily fix it.
Dave Gallagher – Ha ha! You wrote an honest post about Mac’s. Prepare to get highly opinionated hate and/or “you’re so stupid!” comments. 😉 I’m completely in agreement with you when it comes to the perception that “Mac’s are better.” It’s marketing hoopla, and they have their issues.
Evaluation of the Conversations Generated
Some comments accused Rob of being overly sensational, and just writing a post for link bait. I wrote in my post Sometimes the Conversation is a Slap in the Face, where I ask the following questions:
But these posts and comments make me wonder:
- Are these really adding to the conversation, or just being sensational?
- Is a point reached where the sensationalism of the post, overshadows the message?
Which leads me to the questions –
- Is this attacking criticism equivalent to a form of online bullying?
- Are these types of comments a blogging form of SPAM?
- Will these types of comments dissuade meaningful, constructive conversations in the future?
I am all for conversations being created, and I don’t think we have to all come to the same conclusion. I just don’t understand people getting so hostile in their reactions. In her post flaming vs. appreciative communication, Isabella Mori of Change Therapy outlines the different reasons that people are willing to be less civil using the cloak of anonymity.
I am not trying to focus on being overly politically correct, I think this can be almost as evil as being overly critical with no real constructive criticism. I think politically correctness, is the reverse side, of the pendulum swing, to brutal comments. I think the sweet spot is somewhere in between these two extremes.
Somehow I think Miss Manners would not approve.