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I'm not sure these forums are helping...

By mcswan454 ·
So I've read nearly everything, and yes, I've had my daily dose of comedy.

Apple manufactures hardware and software. They make phones. They make stuff. Microsoft, is a software company. They make stuff designed (sort of) to be run on a variety of appliances (PC's, etc.). I'm actualy going to edit this to include Linux, because it is also a fine computing environment.

I'm going to regret this, but as a computer professional who uses and recommends various products to clients (One size does NOT fit all), could SOMEONE tell me what the D**K-swinging contest is about?!?!

I loved my Apple II. Right after the school replaced the aging and outdated DEC pdp8 (.">

But it didn't take long for me to realize that IBM PC's had the floor. PLEASE understand some history before unleashing some of the attacks I expect.

And yes, I'm dating myself but that's ok.

What I ask is, will everyone -- AND I MEAN EVERYONE -- go do some research about the various companies, learn some of their histories, successes and catastrophic failures, then come back and have a civil discussion?

Say what you wish, but I fear some of "us" are not techs, not geeks, not real computer users for what they are designed to do.

I don't own an iPad, but I might. Don't own any other type of tablet... But I might. And as far as phones go? I?m sorry (Guys/Gals/Kids/Anyone else I didn?t include), I REALLY only use mine to place and receive calls.

I'm a tech (in the worst way) but I REFUSE to remain connected UNLESS IT PAYS THE BILLS! I like to sleep at night, and other things (my girlfriend being one of them, but this is a family show.) Being too-well connected MIGHT get me more money, but will absolutely destroy my health, my ability to engage with others, etc. Been there....

Do you feel you're accomplishing MORE now? Or, rather, HAVE you accomplished more? Honestly? So what matters?

See where this goes? "We are Borg. Resistance is futile."

Would you believe I still like face-to-face conversation? Would you believe I don't mind going out for dinner, drinks and a "Shoot-the s**t" with friends? I actually go to the library in the evenings to read (new concept here) BOOKS!!!

Yes, I teach also. So occasionally learning from the past my help my students in their future.

And phone texting?

Only if it's in an emergency, and somewhere where my voice would disturb others. (Why have it otherwise?)

In the rush to become "more connected", we've disconnected ourselves. And I'm going to let you in on a secret, which I hope some, even the bloggers, may take to heart:

Sometimes, you get what you deserve. Sometimes, you deserve what you get.

Now read it a second time.

(Sorry Steve, I had no choice, and you KNOW it! And Bill, let this Ballmer guy keep up his "s**t", I'll be on your back too.)

Read through the blogs, this becomes painfully clear. Read a newspaper, it becomes painfully clear.

As with my customers; my clients, I'll choose what I need based on the need, and whom best fills it.

Isn't that simple? Could you live with that, or shall you Google me, hunt me down, and make me pay for NOT choosing your brand?

But thanks again for the laughs... And you wonder why we're at WAR? We can't even hold a civil debate!


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You completely

by NexS In reply to RE: [i]Was once Borg, and ...

Ignored the point I made.
Had I have gone into detail, the point would have been lost in fantasticness.

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I hope this isn't ANYONE'S only frame of reference

by Juanita Marquez In reply to I'm not sure these forums ...

The "water cooler" experience has been discussed. Honestly, I never participated in the yakitude threads for the longest time, I simply picked up the tech stuff that I needed to learn about from articles and newsletters, digested it, compared it to additional reputable sites and trial and error, and made my decision on its usefulness.

Much like most products or experiences, techy or non, in life, one is wise to shop around for advice, user experience, take the fanboy/girl praise in stride, compare it to the antifanboy/girl criticisms, shake well, then come out with something close to the truth.

People are passionate about what they love or hate. Somewhere beyond fantasy perfection and abject mechanical horror is the reality of any given product.

I'm with you in that I'm not a slave to the tech; I like going home at night and not taking the job with me. I use my phone for texting, listening to music, surfing the web, number crunching and oh yeah, the occasional phone call. But TR serves all of us well in its own way, whether you are a user, a rabid geek, or something in the middle.

Stick around, I think you'll eventually like it here. We like smart people.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to I hope this isn't ANYONE' ...

My new word for the day! Thanks!

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AKA how to make Apotheon squirm

by Juanita Marquez In reply to 'Yakitude'

Stick around Palmetto, I use words and phrases that fly in the face of proper English that I find convenient. It can make some English straightrazors twitchy.

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lmao. ~nt~

by Jaqui In reply to AKA how to make Apotheon ...
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It's all in the context

by NickNielsen In reply to AKA how to make Apotheon ...

You use those words and phrases in clear enough context that I've never been unable to discern your meaning. Yakitude works perfectly where you used it.

But watch the punctuation. You don't want to be found wanting when santee goes hunting the wayward comma...

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by santeewelding In reply to It's all in the context


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here Nick

by Jaqui In reply to It's all in the context


some wayward commas for ya.

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Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

by NickNielsen In reply to I'm not sure these forums ...

Wait a minute! You want rational discussion? WHAT is wrong with you? We're geeks. OS is our religion. We choose for our customers based on the OS we worship. Anybody who chooses a different OS is [insert derogatory adjectives here].

If you want rational discussion, go to a religious website.


Sarcasm, of course, but not too far off the mark for some who frequent these discussions.

Excellent post, mcswan. I raise an elderly malt in your direction.

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if you

by Jaqui In reply to Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, w ...

spill it, we will have to hunt you down and kill you.

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