Apple for dummies

Apple’s penetration of the geek market over the last five years or so has bugged me … for that long. It has been far longer than that since I’ve read a comp.*.advocacy threadflamewar, so stumbling upon Mark Pilgrim’s post on dumping Apple and its heated responses made me feel good and nostalgic.

Tim Bray (who does not b.s.) answers Time to Switch? affirmatively.

I hope this is the visible beginning of a trend and that in a few years most people who ought to know better will have replaced laptops sporting an annoying glowing corporate logo with ones sporting Ubuntu stickers.

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  1. rejon's blog says:

    Think Different. Apple. Boycott.

    Its has always amazed me how brainwashed people, aka consumers, get from purchasing products in the name of “good design” and “ease of use” when the companies they buy their products from harm the communities they take their cod…

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