Are You an Apple Fanboy?

You know exactly who I’m talking about, don’t you? Fanboys are those people who swear that one manufacturer or another is better than everyone else. They will argue until they are blue in the face, claiming that nothing can possibly come close to being as good as their beloved company and its products. I have witnessed some ludicrous statements in my time coming from fanboys, but none as bad as the one directed at me on Wednesday – from an Apple fanboy!

All afternoon, I experienced repeated and random outages from my Comcast connection. I was busy on Twitter talking with a representative that was helping me to solve the issue. It was obvious from the tweets flying through my stream that the issue was indeed Comcast’s fault, and they were able to get everything squared away by late afternoon.

A few hours later, I was attempting to upload a video to YouTube for my boss. Keep in mind I had been attempting to do this all day already, and it would repeatedly fail due to the Internet connection issues I had had. With Comcast up and stable, I mistakenly thought that I could finally get some work done.

Wrong! YouTube decided to choose that particular time to take that feature away to perform some type of maintenance on it. You have to be kidding me!! I headed back to Twitter to vent my frustration, and that’s when the fanboy hit. Within about thirty seconds of my tweet hitting the airwaves, I received the following back:

Geez, Kat. You wouldn’t keep having these issues if you would use a Mac instead of that stupid Windows machine of yours!

I am not making this up. This kid honestly told me that the issues with Comcast dropping packets everywhere, as well as YouTube’s site maintenance, were 100% the fault of my Windows computer. I had no idea that Microsoft was that powerful, did you?

Things like this are what coined the label “fanboy” to begin with, and why so many of us shudder every time we talk to one. This kid is so wrapped up in his love for his Mac that his mind is completely closed. He has no real sense of what works in this World, beyond what he sees on his own desk. He doesn’t care that there are just as many issues with a Mac as there can be on a Windows box. They may be different issues, but they are there, nonetheless.

Please tell me none of you are fanboys! If you are, I may just have to throw popcorn at you, and then attempt to un-brainwash you!

  • Brian Garrett

    I'm a Mac fanboy... sometimes it's just fun to push the Windows-folks buttons. Don't tell me you've never done that? 😀

  • Brian Garrett

    I'm a Mac fanboy... sometimes it's just fun to push the Windows-folks buttons. Don't tell me you've never done that? 😀

  • Kat

    Actually no, I haven't. I truly do believe that everyone should be entitled to use - and love - whatever they choose, without my opinions pushed on them. Don't get me wrong, I love a good debate! But to try and claim that something is better than everything else is just closed-minded, in my opinion.

    Maybe it's my age showing, but there you have it. 😉

  • Kat

    Actually no, I haven't. I truly do believe that everyone should be entitled to use - and love - whatever they choose, without my opinions pushed on them. Don't get me wrong, I love a good debate! But to try and claim that something is better than everything else is just closed-minded, in my opinion.

    Maybe it's my age showing, but there you have it. 😉

  • Brian Garrett

    Even if it's just teasing? Heck - I'm 41 and sometimes it's fun to be silly about what the source of the problem is... heck, I don't even limit it to just the computer stuff. 😀

  • Brian Garrett

    Even if it's just teasing? Heck - I'm 41 and sometimes it's fun to be silly about what the source of the problem is... heck, I don't even limit it to just the computer stuff. 😀

  • Eclipsed

    I myself don't have a problem with anything Apple. I believe that everybody should use the technology that they are comfortable with - Mac or Windows. But what ticks me off is the way people make comments like the one you came across. Maybe it is just because I am on the windows side of things but I only hear that kind of comment coming from Mac users. It kind of insults me because I keep my Windows computer running better than most Macs I have seen. I think it is this type of fanboyism that makes me not care for Mac. I find it kind of offensive because a lot of it isn't based in reality.

    • booker

      Here's a dose of reality eclipsed, you keep your windows computer runs better than MOSTS MACS you've SEEN, not "TRIED". How did you actually decide what's "BETTER"?

  • Eclipsed

    I myself don't have a problem with anything Apple. I believe that everybody should use the technology that they are comfortable with - Mac or Windows. But what ticks me off is the way people make comments like the one you came across. Maybe it is just because I am on the windows side of things but I only hear that kind of comment coming from Mac users. It kind of insults me because I keep my Windows computer running better than most Macs I have seen. I think it is this type of fanboyism that makes me not care for Mac. I find it kind of offensive because a lot of it isn't based in reality.

  • Nick

    I guess they believe being an idiot is funny.

  • Nick

    I guess they believe being an idiot is funny.

  • mike

    I love when fan boys make outrageous statements like you said. They will make statements like, PC's will randomly shutdown.

  • mike

    I love when fan boys make outrageous statements like you said. They will make statements like, PC's will randomly shutdown.

  • Brian Garrett

    Eclipsed - who is the "you" you are referring to? Just curious.

  • Brian Garrett

    Eclipsed - who is the "you" you are referring to? Just curious.

  • Eclipsed

    I was referring to the comment Kat received.

  • Eclipsed

    I was referring to the comment Kat received.

  • SpaceInvader75

    Well I would never be an Apple fanboy because I think they are overpriced! lol

  • SpaceInvader75

    Well I would never be an Apple fanboy because I think they are overpriced! lol

  • I use whatever product that I think is best. I always have one argument for the apple fanboys that they have never been able to debunk. That is with my PC I can at least replace my own hard drive when it goes bad. That is why I have never bought a Mac I own a ipod it is a great product. I hate it that when it dies in a few years I have to replace it because I can not change the battery but it is a good mp3 player.

  • I use whatever product that I think is best. I always have one argument for the apple fanboys that they have never been able to debunk. That is with my PC I can at least replace my own hard drive when it goes bad. That is why I have never bought a Mac I own a ipod it is a great product. I hate it that when it dies in a few years I have to replace it because I can not change the battery but it is a good mp3 player.

  • Brian Garrett

    tuxmaster - that's a really lame argument. Replacing a hard drive in a Mac is almost as easy, if not easier than on a PC. On the MacPros you just open the side door and the drives slide right out without any tools.

    Laptops aren't any harder than on most PC laptops. Instructions for replacing the hard drive in an iPod (at least the hard drive versions - I haven't looked for the others) is readily available on the Internet (there's that things called "Google")....

    The only system I can think of that comes close to supporting that argument is an iMac - but then again, Google hard drive replacement in iMac and up comes links to videos, documentation and detailed instructions.

    I recently had to backup my in-laws hard drive on their HP Pavilion because the system wouldn't boot at all and I needed to backup their data before reinstalling Windows. HP was so very close to having their system done right. Pop off the front cover and slide the drive out the front. Oh - one minor problem, the plastic cover for the USB/Firewire bay extended down over the front of the hard drive bay preventing it from just sliding out.... it was almost as if the guy that designed the front cover missed the meeting on how the drive was supposed to come out.

    Oh - and just to show you I'm not all roses and daffodils, the screw locations for the expansion cards in the MacPros is in the absolute most crappy spot. It's damned near impossible to get a Philips screwdriver in there to loosen or tighten the retaining screw... 😀

  • Brian Garrett

    tuxmaster - that's a really lame argument. Replacing a hard drive in a Mac is almost as easy, if not easier than on a PC. On the MacPros you just open the side door and the drives slide right out without any tools.

    Laptops aren't any harder than on most PC laptops. Instructions for replacing the hard drive in an iPod (at least the hard drive versions - I haven't looked for the others) is readily available on the Internet (there's that things called "Google")....

    The only system I can think of that comes close to supporting that argument is an iMac - but then again, Google hard drive replacement in iMac and up comes links to videos, documentation and detailed instructions.

    I recently had to backup my in-laws hard drive on their HP Pavilion because the system wouldn't boot at all and I needed to backup their data before reinstalling Windows. HP was so very close to having their system done right. Pop off the front cover and slide the drive out the front. Oh - one minor problem, the plastic cover for the USB/Firewire bay extended down over the front of the hard drive bay preventing it from just sliding out.... it was almost as if the guy that designed the front cover missed the meeting on how the drive was supposed to come out.

    Oh - and just to show you I'm not all roses and daffodils, the screw locations for the expansion cards in the MacPros is in the absolute most crappy spot. It's damned near impossible to get a Philips screwdriver in there to loosen or tighten the retaining screw... 😀

  • tuxmaster

    Brian Garrett, You have to relize how long I have been in the industy and how I have watch Apple make that mistake time and time and time again with their systems on not allowing me to modify my hardware either baed on policy or based upon physical restrictions.

    In general Apple wants to control the experance a bit too much control in my opinion for me to let go. Again I use whatever product I think is best.

    All operating systems are equaly bad.

  • tuxmaster

    Brian Garrett, You have to relize how long I have been in the industy and how I have watch Apple make that mistake time and time and time again with their systems on not allowing me to modify my hardware either baed on policy or based upon physical restrictions.

    In general Apple wants to control the experance a bit too much control in my opinion for me to let go. Again I use whatever product I think is best.

    All operating systems are equaly bad.

  • Lindsey

    There's another fan boy there (points to Brian Garrett)

    Oh well. We all have our opinions. Mine's on the PC side.

  • Lindsey

    There's another fan boy there (points to Brian Garrett)

    Oh well. We all have our opinions. Mine's on the PC side.

  • Brian Garrett

    ::::looks around for where Lindsey is pointing:::: oh wait - that's me. yup.

    (weird that I posted a response to tuxes last posting and it didn't appear)....

  • Brian Garrett

    ::::looks around for where Lindsey is pointing:::: oh wait - that's me. yup.

    (weird that I posted a response to tuxes last posting and it didn't appear)....

  • John

    This brings back a lot of memories of when I was an Atari ST enthusiast. Before the industry settled out, there was a lot of competition between PC, Mac, Atari, Amiga and a few others.

    Looking back, I think it might have been best for all the minority computer enthusiasts to band together as a PC alternative rather than pick at each other.

    In the end, Apple tried to pick up the Atari folks when Atari went belly-up, but after battling with a minority computer so long, I wasn't willing to be off mainstream again.

    I think people use what they are comfortable with. I stick with Volkswagens because I am familiar with the technology, so I don't have to research something new when I need to work on the car. I think in a similar manner Apple folks are comfortable with their knowledge and experience, as are Linux people, and etc. Whatever technology you use, you have issues to deal with, and you have learned how to deal with them, so you are comfortable with them. So stories of unfamiliar problems on other technologies make it sound like the other technology is a hassle.

    There is also a social stratification issue when dealing with Mac. Reading Stever Wozniak's site, I see that Mac folks are happy with the general superior manufacturing quality of their hardware. I think anyone in manufacturing would agree, and even the general public can see the fine fit and finish of Apple products. I can accept that there are nicer things in the world that I can't afford to own, just as I can't afford a Mercedes or BMW, though I can appreciate the fine work they represent.

    Of course, the blind fanaticism that yields the kind of comments that instigated this post is simply ignorance. CNET is carrying an interesting article with interviews from top IT experts with their opinion on Mac vs PC. The consensus seems to be that these days Microsoft and Apple are both excellent companies with excellent products, but both have issues. I think it is a step up for Microsoft as they have been justifiably bashed for mediocre work for a long time, but with Windows 7, they seem to have gotten it right, and as the article indicates, they have taken their responsibilities seriously and spent a lot of money on security experts.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10444561-245.html

  • John

    This brings back a lot of memories of when I was an Atari ST enthusiast. Before the industry settled out, there was a lot of competition between PC, Mac, Atari, Amiga and a few others.

    Looking back, I think it might have been best for all the minority computer enthusiasts to band together as a PC alternative rather than pick at each other.

    In the end, Apple tried to pick up the Atari folks when Atari went belly-up, but after battling with a minority computer so long, I wasn't willing to be off mainstream again.

    I think people use what they are comfortable with. I stick with Volkswagens because I am familiar with the technology, so I don't have to research something new when I need to work on the car. I think in a similar manner Apple folks are comfortable with their knowledge and experience, as are Linux people, and etc. Whatever technology you use, you have issues to deal with, and you have learned how to deal with them, so you are comfortable with them. So stories of unfamiliar problems on other technologies make it sound like the other technology is a hassle.

    There is also a social stratification issue when dealing with Mac. Reading Stever Wozniak's site, I see that Mac folks are happy with the general superior manufacturing quality of their hardware. I think anyone in manufacturing would agree, and even the general public can see the fine fit and finish of Apple products. I can accept that there are nicer things in the world that I can't afford to own, just as I can't afford a Mercedes or BMW, though I can appreciate the fine work they represent.

    Of course, the blind fanaticism that yields the kind of comments that instigated this post is simply ignorance. CNET is carrying an interesting article with interviews from top IT experts with their opinion on Mac vs PC. The consensus seems to be that these days Microsoft and Apple are both excellent companies with excellent products, but both have issues. I think it is a step up for Microsoft as they have been justifiably bashed for mediocre work for a long time, but with Windows 7, they seem to have gotten it right, and as the article indicates, they have taken their responsibilities seriously and spent a lot of money on security experts.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10444561-245.html

  • Brian Garrett

    John - I think you've got it about right.

    I agree Windows 7's fit and finish is very good. I've been using it here and there and while MS has done the usual of moving stuff around for the sake of moving it, the overall product is solid, and there are definitely good reasons why it's much more stable.

    Now, if you want to talk fanatics. Those darn Amiga people... sheesh. They still keep telling me there's going to be a comeback.

    Brian

  • Brian Garrett

    John - I think you've got it about right.

    I agree Windows 7's fit and finish is very good. I've been using it here and there and while MS has done the usual of moving stuff around for the sake of moving it, the overall product is solid, and there are definitely good reasons why it's much more stable.

    Now, if you want to talk fanatics. Those darn Amiga people... sheesh. They still keep telling me there's going to be a comeback.

    Brian

  • Noah

    It's a funny thing, how wrapped up people get in company vs. company. Almost as if they were working for these people themselves, or perhaps sons and daughters of Mr. Jobs, or Mr. Gates.

    What it really boils down to is, they love the name, or the unique identity they feel they derive from using purely the name. It's something that's been going on for ages.

    First it was probably Linux, there has always, at least to me, seemed to be an attitude Linux users carry when it comes to Windows. How, they're so awesome because they use Linux, like they're true Technology Fans because of it.

    Now instead of Linux it's Apple, not that Apple and Microsoft haven't always had a what I would hope is a friendly rivalry, it's just that now Apple has once again stepped in to the lime-light, by making it's computers much more laymen friendly. People hate windows, because of how big it is, and how mainstream and every day it's become. No different than your friend that stops listening to a band because they've become 'too popular.' Please, give me a break.

    I'm a fan of both companies, their products and software, even a fan of Linux. I suppose what it boils down to is, I'm really a fan of technology, I don't particularly care who it comes from, they all have their good points.

    -N.

  • Noah

    It's a funny thing, how wrapped up people get in company vs. company. Almost as if they were working for these people themselves, or perhaps sons and daughters of Mr. Jobs, or Mr. Gates.

    What it really boils down to is, they love the name, or the unique identity they feel they derive from using purely the name. It's something that's been going on for ages.

    First it was probably Linux, there has always, at least to me, seemed to be an attitude Linux users carry when it comes to Windows. How, they're so awesome because they use Linux, like they're true Technology Fans because of it.

    Now instead of Linux it's Apple, not that Apple and Microsoft haven't always had a what I would hope is a friendly rivalry, it's just that now Apple has once again stepped in to the lime-light, by making it's computers much more laymen friendly. People hate windows, because of how big it is, and how mainstream and every day it's become. No different than your friend that stops listening to a band because they've become 'too popular.' Please, give me a break.

    I'm a fan of both companies, their products and software, even a fan of Linux. I suppose what it boils down to is, I'm really a fan of technology, I don't particularly care who it comes from, they all have their good points.

    -N.

  • arekdaset

    This "fanboy" obviously does not understand NETWORKING. I am an owner of a MAC but also keep my PC (Windows 98, 2000 and XP preferably.) Mac or PC it doesn't matter no man is perfect to create a perfect machine. It's about the NETWORK not the machine. I am a big fan of MAC but there are somethings that I couldn't get done on a MAC that I could do on a PC. For example, FREE SOFTWARE! This market is a PC market and this is where your going to make your money repairing, troubleshooting, installations, upgrades, etc.. Can't bite the hand that feeds you.

    I have not experienced to many problems with my MAC, which I am glad for, but it's all about system maintenance. It's like your woman, if you don't take care of her than she's going to leave you right? Same thing with your PC or MAC if you don't take care of it than your going to get left.

    This has nothing to do with MAC or PC it has to do with Networks and great techs.

    This "fanboy" is lame.

    • booker

      aren't MAC can be a PC? Just curious... 🙂

  • arekdaset

    This "fanboy" obviously does not understand NETWORKING. I am an owner of a MAC but also keep my PC (Windows 98, 2000 and XP preferably.) Mac or PC it doesn't matter no man is perfect to create a perfect machine. It's about the NETWORK not the machine. I am a big fan of MAC but there are somethings that I couldn't get done on a MAC that I could do on a PC. For example, FREE SOFTWARE! This market is a PC market and this is where your going to make your money repairing, troubleshooting, installations, upgrades, etc.. Can't bite the hand that feeds you.

    I have not experienced to many problems with my MAC, which I am glad for, but it's all about system maintenance. It's like your woman, if you don't take care of her than she's going to leave you right? Same thing with your PC or MAC if you don't take care of it than your going to get left.

    This has nothing to do with MAC or PC it has to do with Networks and great techs.

    This "fanboy" is lame.

  • matthew

    I don't like macs. I don't have enough control of the settings as I would like and there is a lot less software available and most of the websites are based off windows programing.

  • matthew

    I don't like macs. I don't have enough control of the settings as I would like and there is a lot less software available and most of the websites are based off windows programing.

  • Brian

    Nice generalities there Matthew....

  • Brian

    Nice generalities there Matthew....

  • Alistair

    neither Apple or Windows can hold a candle to Amiga, workbench was the best operating system there was. If only they had continued.

  • Alistair

    neither Apple or Windows can hold a candle to Amiga, workbench was the best operating system there was. If only they had continued.

  • Ianthe

    If you wrote this article to avoid fanboys--->fail! You are obviously annoyed by them. This article works like a magnet. They are everywhere!!!! I agree with you though.

  • Ianthe

    If you wrote this article to avoid fanboys--->fail! You are obviously annoyed by them. This article works like a magnet. They are everywhere!!!! I agree with you though.

  • zelozelos

    I believe thers a tool for every job. This applies to computing as well as which hammer you use to smash it in. Everyone should try and spend some time out of their box and into someone elses. How else would we know which one works best for us and the job needed to be done? I've found that most users tend to stick to what they know. Pc users tend to stick to pc's and mac users tend to stick with apple.

    • booker

      another confusion. If i am a MACPro user, didn't I belong to pc users as well? Just curious...

  • zelozelos

    I believe thers a tool for every job. This applies to computing as well as which hammer you use to smash it in. Everyone should try and spend some time out of their box and into someone elses. How else would we know which one works best for us and the job needed to be done? I've found that most users tend to stick to what they know. Pc users tend to stick to pc's and mac users tend to stick with apple.

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  • james

    this sounds really gay...

  • james

    this sounds really gay...

  • If you stupid enough to buy that waste, you better hide yousself.
    My beastieBSD runs a lot better than any Mactureen. So good that Steve jobs was hijacking its code for his funny TureenOS! Last good Mac was Lisa!!!!

  • If you stupid enough to buy that waste, you better hide yousself.
    My beastieBSD runs a lot better than any Mactureen. So good that Steve jobs was hijacking its code for his funny TureenOS! Last good Mac was Lisa!!!!

  • Mr Guy

    I find that mac users are usually just very opinionated towareds others. Till something goes wrong with the mac. Also most of the idiots that buy one (IMAC=I stands for idiot) dont know how to use them. For one moment if you buy anything including the rediculously large 56" tv please open the freaking users manual. Otherwise dont ask others or blame your provider of services that its their fault. Read and then you will know

  • Mr Guy

    I find that mac users are usually just very opinionated towareds others. Till something goes wrong with the mac. Also most of the idiots that buy one (IMAC=I stands for idiot) dont know how to use them. For one moment if you buy anything including the rediculously large 56" tv please open the freaking users manual. Otherwise dont ask others or blame your provider of services that its their fault. Read and then you will know

  • i love apple but i use windows too 😀 ,but mostly i like their ipods

  • Kimsiuharkhar

    iPods = pocket ripping mp3 player, which most phones are already
    iPhone = successful branding with a crazy price tag with lots of regulations in using it. Thank you U.S Government for pawning their monopolism.
    Macs = can't find any programs that is simple n free to work with them. in fact can't even find windows live messenger when i'm stuck with it for 3 days, died hard