Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Shouldn't we make our choices based on facts and not words ?

We live in a world in which we "love to hate" certain companies - that is OK, but what is not OK is to somehow assume that anything that competes with one of the things that we dislike is automatically "perfect"!

The best example is Microsoft - most people have strong feelings against them - but that does not automatically make every overpriced gizmo made by Apple the "best choice" - the dangerous myth of total OSX safety was busted, their servers are being hacked and the MacBookPro so far was proven an overpriced, overheating, noisy (whining?) piece of junk, yet somehow the media is full of bullsh*t on how Apple will kill Microsoft ! Oh, and let's not forget - the Microsoft monopoly is bad but the iTunes one is good ?

A special word must be said about the open-source competitors - I do respect those a LOT more than certain overhyped companies that love to burn their customers, but again we should also avoid thinking that everything GPL is automatically perfect - Firefox has only now fixed a list of problems almost as long as the entire 2005 Internet Explorer bug list and no Linux distribution was ever able to suspend and resume on my Dell X300 - yet somehow if you dare raising such obvious problems you are doomed - the Linux zealots are second only to the MacFans :)

And my favorite for this week - Google - which has basically almost a monopoly on its own yet in the last 5 years the quality of their search results was just constantly going down - is now whining that IE7 will not use them as the default search engine !

So - shouldn't we make our choices based on facts and not words ?


Blogger jalabi99 said...

I agree with you: we should all make our choices based on facts, and not words, or emotions. And that includes you. You tend to deride other people's positive Apple obsession while simultaneously revealing your own negative Apple obsession.

To use only one example: you call iTunes a "monopoly". It is not. True, it is the most successful music service right now, but in no way can it be compared to the monopoly that Microsoft has on the desktop. And it isn't just me that says that Microsoft is a monopoly: the U.S. federal government and the European Union both say so, too.

Please note that I use both MSFT products and AAPL products, and that I have no shareholding in either company. I also like telling it like it is.

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