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Why in the name of Hyperion’s left elbow would I buy a Mac when…

macpcMac users are always trying to get me to buy a Macintosh product. This alone is bizarre, as though Mac users are proselytizing members of some hardware architecture cult. I certainly don’t approach owners of other brand names trying to convince them that MY television, MY blu-ray player, MY surround-sound system, MY computer (or anything else) is better than theirs, thus they should switch — even if I’m thrilled with my own choice (as I am, for example, with my HDTV and blu-ray player). When someone comes to me for advice, I’m happy to recommend brands I like and caution against others. But by and large what others buy is their own business.

Why Mac users feel differently is beyond my comprehension.

In truth, I would love to own a Mac for no other reason than I could use Garage Band software. Macs, however, (for a lower-middle-class apartment dweller like myself) are cost-prohibitive. Furthermore, I’m a gamer, and Mac gamers have to wait anywhere from 6 months to 2 years for the release of content already available for windows.

I would still be tempted to buy a Mac if not for one thing:

My Ipod doesn’t work like it should.

To see why this doubly concerns me, you need to consider what an Ipod is: Nothing more than a (relatively) small hard drive with a basic operating system/application fit over the top to provide some user interface.

spec-vs-compIn other words, an Ipod is a very small, very simple computer.

It has less parts, no other programs, and doesn’t interact with any peripherals except those which simply duplicate what it’s transmitting. There aren’t multiple drives or power sources or partitians or cables. You don’t need to edit the registry or open a task manager or install additional applications or designate login information.

All things being equal, an Ipod should run easier and smoother than any computer known to man, because it is a simpler device. A single wheel is more likely to function correctly than a whole automobile. A lawnmower is easier to repair than a car. The simpler any object or system, the easier it is to run.

My Ipod is borked six ways from Sunday.

  • Navigating movies often freezes it after the first movie. Only a hard reset will allow me to continue navigating.
  • Sometimes, the Ipod refuses to turn off. It ceases responding to any buttons (including the combination for a hard reset) and the only way to turn it off are to let the batteries drain completely.
  • The Ipod will freeze Itunes during an attempt to sync with a computer.

Furthermore, all of the above problems have been true of at least three different kinds of Ipodmac-vs-pcfats I used, and with each installation of the Ipod and Itunes software each time.

When someone can’t create a working wagon, would you trust them to create a working automobile?

Furthermore, the “Mac vs. PC’ propoganda is hilarious. According to their various commercials and pictures, “PC”s are bloated, disfunctional, and crippled.

Do you know what “PC” stands for?

(P)ERSONAL (C)OMPUTER.

Do you know what a Macintiosh is?

A personal computer.

pcwiremessYou see, what they’re trying to say is that WINDOWS PCs are everything that is wrong with the world. But they can’t, because it isn’t true, and if they did they’d get sued (and rightfully so). So they keep the generic term now used to refer to Windows and Windows-compatible architecture, but the acronym simply means “personal computer”.

I guess Macs either aren’t personal or else they aren’t computers. Either way, I don’t want one until they can make an Ipod that works.

Let the readers choose.

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Perfect Justice: In the future, a device now allows you to experience someone’s memories as if they were happening to you. This has a special application in the criminal justice system, where convicts are now forced to relieve their worst atrocities, but this time as the victim. But what happens when an innocent man is convicted?

Second Chances: Bad luck seems to have a vendetta against Brian; he breaks his arm, then loses his job and then his girlfriend in quick succession, and eviction won’t be far behind. But a mysterious peddler on the streets of Chicago offers to sell Brian “souls”, and with them, the chance to revisit missed opportunities, giving Brian a strange new lease on life. (And of course the first few are free.)

The Dragon Thief: In a world where dragonriders make an elite air force, an enterprising thrillseeker astonishes his companions with a plan to steal the greatest of these beasts from under his government’s nose. “Gone in 60 Seconds” on the backs of dragons, but this time the vehicle itself can turn you in — or kill you.

Manifest Destiny: Two men and two women awake in a cell, wearing only numbered jumpsuits and lacking any memories of themselves or each other. It quickly becomes evident they are products of some experiment, but were they willing subjects or unwitting captives? Is it to their advantage or detriment? And once they find their patrons, how will they react?

Echoes of Prophecy: Marana, mysteriously pregnant after the death of Torell in a world now robbed of magic, must face the implications that come with her baby boy, an inevitable target for problematic hero worship and likewise assasination.

Which project should Jason tackle next?

  • Rewrite "Perfect Justice" (44%, 4 Votes)
  • Write "The Dragon Thief" (22%, 2 Votes)
  • Write "Second Chances" (11%, 1 Votes)
  • Write "Manifest Destiny" (11%, 1 Votes)
  • Write Chapter 2 of "Echoes of Prophecy" (11%, 1 Votes)

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