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One day, I will own a Mac

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Oh, how I have been so torn all these years. 
 
My public stance has always been that Macs are fine pieces of interior decor, but as far as practical computing goes, they amount to little more than very stylish paper-weights.  Let’s face it, the thought of owning a three thousand dollar piece of hardware that couldn’t even play games (outside of the faithful ports from Id Software and Blizzard, which have never been at the top of my gaming-life priority list) was, to put it mildly, a proverbial cold shower to my gaming mojo.
 
The best games are the slightly obscure ones, the ones which don’t become household names.  Thief: the Dark Project,  Planescape: Torment, Jagged Alliance 2, Fallout, Master of Magic.  These are the games that are masterpieces, on so many levels, but do not have the commercial success of more accesible games like Diablo, or Half-Life.  Consequently, these games don’t get ported to Macs.  Consequently, I don’t port to a Mac.
 
Also, I’ve never liked the idea of proprietary ANYTHING in the hardware world.  I will never buy an Hp, or a Compaq.  Pre-built computers leave me which a slick, grimy feeling, like I just robbed a senior citizen, kicked a puppy, and made fun of a blind kid.  I might someday buy a Dell.  Why?  Because they’re about half the price of a home-built system, and one of these years I’m going to get sick of paying a premium just to fan my ego by saying "yeah, that’s right, I BUILD my own computer!"  But overall, I choose run a machine out of generic parts.  To me, that’s just what good computing is all about.
 
And then, of course there is the teeny, weeny, little fact that my entire working career is tied up in Windows application development.  So, it sort of makes sense for me to have a Windows Pc at home.
 
Tie all those factors together (and a healthy dose of cyber-religious prejudice) and the odds never looked too good that I would ever buy a Mac.
 
That said, though, I have always secretly pined for the glorious styles, the subtle curves, the downright… dare I say… SEXY lines of Macintosh hardware.  Apple just does it right, and the only thing that shocks me about that is that they continue to do it right, year after year, generation after hardware generation.  The only thing that has ever managed to outshine the style and elegance of a Mac is the release of a new line of Macs.  There are great names in the PC case world:  Lian-Li, Antec, Thermaltake.  They all do good work, and yet all their products seem like dull, cheap toys next to the simple, esthetic style of a Mac.
 
Which leaves me to be very, very excited by this article I read today:
 
I don’t believe that the days of Windows and Macs coexisting peacefully, holding hands and singing Cumbaya, are upon us just yet.  I’m pretty sure that this Bootcamp software is still reserved for the world of the elite techo geeks among us (maybe five years ago I would have been up to it), but my days of being willing to spend evening after evening toiling with a dual boot system just so I can pull off ‘something cool’ are pretty much at an end.  I think buying a house hammered the last nail in that coffin.
 
However, I foresee the day when I will have a have a Mac sitting on my desk, proudly, as opposed to a custom pc in a silenced Antec Sonata case scrunched underneath my desk.  In days I want to get down to business, I’ll have Windows Xp (I’m sure it will be Vista by then).  On nights when I want to get down and funky, I’ll have OsX.  And housing all this power will be a piece that belongs in the livingroom, for everyone to marvel in its style, and my obvious good tastes.  (That is, if I ever had houseguests.  Well, at least the cats can marvel in its style and my good tastes.  They’re good like that).
 
Imagine, one day, all this style will be mine.
 
 
 

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April 6, 2006 at 10:41 pm