An excellent summary fromabout his independence from Apple.
I totally agree with Joe's rationale for avoiding Apple although I'm not going to abandon the existing Macbooks and iPods in my household. As Joe describes, Apple's method has always been about copying/stealing ideas that were pioneered by others (with the possible exception of Apple 1/2 and the Newton) and then refining and editing to create a superior user experience.
From the original 1984 Mac to the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad each product was done before. What Apple has done is no doubt extremely important to bring new technology to the masses. But that doesn't give them the right to try create a technology monoculture.
As we learned from our collective experience with Windows security problems monocultures are ALWAYS a bad thing.
I will continue using the products I have, but I'm not spending any more money on Apple.
I declare independence from Apple
Since December 1998, when on impulse I bought the original iMac from CompUSA, I've used Apple gear. No longer. Late yesterday, I replaced the last fruit-logo with another, fulfilling my pledge nearly …
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