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Why I won’t have an iPod/iPhone/iPad…

Filed under: General — Charlie Summers @ 11:17 pm

For quite a while, I have threatened to publicly explain why I do not now have, and do not plan to own, an iPhone. I have explained it numerous times to folks who ask, and it’s starting to get a little old; the release of the new Apple iPad has brought all the questions back again, so I figured it was time to explain this publicly once and for all…after this, when someone asks me why I’m not leaping at the latest Apple product, I can just point them to this post.

A little background; for easily a decade, I was a huge Apple promoter. My earliest Macintosh is a 512k (still in the basement, and still worked the last time I fired it up), I owned the Mac Plus (which was tricked-out with all kinds of stuff, like an internal hard drive), SE/30 (which was tricked-out with all kinds of stuff like an external color monitor and processor upgrade), and the 7500 (ditto on processor upgrades and other internal doo-dads)…the Macintosh I still use routinely is the PowerMac G4, the last Macintosh built that can natively boot into Macintosh OS9. However, when the original System 10 was scrapped and replaced by the thin-shell of OSX layered on top of FreeBSD, I pretty much gave up on the Macintosh. (Oh, c’mon…I’ve been running FreeBSD and linux since the 386 processor. Why would I pay hundreds of dollars in premiums just to run a free operating system? Besides, the real advantage to the Macintosh operating system pre-X was the complete lack of a command line underlying it…since it was built from the ground-up as a graphical system, there was little way for any hostile application to hook into the system in the first place. OSX is just as vulnerable to viruses as any other *nix derivative being operated by a non-guru…that is, very.)

All of this is to say that there was a time when no one was more of an Apple advocate than I was, so you can’t accuse me of being one of those Apple-bashers. My reasons for avoiding the iPhone (and other Apple devices) isn’t based on an irrational dislike of the company…it is instead based on perfectly sensible reasons. To explain the main one, though, I need to temporarily create an alternate universe. Hey, it’s got to be better than the idiotic one being spoon-fed to us on Fringe…

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