In his latest column for ZDNet’s Anchordesk, entitled
Mac voyeurs: All talk, no action, executive editor David Coursey muses on the phenomenon of “Mac Voyeurs.” They’re PC users who are interested in his recent use of a Macintosh.
Regardless of their interest in the Macintosh — sometimes even admitting it’s a good computer — these folks would never buy a Mac, said Coursey. “I suspect that for these people, the Apple Store would be adult entertainment,” he said.
Coursey admits to growing weary of telling “these Windows bigots” about the Mac, who he derides as suggesting that they display a herd mentality for their platform of choice. Coursey said, “I’d hate to push them into a non-conformity they just couldn’t handle.”
Regardless of his own rather sanguine experience as a Mac user these past few weeks, Coursey suggested that he hasn’t “become a Mac zealot,” and he said that he’s developed respect for the Macintosh both as a home computer and, with some tweaks to its networking capabilities, as a system that can work on a Windows network too. “I’ll keep saying that if more people were exposed to Macintosh, more people would buy one,” he said.
Mac Voyeurs, he said, aren’t interested in buying Macs because there’s less software. “But the real question is whether the apps you need — or acceptable alternatives — are available on Macintosh. And in most cases, for your typical home or office user, I think the answer is yes. And the apps are generally nice ones, too,” he said.