Well, the gloves have really come off with Microsoft, haven’t they? It’s not the name-calling that bothers the Macalope, it’s all the lying. So let’s get it out! Let’s lay it all on the table! After all, that’s what’s healthy, right?
And fun, too.
No, you get over it
As Mac users, we’re often admonished to “get over” Microsoft, which is like telling Boston to “get over” the Yankees or Michigan to “get over” Ohio State when they still have to trot out and play them every year.
Microsoft seems to have latched onto the “Macs cost more for no reason!” meme like Madonna onto a baby. ZDNet’s Robin Harris, no knee-jerk Apple apologist he, runs some amusing if ultimately fruitless numbers that show that Microsoft’s no slouch in taking its cut. The real takeaway from Harris’s piece is this:
Steve Jobs’ Reality Distortion Field can mesmerize millions. Ballmer’s reality distortion field, alas, extends only to his ears.
As the kids say, “Zing.”
Why does the Macalope say the numbers are fruitless? Well, you can compare raw numbers all day long and not really get to the crux of the matter: what are you getting for your dollar? Apple detractors will point out ad naseum that someone, somewhere will literally give you a PC. And all you have to do is sign a long-term contract and do that thing with the goat that takes like three minutes, tops!
Well, great, but what are you left with after that? A no-name piece of plastic filled with cheap circuit boards and a social stigma that won’t wash away no matter how much antibacterial soap you use.
“You can buy a PC for $400, while the cheapest Mac is over a thousand,” says Jon Graff, director of IT operations at A&E. “In the real world, you’re spending a lot more on a Mac. People really need to show why they can’t get their work done on a PC.”
A Macworld editor kindly noted that Graff doesn’t know what he’s talking about since the Mac mini comes in at $600, well under the $1,000 bar.
But, hey, you know what’s even cheaper? Used PCs running Linux. Go get ‘em, corporate IT shops!
Despite the protestations of IT people like Graff, this is not about price. This is about making “safe” choices. For years enterprises have chosen—and let themselves get locked into—Windows because, yes, no one got fired for buying Microsoft.
But these companies also bought Microsoft because, like AIG, Microsoft simply seemed “too big to fail” and Apple did not. Well, that’s as may be, but there’s “fail as a company” and then there’s “fail to deliver”—and Microsoft has certainly failed to deliver.
So, congratulations, enterprises! You’re left holding the bag for an outdated desktop operating system bundled with a costly and uncertain path forward!
Seriously, if it were solely about price and choice, every company in the world would be running Linux. The next time the Macalope sees Tux at the Mythical Creatures Convention he’s going to tell him to look into premium schwag. Those corporate guys love that stuff.
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