I received an email with a news feed from a website where the question was being asked, "Are Macs overpriced?" I thought I would subject my cynical self to the firing line of Apple fanatics and interject my observations on the site. I find it amusing that the people making the case for Apple being a great value all had some association with Apple in their bio byline.
One of the comments stated that, "Most of the answers here are from users of Apple products, many of whom were previous Microsoft users." I'm not sure how that validates their comments? If they switched from Microsoft to Apple, I would expect their opinion to be somewhat biased toward Apple.
One person who said that Apple products were worth the extra money based on his experience that he described as follows. "Not one single Windows based PC or laptop I ever owned or worked with could go even a week without some issue cropping up. Especially if it was not shut down every night." The phrase "Windows based PC" could mean a wide variety of hardware or software combinations, it needs to be qualified. Likewise comments like "some issue cropping up" could mean almost anything. Once again I am not sure how those comments validates the opinion that Macs should cost more than Windows based computers.
I've seen people go off on tangents in advice forums on the concept of anecdotal evidence being given is worthless based on a single users experience. That's a good point. That's why I usually try to give answers that are framed by some context of my experience, and why I feel the way I do. My experiences are based on 35 years of working with desktop computers as a field service technician and a systems administrator.
I worked on CP/M based microcomputers in the early 1980s before DOS was the popular standard for desktops. I worked with Novell network operating systems for years before I started working with Microsoft network operating systems. Working for various school districts and educational institutions over the years I have worked on a variety of different Apple products. My first experience with Apple products was with the Apple IIe used in schools back in the early 1980s. Back then I did maintenance and repair on Apple products as well as Commodore. Anyone remember Commodore?
While many people spent the summer looking for lost episodes of the walking dead, I immersed myself into the lost episodes of geek history.
I have been downloading and watching videos on the early days of computers and the internet from the Internet Archive (Archive.org), a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to a wide variety of information. The the Doug Engelbart Institute has the outline of the two day Vannevar Bush Symposium on their website which includes links to the video archives from the 1995 event available online at the Internet Archive. The Vannevar Bush Symposium in 1995 was the ultimate geek convention. I know not everyone is going to run to the Internet Archive to download the 1995 Vannevar Bush Symposium, but I hope by discussing the event at GeekHistory it will stir up some thoughts to make a few people want to learn more.
I have watched dozens of YouTube videos on famous geeks. I am fascinated by the inventions and innovations from the modern industrial era in America. It is amusing the myths and misinformation surrounding various inventors and inventions, most notably the famous inventor Thomas Edison.
Vacation road trips explore GeekHistory
Earlier this year we visited the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. One of the exhibits allows you to interact with inventor George Westinghouse and ask him questions about his many achievements including his rivalry with Thomas Edison. The exhibit stirred up many thoughts and a renewed interest in the myths and legends surrounding Thomas Edison.