At work, at least among the IT staff, I’m known as one of two Apple fiends. I’ve developed this reputation mostly because I own a Mac and I know how to use it. Most of the rest of the IT Staff- at least the members that have been around a while – have the 90s attitude towards Apple thinking it’s just a crappy cute competitor to PC. Of course since the advent of OS X in 2001 and the comeback of Steve Jobs, Apple has changed considerably.
So, realizing the changes and enjoying the usability of OS X, I’ve been accused of being a fanboy. While this may have been true briefly at various points, I wouldn’t say that it is true in general. I think OS X’s greatest virtue is its Unix base. Before various linux geeks I know explode, I do think linux and in particular Ubuntu is awesome, but it still lacks the polish and compatibility of OS X. As much as I want to support open source, there are still some closed source apps I consider irreplaceable, at least for now.
In general my perceived Apply fanboyism comes down to think Unix is cool and that OS X blends that with compatibility that other *nxs don’t have. I’m not here to start one of those Internet thread holy wars, but, as usual, I just want people to be reasonable and admit there are some good features to the Mac platform. There are certainly some bad ones too, and I won’t dispute that: vendor lock-in, lack of hardware compatibility, and required kool-aid drinking are serious issues. So, coming from your local Mac expert, be reasonable.