[nSLUG] Re: MacOS was: Dell Inspiron 1525N w/ Ubuntu 8.04?

Mike Spencer mspencer at tallships.ca
Thu Aug 14 14:26:21 ADT 2008

> MacOS is fine as long as you don't mind limiting yourself to the
> "Apple Way."

Just an anecdote:

I borrowed an Apple ][ (sic) in 1980, my first computer "experience"
since 1964 and punch cards.  I was sold but I couldn't afford my own
just then.

Soon thereafter, Apple was ballyhooing the Mac so I borrowed a Mac for
a week, then went into the Apple Store and had a look:

    Me: So, how do you program it?

    AppleGuy:  What do you want to do?

    Me: Well, I want to write programs for it.

    AG: Yes, but what do you want to *do*?

    Me: Program? You know?  Like, write a program that the machine will

    AG: But what do you want to do?

       [Rinse & repeat ad naus.]

Never did get him to tell me how you program a Mac.  A bit later, from
a different source, I learned that you could buy a "programmer's
switch", a piece of plastic that you stuck into a hole on the back of
the machine where it presses against an already-present switch and
does $SOMETHING allowing you to, in some sense, "program". You also
needed a "application developer's kit", two or three hundred bucks
(early 80s $$) worth of Apple-proprietary disks.

This (to me, then) incredible horseshit caused me to permanently write
off Apple as part of Them, not Us and certainly not Me. Recent cries of
Unix-Under-The-Hood sounded great when I first heard about it but,
AFAICT, it's still wrapped in the same arrogance and hubris as
refelcted in the above anecdote.

    We offer you a Perfect World. Just as long as you stay inside the
    yellow lines. Please stay inside the yellow lines.  The Armed
    Response Team thanks you for staying inside the yellow lines.

- Mike

Michael Spencer                  Nova Scotia, Canada       .~. 
mspencer at tallships.ca                                     /( )\
http://home.tallships.ca/mspencer/                        ^^-^^

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