I am an aspiring computer geek looking to expand my views on the personal computer through my purchase of a Macbook very soon. I have never used a Mac longer than a few hours, but I think that I will enjoy the switch because I have been working in Linux for the past few months, getting used to a non-Windows environment. The biggest obstacle for my switch hasn't been the price, the lack of software, or anything else most people have problems with. I have a problem with the "general" Mac community. I honestly don't think I have ever found a group of people who are more smug than the Mac community. I have 14 close friends that use Macs and all of them are the same. They ALL believe that because they use a Mac, they are a better human being than the rest of the computing world. Let me rephrase that, they think that they are more worthy than other computer users. I honestly don't care about brand loyalty. I like what is good and I try to stay away from things I don't like. I like Vista, OSX, and Linux all in a different way. I have observed that the difference between me and the "average" Mac user is that Mac users look down on other "PC" users because, in their opinion, they chose wrong by using Windows. I have often witnessed my Mac friend making arrogant remarks about their OS of choice. "Look, they are using a Mac" as my friend tells another during a movie. "Let me show you this, it lets me search all of the files on my computer. Windows can't do that" as my friend tries to sell OSX to me without ever using Vista's search. "Well, you do know Macs are better" after I made a silly joke about Macs...The list goes on with remarks that make all other PC users look like a different race of people, not qualified to use a computer in critical situations because they dont use a Mac. On the surface, I look like a Microsoft fanboy. I have a botched together Windows PC using Vista Ultimate 64bit with an nVidia 8800 and a flashy LED gaming keyboard. I own an Xbox and an Xbox 360 Elite. I also have an original Zune that I begged for as an early Christmas gift. In reality, I use Linux DAILY, I like OSX for its innovations and ease of use, I am seriously considering getting an iPhone, and Im not a hard core gamer. Even though I don't consider myself a fanboy of any kind, I am generally categorized as one. My Mac friends don't take me seriously when I talk about computers, even though I am more educated about computers than any of them. That brings me to my next point. In my experience, my Mac friends are LESS EDUCATED about computers and software than I am. Out of the 14 friends I told you about, I would consider 4 of them as true Mac "geniuses". These people have used computers for a long time, they have run Windows and OSX, and they know a lot about Mac computers. Out of the four, NONE of them have ever even tried Linux. Out of the four, NONE of them have used Vista for longer than 10 min because they trust Lord Jobs when He says Vista is terrible. Out of the four, NONE of them can tell me what the "free" in free software means. Even though these "geniuses" look down on PC users like me as inferior, they never researched any other alternatives to Windows besides getting a Mac. They switched to OSX because it wasn't Windows, not because they knew what they were doing. This is similar to what the Germans did when they supported the Nazi party. They may have been different, but they surely werent better. These "geniuses" also don't understand what the hardware in their computer does. I bet that NONE of them can tell me what 3mb of L2 cache means and how it works. This is my personal experience and I know that there are Mac users who know more than I do, I have just noticed a lack of educated Mac users in my life. I really hate that they assume that I am less educated about computers when I have learned so much more than they ever tried to. This all ties into my last compliant about the Mac community, and that is the BLINDNESS to anything that doesn't have an Apple logo on it. This is a trait that I have found more recently on the web, particularly youtube. I hope that if you are reading this, that you are not a subscriber to emeek77 on youtube. If you are, I apologize, but I think that he gives the Mac community a TERRIBLE name. I have never seen him talk about a problem with Apple. He has never said a good thing about Microsoft. He THREATENS and DEMONIZES people who challenge his views. He has never really used Linux. Finally, he LIES about Windows to make Macs look better. He has numerous videos about Windows "ruining" computers. He has NO reference to back up his accusations. He has videos about hardware viruses and how Windows doesn't stop them. The article he referenced was written in 1998, long before Microsoft cracked down on security holes and the release of XP and Vista. I challenged emeek when he did a video on how iPhones are the best and "Blackberry's ****ing suck". I cited the lack of video recording, 3g music downloads, and MMS. He responded by bashing me and then saying that the iPhone has video recording, has iTunes in your pocket, and that "MMS isn't a big deal". He looks past its lack of features and basically says that the features it lacks are ok because Apple says they are ok... So what? Why should I care about emeek77? In my opinion, emeek isn't the real problem. The problem is the acceptance of the Mac community to emeek and people like him. I always see comments like "keep up the good work, you are right about those viruses" and "Yeah, microsoft sux. OSX OR DIE". If emeek and his thousands of followers are an indication of the Mac community as a whole, then I NEVER want to consider myself a part of that "great" community. In closing, it sucks that I have chosen this path. I really like the Macbook, and the price with all of the free goodies for students is just too good to pass up. Sadly, I have no community that I can call my own. Linux users have most of the same feelings I do toward Mac users, so I dont fit in there if I use OSX. My two best friends are actually Windows fanboys who will categorize me in the same group that emeek is in. Finally, with this declaration, I dont think I have a place with the general Mac community. Sorry guys, but I really dont like you at all. If you share my view on the Mac community and thus feel left out, please comment. I think it would be cool if we started our own website together. The I Cheat on my Mac Forum where we can discuss our love for everything about computers and can all just get along no matter what hardware or software we use. Someday, I hope that people like emeek and my die hard Windows friends can get along. In the mean time, I am going to revert back to snail mail instead of email, carrier pidgins instead of AIM, and a typewriter instead of a word processor in the hope that the future of computing can be as peaceful as the non-computing days.