Why I quit using a Mac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Nick T., Oct 31, 2008.

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  1. Nick T. macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2006
    My computer history goes back to the early 1960’s … so I have used, maintained, and programmed a wide variety of computers … from high-powered one of a kind military machine to the simplest personal computer. As a result I’ve long ago learned to be very tolerant of the short comings of both software and hardware.

    About two years ago I bought a Mac Mini, big HD and lot’s of RAM, and put it to work in parallel with my Windows machines (one XP and one Vista). That little box is very impressive: small size, inexpensive, reliable, more than adequate OS, and good range of available software.

    After about a year I was super enthusiastic about Macs and was on the verge of buying a $3,500 Mac Pro, but first I wanted more information so I started reading several Apple Forums, including this one. It didn’t take long to decide that this is the premiere Mac forum, so I stuck here and tried learning.

    I quickly found that questions that acknowledged that the asker had previously been a PC user were answered with sarcastic and smart-ass remarks and only occasionally with useful help. Going into three local area Apple stores I found the same attitude as I had found here … Macs and OS-X were treated more like a religion than a toolset.

    I tried to ignore the fan-boy attitude, but found that without becoming (or at least acting like) a fan-boy there was no support community. Just recently I decided to sell this pretty little baby computer … just too much hassle to get simple questions dealt with. Now it is gone.

    It’s a terrible shame because the code core of OS-X is far superior to anything that Microsoft has ever produced. It’s only the user interface that sucks … and Apple isn’t likely to fix any of it since it actively seeks customers with that fan-boy attitude.

    All you have to do is watch the Mac vs PC TV commercials … they make it fun to make fun of Microsoft’s and Vista’s shortcomings. The commercials are funny and entertaining, but they attract a lot of 14 y.o. attitudes to the Mac ranks; and those 14 y.o. fan-boy attitudes have chased me away from Apple.

    Bye guys,
    -Nick T.
  2. timeconsumer macrumors 68000


    Aug 1, 2008
    I understand where you're coming from, however, there are a lot of helpful members here. I think a lot of it has to do with how you present your story/case to the forum. Of course there are people who have the attitude you speak of, but in my opinion, it's well worth dealing with those individuals and to have the far superior OS (as you mentioned) then to have to use a Microsoft OS full time. A tip I would recommend is to place the users that annoy you on ignore. I wish I could get you to re-consider, but it looks like you have made up your mind. Good luck to you sir and sorry to see you go.
  3. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    well, i have to say this forum used to be better and there is a lot of this fan boy attitude and lots of rude comments here now. but leaving a platform because of this is overreacting IMHO.

    in general you still get excellent advice and good discussions here. just when threads get longer the usual immature posts come up. but by then the relevant questions are answered.

    and you get still great posts in most of the subforums that are not overrun buy 14 years olds or people with that kind of mindset.

    sorry that you decided to leave because you seem to be part of the crowd i'd like to be represented here....:(
  4. digitalfrog macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2007
    I bought a Mac because I liked it. Not because the forums users were cool or not.

    It does not take much to filter the crappy messages from the meaningful ones.

    So long.

  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    I couldn't disagree with you more. This is, without a doubt, the most helpful forum I have experienced anywhere on the Internet. People post questions and they are answered quickly and thoroughly. Of course there are snide remarks made as in any forum. Sorry you're experience was so different.

    On the other hand, you say how much you like the Mac OS and you sell yours and leave here because you didn't like snide remarks. Grow a pair!
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Coheed fan???

    And to nick, im sorry you dont like macs anymore. If you find yourself in the windows world, enjoy it. Goodbye from all of us here at MR.
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Not always so successfully... You seem to have a huge issue when your opinions aren't supported by all.

  8. chilipie macrumors 6502a


    May 8, 2006
    Very well said :) There are a few users that cause trouble, but there are many people here who are extremely helpful, incredibly intelligent, witty, charming and unbelievably friendly. And that's just me ;)
  9. rhett7660 macrumors G4


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    Couldn't agree more. Sorry to see that you have given up on a piece of hardware and software because of the attitudes of some people. I am sorry but I think you will find about the same in a lot of other forums regarding other os's, phones, cars etc. And this is coming from someone who worked with or was in the military?!
  10. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    While I have seen some of the attitudes OP was talking about for the most part, they are the exception not the rule. Sorry to see you go, Nick T.
  11. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    So, let me get this straight... You dumped your Mac computer because you didn't like the Mac community, especially this forum? Wow.

    You know, there is a ton of good resources on the Mac that you can get to without having to deal with the Mac "culture" trip. Ever try reading a book? I'm not a big fan of the fanboys either... I'm more about using my computer to get things done. And yes, I use Windows if I need to. I like Macs... but more importantly, I like computers - any computer that will allow me to get a job done faster. As it turns out, Macs allow me to do that easier than Windows at the moment, so I'm sticking with that platform for now. My decision has nothing to do with fanboys, culture or websites. I would never allow an attitude affect my ability to own a piece of hardware. Of course, I might be more mature than you, so that allows me to think differently.
  12. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    When I use my Mac and enjoy doing stuff with it, I couldn't care less what people on the internet or in the stores think and say.

    This is a strange thread, and one which I'm not sure serves any useful purpose except to provide flamebait. Criticism of Apple and Macs is fine here, but insinuating that the majority of forum members behave like 14 year old fanboys, that they're responsible for your purchasing decisions and then posting to tell us so. Well, it's kind of pointless except to garner attention and ruffle feathers.

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