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(I have, I am)

To many of you who know me (once again, all one of my readers), you know that I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about my love of the Mac over the PC. Thus it might come as a shock when I tell you that my current Mac will most likely be the last one I purchase.

Whew! There, now that we have THAT out of the way, let’s really address why I’ve come to this conclusion.

BTW- This is NOT a “bash the mac” style post. If anyone stumbles across this blog what you will not find here is an indictment of the Macintosh computer or Apple in general. Or, at least, that’s the plan. What you will find is, I hope, a well reasoned argument on why the Mac is no longer right for THIS user.

First, let’s address why I chose the Mac vs the PC in the first place:

  1. Ease of Use – The Mac, by far, is one of the most easy computers you will ever use. Ever. Every piece of software that Apple puts in OS X is well thought out, flows well with each other, has a similar theme, etc. The old slogan that Apple had was “It just works”. It does JUST work.
  2. Viruses – They aren’t out the on the Mac. OK, Ok, I know there are a couple that have recently popped up on the internet. These are few and far between, and relativity easy to remove. Also, they only get installed because the user agrees (unknowingly) to install them. When I worked at Geek Squad I treated them as minor annoyances, rather than the possible decimator of data on their PC counterparts.
  3. Cool – Let’s face it. The Mac IS cool. It’s a status symbol. Go onto any coffee shop, college, library, etc and you will almost be assured to find at least one PC laptop with an Apple sticker on it.
  4. Stability – Uptime on a PC can usually be measured in hours, maybe days. Mac’s measure their uptime in weeks and months. OS X (the operating system that makes a Mac a Mac) is a very well thought out operating system.

So, with all that it has going for it, why would anyone want to switch back to a PC?

  1. Games – Let’s get the big one out of the way. Mac has made great strides over the last few years to bring more games to it, but BY FAR more games are out there for PC’s.
  2. Hardware – The Mac OS might be great, but the hardware frankly sucks. If you buy a top of the line Mac today, the hardware in it is usually at least 2-3 years behind the curve of it’s PC counterparts.
  3. Upgradeability – Going hand-in-hand with hardware, upgrading a Mac is usually very difficult. To replace the Hard Drive consists of virtually tearing down the entire machine. When I upgraded my Mac Mini to a SSD (Solid State Drive) it entailed removing the entire motherboard and CD drive assembly. The only notable exception to this rule is RAM. Recently Apple has made upgrading memory to be on par with the difficulty of upgrading memory in a PC. For everything else? Replace CD drive? Must use the Apple branded one. Motherboard shot? MUST use an Apple one. The long-and-short of it is that when you buy an Apple product, you are locked into what they want you to have and use.
  4. Lack of Control – Apple says you can use the Mac how you want to. What they have left off is the “… but only if we say it’s ok first.” On an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch have you ever wondered why you can’t use flash on them? Steve Jobs thinks flash is an insecure platform, so you aren’t allowed to use it on an iOS device that you own.
  5. Price – My god, Mac’s are expensive! Remember the example above about them being cool? I told you that you could find a PC laptop with an Apple sticker on it? You see these “ghetto macs” because people WANT the mac, but can’t AFFORD the mac. It’s a common joke when you talk about taking apart a mac for repair or (limited) upgrade for someone to ask if you found the invisible gold brick that makes the mac so damned expensive.

So, I’m planning my return to the world of PC architecture. I want to play games. I want control of the system I paid for. I want to be able to use any hardware that I can afford.

But, I’m going to do without having to rely upon Micro$loth. ;)

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(or at least, as little as little as possible)
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So apparently I can’t even play RPG’s right anymore. =/ I give up.

I used to RUN table-top gaming in high school. I was the GM of many a campaign. I was told I was really good at it.

Now I can’t even be a player.

Fuck it. It’s not worth the hassle.

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See? Not every post on here will be doom and gloom. ;)

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THE CREATION
Infocom interactive fiction – a very old story
Copyright (c) 1985 by Infocom, Inc. All rights reserved.
THE CREATION is a trademark of Infocom, Inc.
Release 42 / Serial number 271828

Void
All is unformed and void; and darkness is upon the face of the deep.

>VERSION
This is the Authorized Version of King James.

>TIME
It is the beginning.

>WHO AM I
You are that you are.

>EXAMINE DARKNESS
You can’t see the darkness without a light!

>LET THERE BE LIGHT
Okay, there is light.

>EXAMINE THE LIGHT
It is good.

>DIVIDE THE LIGHT FROM THE DARKNESS
It is so.

>CALL THE LIGHT “DAY” THEN CALL THE DARKNESS “NIGHT”
Called.
Called.

>EXAMINE NIGHT AND DAY
night: There is evening.
day: There is morning.

>TIME
It is the first day.

>LET THERE BE A FIRMAMENT
Okay, there is a firmament.

>FIRMAMENT, DIVIDE THE WATERS FROM THE WATERS
[Which waters do you mean, the lower waters or the upper waters?]

>LOWER
[Which waters do you mean, the lower waters or the upper waters?]

>UPPER
It is so.

>CALL THE FIRMAMENT “HEAVEN”
Called.

>TIME
It is the second day.

>GATHER TOGETHER THE LOWER WATERS UNTO ONE PLACE
Gathered.

>LET THERE BE DRY LAND
It is so.

>CALL THE DRY LAND “EARTH” THEN CALL THE GATHERED WATERS “SEAS”
Called.
Called.

>EXAMINE ALL
It is good.

>EARTH, BRING FORTH GRASS AND HERB AND FRUIT TREE
grass: It is so.
herb: It is so.
fruit tree: It is so.

>EXAMINE ALL
It is good.

>TIME
It is the third day.

>MAKE TWO GREAT LIGHTS
Made.

>GREATER LIGHT, RULE THE DAY
Ruled.

>LESSER LIGHT, RULE THE NIGHT
Ruled.

>MAKE THE STARS ALSO
Made.

>SET BOTH LIGHTS IN THE FIRMAMENT
Set.

>EXAMINE ALL
It is good.

>TIME
It is the fourth day.

>CREATE GREAT WHALES, AND ALL LIVING CREATURES IN THE WATERS, AND ALL WINGED FOWL
whales: Made.
goldfish: Made.
sea horses: Made.

rocs: Made.
emus: Made.

>EXAMINE ALL
It is good.

>CREATURES, BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY AND FILL THE WATERS IN THE SEAS
“Okay.”

>TIME
It is the fifth day.

>MAKE THE BEAST OF THE EARTH AND CATTLE AND ALL CREEPING THINGS
beast: Made.
cattle: Made.
zebras: Made.
yaks: Made.
platypuses: Made.

cockroaches: Made.

>EXAMINE ALL
It is good.

>CREATE MAN AND WOMAN IN MY OWN IMAGE
man: Made.
woman: Made.

>BLESS THEM
Blessed.

>THEM, BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY AND REPLENISH THE EARTH AND SUBDUE IT
“No problem.”

>THEM, HAVE DOMINION OVER THE FISH AND THE FOWL AND ALL LIVING THINGS
“You got it.”

>EXAMINE ALL
Behold, it is very good.

>TIME
It is the sixth day.

>REST
Time passes…

>TIME
It is the seventh day.

>BLESS THE SEVENTH DAY
Blessed.

>SANCTIFY IT
[Be specific: what object do you want to sanctify?]

>THE SEVENTH DAY
Sanctified.

>QUIT

Your score is 350 (total of 350 points), in 47 moves.
This gives you the rank of God.
Do you wish to leave the game? (Y is affirmative): >Y

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So Ashley and I have broken up. I guess I can’t really say I’m surprised. What attracted me to her was that she seemed mature for her age, a requirement considering the rather sizable gap in out ages.

Things have been strained for the past week. I honestly think she was just looking for an excuse to break up with me.

I had her toiletries in my trunk for the past day or so.. I didn’t wanna give them to her, because I figured that it would put the final nail in the coffin.

But I discovered that on Tuesday night she kissed a coworker of mine. He came to me about it, so I can’t REALLY fault him… but I’m totally pissed at her. I don’t care how strained we were, we were still together at the time. So she cheated on me. Lovely.

So, yup. It’s over. I gave her her shit and told her “I hope you find what you are looking for, I’m sorry it wasn’t me”. I could have cussed her out, or said words to hurt her.. but that wouldn’t help the situation. I decided to be the grown up, since she wouldn’t be.

I think what bugs me the most is that she also removed me from her friends list in World of Warcraft. How silly is that? I can understand if she doesn’t want to see me romantically, but I didn’t fuck up her. There is no reason for her to drop me like this. =/

More later.. I really don’t feel like rehashing the entire thing right now. It’s giving me a headache.

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Damn! It looks like the ink bleeds through to the next page. Oh well, I guess I’ll just have to alternate pages until I figure out a solution.

Spent most of the day playing Aion. It’s a nice departure from World of Warcraft. The world seems more vibrant & larger. I don’t know.. WoW just seems kinda worn out after all these years. Ken was right, there really is nothing different about it anymore. One quest is like all the others.

Ashley and I haven’t been spending a whole lot of time together. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad. She’s a wonderful girl, but I don’t think she’s “the one”. Honestly, I’m not even sure if I want to settle down again.

Not that I’m whoring it up.. I just don’t feel the need to pair off with anyone. =/

Anyway, I have to get up for work in 5 hours. I should probably get some rest. More later.

-S

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