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OPINION FEBRUARY 12 , 2001
Talkin' Smack: The Ultimate Peecee Virus

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But now things are changing. Like the high-school nerd driving to his 10-year class reunion in a brand new Porsche with his trophy wife beside him, the Mac, too, is staging its triumphal resurfacing in the pimple-filled halls of the Windows quad.

Earlier last year, the G4 reignited the passions of wavering Mac users, and now it's starting to win over support from Windows users as well. Even our own company here now has three Macs in the office, despite the efforts of our peecee-loving CEO, and my own coworkers have begun buying Macs for their homes and side businesses as well. It's as if the Mac has become the ultimate peecee virus, only in this case there's no virus protection software to stop it. Not even Microsoft seems to be fighting back this time around.

Will the Mac emerge the victor in the ongoing OS struggle? No. But who cares, as long as there are enough of them around for those who choose to use them? I don't want to see Windows destroyed. I'd like everybody to be able to pick the right tool for the right job, even if they choose to make the very wrong decision of buying a peecee. That's what it's always been about, and Microsoft came pretty close to ruining that for Mac users, just as they did for those who preferred the Amiga or any number of Intel-based OSes that have since been discarded.

All right. That's off my chest. Now, as a side note, this week marks my one-year anniversary here at Creative Mac (Feb. 14). I want to say thanks to all of you who've helped to make this site a success in the Macintosh creative professional segment. This is, of course, a dream job for any Mac psychofanatic, and you've helped to ensure its growth and continued health. You rock!

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