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Talkin' Smack: Fanatical and Proud of It

Self righteousness never felt so good By Dave Nagel
It's great to be a Mac psychofanatic. I'm an enthusiast and professional user and, as an added bonus, I get to spend every day of my life writing about the Mac, playing with review hardware and software and joke around about the inferiority of the currently popular, albeit utterly inferior, competition, viz. Windows. And I do so with all the self righteousness of any other kind of fanatic, with the big difference being that my point of view happens to be correct.

The evidence of my correctness is all around me. Despite the fact that Windows is, admittedly, the platform of choice in factories, sweat shops, law offices and the homes of consumers who work at such businesses, the Mac remains the No. 1 platform in creative industries. Even my peecee-using colleagues here at Digital Media Net are coming around to the true faith.

See, Digital Media Net was started a while back by a bunch of peecee users who then populated the place with more peecee users. Good, pedigreed peecee users, I'll grant you, but peecee users nonetheless. Now, however, I think they're starting to see the light. Two of our smarter editors have already bought themselves some G4s this year, and I can feel a few more of the slower (but well meaning) editors teetering on the edge of redemption as well.

This has started to foster a sort of pro-Mac (or, more accurately, non-anti-Mac) attitude that has even begun to permeate the numerous publications here at DMN. And peecee users don't like it. I've always received hate mail from peecee users telling me where I can stick my FireWire cables. But now we're even receiving letters saying that our coverage across all our sites is unfairly weighted toward the Mac. Well, glory be, I say! Let the heathens gripe. It shows me that we're doing something right.

Now, some might say, "Hey, man, a computer is just a tool. It's nothing to get fanatical about." You know what that is? That's peecee-user talk. That's the language of the dead of spirit who have been stuck on NT so long they've forgotten what a miracle the desktop computer is, how it has changed our lives and why it's so fun just to boot up your machine and use it to draw a picture or create an animation?all using a beautifully designed interface that helps, rather than hinders, the creative process.

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