Fanboys exist for every favored computing platform. When you’ve been writing about computing for any number of years, such as I have, you are eventually going become the target of kooks – people who post completely random stuff on your blogs, send you crazy and inflamed emails, or write stuff on the internet saying how disturbed and wrong you are for subscribing to a particular ideology.
I tend to ignore such posts and communications, but when the anonymous kook in question is a fellow columnist on your own media network I have but no choice to respond. I have been forewarned by my senior comrades not to pursue such a strategy, but what can I say, I am a glutton for punishment.
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... I have to think that this whole idea of commercially produced Mac Clones has legs... (Perlow)
Ah, so Perlow's a leg man. Well, Jason, the Macalope's not sure what you're into but, just so you know, these particular legs are likely to be of the short, stumpy variety.
But despite all the lusting, is this relationship meant to be? Sure, cloners were able to legally have their way with Windows, but OS X ain't that kind of girl. She's gonna put up a fight.
There are certainly going to be more attempts to create unlicensed Mac clones. The problem is, who wants to buy a computer running an unsupported operating system from a company that has the life expectancy of a fruit fly?
I have always said that it made absolutely no sense that Apple backed off from the prospect of cloned systems. (Jason Perlow)
And the Macalope has always said that the water fountains at ZDNet must be served with lead pipes.
This is also consistent with my belief that this narrow view by many Appleologists that it is best for Mac is to stay in its consumerist, prosumery shtetl rather than play in the larger world of enterprise computing is also a tremendous detriment to the platform. That Mac OS X has not been ported to Xen or a similar hypervisor architecture is a clear indicator that cloud computing and virtual infrastructure is not even on the Apple roadmap.
How easy is it? Well, along with legal copies of Mac OS X and a special EFI firmware emulator for PC BIOS-based equipment and instructions how to put it all together it doesn't really require any more effort than what it would have typically taken a PC homebrewer to assemble their own DOS or Windows-based white box 10 or 15 years ago. (Perlow)
Hmm. The Macalope likes your American ingenuity, Jason, but he's not hearing the words that brings this sleazy scenario to its tacky nadir: steampunk casemod. Think about it.
If you want a clone Mac or a "Hackintosh" that badly, you can have one, for just a small amount of effort and a very modest cash investment in a relatively generic PC motherboard, processor, RAM, video card and case with power supply assembled from an ever-growing list of compatible parts. (Perlow)
Rob Griffiths might disagree with the "small amount of effort" part.
Oh, you'll need to be your own support person, and it will probably be more than a little bit messy, but if you are determined to "screw the man" so to speak, than a private citizen can effectively do whatever the heck they want without any interference at all from the Evil Fruit. (Perlow)
Who burned the Reichstag? Why, Steve Jobs burned the Reichstag, of course. Jason's just having a little fun, but when did the computer company with the 7% market share become the Great Satan?
Since you seem determined to go down the path of tasteless and inappropriate metaphors, I will concede that Jobs didn’t burn the Reichstag. But like Albert Speer, he built his own version of the the Reichskanzlei with all the mythical iconography and propaganda to go along with it. And do you know what the free world did with that building and everything else that symbolized that era? They bulldozed it and crushed it into aggregate, leaving few traces of its existence.
Your turn, oh anointed one. Anyone else want to roast me today? Talk Back and let me know.