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    1. Why are some people so quick to criticize Apple products?

      First, a little background. For almost fifteen years I used and earned a living repairing Windows machines. Obviously, most of the repairs I performed for customers were almost purely the fault of...

      First, a little background.

      For almost fifteen years I used and earned a living repairing Windows machines. Obviously, most of the repairs I performed for customers were almost purely the fault of the owner. Typically this was just general 'user error' type of things that just boiled down to people not being very tech savvy.

      Over that same time period, even though I knew a great deal about how to use a Windows machine, I still had monthly headaches. Some were incredibly frustrating and took hours to troubleshoot.

      I had a college buddy that worked down the street from my office at the local newspaper. He was in charge of all the visual design aspects of the paper. One day he invited me over to his office for lunch. The first thing that I noticed when I walked in was his huge Apple iMac.

      I inquired about his experience with Apple and he responded that, for several years, he hadn't even had a hiccup of a problem. My first thought was that he was full of shit. Later, I decided to ask around town from the few other people that I knew who used Apple products. I began to get almost the same pleasing stories.

      In 2008 I decided to purchase an iMac. I now have my second iMac. I've only had one problem and I made a post about it on Tildes where someone, generously, tried to help me figure it out. I was still under warranty so I called Apple tech support and they had it all sorted within an hour.

      One small problem in twelve years.

      I'd say that this is spectacular.

      But it seems wherever I turn online all I see are nerds shitting all over Apple. I have a hunch they've never owned an Apple product.

      Is it 'cool' to talk smack about Apple products among pseudo-tech nerds?

      Where is all the hate coming from?

      12 votes
    2. Must-haves for new Mac users

      As is clear from my comment history, I'm not a fan of Apple as a company. However, the company I'm joining has standardized their development environment on Mac OS, and as an engineer I'm...

      As is clear from my comment history, I'm not a fan of Apple as a company. However, the company I'm joining has standardized their development environment on Mac OS, and as an engineer I'm certainly not one to ask people to put in a disproportionate amount of effort to accommodate what is, ultimately, a relatively unimportant moral stance - so they're provisioning me a Mac, probably a Macbook Pro. I have no idea what model.

      Mac users, what should my first steps be in order to be productive? I have a Keychron K2, 1080p monitor, and mouse on my desk attached to a Thunderbolt 3 hub, which I assume I can keep using, but I don't know what the options and expectations are for software such as window managers (I don't like the default one much, but I last used it seriously in 2016 - has it gotten better? are there alternatives?), search/command helper overlays a la Rofi, or even terminal apps.

      Thanks in advance!

      20 votes