It's funny to see how people come up with reasons to limit themselves into a niche
I personally couldn't care less about evangelism in marketing.
But I have great fun using my Apple stuff, even if in many cases I run windows on them to maintain compatibility with the corporate world.
I also don't mind the price difference. I buy a set up every x years and welcome ANY evolutionary effort to reduce cables. Private and in my company I run a wide variety of set ups and based on all in cost calculation, depreciation, follow up cost for training and maintenance the MACs come out far cheaper for me. Future uprade cycles therefore will be Apple centric (assuming they stay on the current course). For other corporations this will be different of course.
I've alway been a die hard PC person to the point of rejecting MACs for nothing but the people who I associate with them as typical users, but for those willing to read before they post reflexive negative replies - the differences in usability came as the greatest surprise to me.
To each it's own, I'm fine with that, but I'm disappointed the replies focus on what people think it's uncool in Apple instead of how to utilize new media displays and interfaces. I didn't know the site did degrade to hardware fanboyism or "chose your camp".
And for people earning their mony by tattooing others - consider what you really say down to the core of it's meaning if you critisize to "fork out extra amounts of my hard earned dollars for a fashionable, trendy name, and that's all you get for the extra money
". You make a living by allowing people to "conform to a non-conformist group, they all end up being the same again
I can see your point that you give a rats ass how a computer looks as long as the performance is good, but as a person earning money by crafting totally useless images (beyond eye pleasing or saving your ass in jail as a gang member) on peoples skins you should be able to attribute some value to the sheer merits of design.
Again, a new game centric hardware device will be in the hands of millions soon. If you're not interested in exploiting this platform and adapting to the underlying trend developments, then fine, but don't complain you haven't been warned about the decrease in pc importance.
Good morning BNA(I'm not sure what time it is in Germany, It's morning here, I'm probably off a few hours I'm certain.. but greetings; just the same)
I think you may have misunderstood me, maybe I didn't word it right. Primarily I was responding to the "cult link post" and not specifically to you.
I did not mean to imply that I was "anti-Apple", or that I never will
furnish dollars towards owning any sort Apple product in the future, nor did I intend to insult anyone's private tastes or sense of judgement(I sincerely hope that no one feels that I have). As far as merits of design go... I don't know what a lot of them are too well (I haven't really read up on specs and stuff too much as of yet) so I really can't
knock it. I was simply stating reasons why in the past that I have strayed from purchasing certain Apple products, and how from a viewpoint of functionality I couldn't see it as a justifiable purchase when I could get the same(or even better in some instances) functionality for less. As far "cool factor" goes though I probably will buy an Iphone someday when my finances permit, I've been wanting a all-in-one device instead of having three different gadgets for phone, music, and camera, and the touch screen and design are just simply too cool to pass up in my opinion. I did not mean to sound like I was shutting the door on anything, perhaps I was too hasty in stating my criticisms without properly explaining them.
...and Yes, you are quite correct my livelihood is a useless novelty, I would have been the first to admit it if asked, I do not have to be told. Especially around the holiday season I really feel
just how much of a novelty it really is. Despite that, I am very proud of the fact that I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth and I have been able to rise up out of my condition and build my own business/livelihood out of nothing, and I did it all legally and legitimately(I point that out because most people from my particular social class usually only achieve what I have by ill means). It may be a novelty but it has kept my family and I fed for what will soon be almost two decades. The man who I apprenticed for in the beginning has managed to stay busy for forty years now, not too bad for a useless craft huh?
I don't really understand what you mean by your question. So you are saying that since I provide and get paid for a frivolous product that I should be more grateful for my situation and show more empathy or be more sympathetic towards others who provide and get paid for products of a similar nature? Anyone who works as an any sort of artist is working and making a living out of a useless unnecessary trade correct? That would include musicians, game developers, film producers, actors, among others. So I guess I'm being an ungrateful tightwad when I fork out an extra 50 bucks here or there for a video game, or movie, or music? One of the main reasons why I am so anti-piracy is because I feel like I am "giving back" when I support a fellow artist, but then again maybe I don't count as an artist in some peoples eyes...oh well, I get paid just the same regardless.
I actually find it kind insulting that you would make any assumptions about who I am in my career, I have been doing it long before there were TV shows, documentaries, and Tattoo "rock stars". I didn't enter into it with aspirations to be a "TV star", I'm not a performance artist like Kat Von Dee. When I was fresh in the business only a certain kind of person got tattooed, it belonged to a subculture comprised of convicts, drunken military personal, bikers, and basic all-around social deviants. You have no idea the kind of pressure that I have thrived under. At the second shop I worked at my old boss kept the "help wanted" sign up for three years after he hired me... why? Because he was a mercenary bastard, I only had the job until he found someone better. It took more hard work than you will ever know to survive as long as I have in such a dog eat dog
business as what I'm in. I sure as Hell didn't just ride in the crest of recent popularity, I have went through literal Hell
to get where I am, please don't discredit that.