it all at one time or another...
get a chuckle now and then when we hear
nonsense from the 90s.
Mac Myths presented below represent a small
sampling of propellerhead pablum collected
over many years. Enjoy !-)
can't git software for the Mac."
The first-ever 128K Macs
shipped with two programs included:
MacWrite and MacPaint. Exactly one
graphics program more than anybody else
had. Today, there are more software
options available for Macintosh than for
any other platform.
great fer drawin' pitchers, but...
If'n ya wants ta do bizness, ya
gots ta use a pee cee."
The truth back then (as now)
is that text processing is a no-brainer.
The real power was - and still is -
graphics, audio and video; capabilities
that PCs wouldn't have for over ten
"It's got a mouse! Who ever
heard of a mouse?"
Yes, the first-ever Macintosh
had a mouse, pull-down menus, and what
has since become known as a graphical
user interface (GUI), along with
countless other features which were
eventually mimicked by PCs. It took
Microsoft about five years to
accommodate a mouse. And then we Mac
users got to hear this one:
"Da mouse what only
gots one button!"
complex it is, the more sophisticated
it must be. Right?
rather get a Mac, but...
I've gotta have a PC so I can run
the software from work."
You could easily run "the
software from work" (meaning something
DOS-based) on a Mac by either creating a
DOS partition, or by installing a PC
card with its own RAM in certain models.
It was one of the Mac's best-kept
are too expensive."
You get what you pay for. Or,
as Bell Helmet used to say:
"If you have a ten-dollar
head, get a ten-dollar helmet."
While Macs came with all
the best options built-in, PC buyers had
to purchase and install cards, adapters,
hardware and drivers to build a system
with similar capabilities, often
spending far more money in the long run
(to say nothing of time and trouble).
News flash: Sound comes to the
Taken for granted by Mac
aficionados since the first Macintosh in
1984 and the Apple II before that,
addition of a sound card and Sound
Blaster (about $200 at the time) was
_big_ news in the PC world nearly ten
years later. But then, Macs were too
What happens if you use an
"unsafe" color? Web police? Monitor
failure? Of the 256-color palette
available to PCs, 40 colors were
"reserved" exclusively for use by
Windows. Only the remaining 216 colors
were available for use in web pages;
these came to be known as "web-safe
colors" (conveniently obscuring another
Windows flaw). If an "unsafe" color was
encountered by a PC, it would appear as
a dithered combination of its two
nearest neighbors, resulting in a grainy
"Bill Gates wrote the original
Macintosh Operating System."
One of the dumbest urban myths
_ever_. Most PC users thought Gates
wrote DOS, too. Gary Kildall of Digital
Research created DOS (CPM); Gates bought
and adapted "QDOS" (quick and dirty
operating system), a derivative of CPM,
then renamed it MS-DOS (Microsoft disk
operating system). And dummies bought
all be using the same operating system
Yeah? Who wouldda guessed it'd
be a flavor of UNIX.....
only got an (X)% market share!"
Are we talking about
computer sales or Operating Systems? (They dunno.) You mean the Mac
versus everybody else combined? (Dunno.) So what exactly does
this mean? (Dunno.)
What is Sun's market share? Or Compac or Dell or Gateway, hmmm? What's their
market share? (Nobody
"Windows '95 is a 32-bit
Not only was Windows '95
_not_ 32-bit clean, Windoze was never
an operating system; it was merely a
user interface plastered over the same
old DOS from the '80s. Like the
t-shirt said, "Windows '95 = Mac '84."
"It's kinda like the BetaMax®,
BetaMax was superior, but VHS
Yes, Sony's BetaMax was a
superb video tape format, far superior
to the cheaper VHS cartridge that
eventually dominated video markets
(long since replaced by DVD). Uh-huh.
So? This observation usually comes
from those who believe some sort of
natural selection governs technology
markets, and only the best survive.
"Yup, it can do everythang a
Mac can do..."
A elderly couple went out
shopping for a computer one afternoon.
Their son had told them to get a
Macintosh. But, thinking all computers
are alike, they walked into a Radio
Shack store and asked the kid behind
"New PCs are plug-'n-play."
Responding to the ease of
setting up a Mac, the "plug and play"
concept was popular in PC advertising
for a short time, if never a reality.
It was quietly dropped when PC users
started referring to it as "plug and
"If Apple had used open
architecture, they'd be a lot more
"Open architecture" - at the
time - meant building a computer from
readily available, off-the-shelf
components. Anybody can do it, giving
rise to countless PC clones (starting
with Compac). Apple chose to develop
Macintosh from the ground up, using
proprietary chips with processors from
IBM and Motorola. The advantages were
'open-versus-closed' debate still rages
on, over source code now, with the MacOS
on the OpenSource side. The advantages
of this should be obvious, too.
"Macs or PCs... it's just like
buying a Ford or a Chevy, right?"
Uh..... no. It's not. And by
the way: Next time you visit a Ford
dealer, be sure to ask 'em about the
"Macs are too hard to
"Mac users are... such snobs...
They act like they're better'n
Only heard this once, at a
San Francisco coffeehouse, and it
certainly wasn't from a programmer.
I think the guy had an Etch-a-Sketch
in his backpack.
Oooo, well pardon me all to
heck! We try to remain silent while we
listen to you curse at your PCs, we
look the other way when your PCs crash
and freeze, wait patiently while you
scan for nasties and rebuild your
registry, but sometimes we just can't
help but snicker at all the
unnecessary grief Windows users
suffer. It's your funeral. Get over
"I hate the Mac! I can't hack
[into] the OS."
Aside from her frustration
at being unable to steal some
software, this was a legitimate
criticism of the MacOS and she had a
valid point. Prior to (open-source)
OSX, the Mac's Operating System was
locked-up tight with no easy access to
the Mac's inner workings (thru OS 9).
While a closed OS kept things simple,
organized and trouble-free, changing
OS behavior by hacking (modifying) the
System required some knowledge.
only got an (X)% market share!"
look: In order for this dubious
observation to mean anything at all,
you have to make three mistaken
All computers have the same
capabilities, right out of the box.
2. Buyers carefully
evaluate each platform before making a
3. Computers all become
obsolete at about the same age.
The world was supposed to end on
Planes would fall from the
sky, there'd be blackouts, famine,
rioting in the streets. There was a mass
suicide of some crazed cult, a run on
the banks and Wall Street, predictions
of doom on the news. Why all the fuss?
Well, because Windows used a two-digit
date that would default to 1900 at the
stroke of midnight on New Years Eve.
Wasn't a problem for the Macintosh. Sure was fun to watch. Says a lot about the life
expectancy of DOS, too.
"There are things you can't do
with a Mac."
True. You can't teach a Mac to
"But Mike, you're the
only person I know who has
your computer is over 3-years-old, you
probably need a new computer."
An old friend made this glib
observation shortly after we opened
the MacShack in '02. Thanks, but...
dude, you need to get out more.
(From a local radio ad.) Why
would you need a new computer after only
three years? Because you bought a cheap
PC, that's why. Expensive PCs are only a
few years behind, but cheap ones are
obsolete right out of the box.
"Hey! I hear you can run Windows
on a Mac now."
It's like putting wagon wheels
on a Ferrari.
But - if you just can't
eliminate Windows from your life - sure,
you can run it on a Mac. (Always could,
nothing new here.) Just be advised:
Windows will bring all of its virus,
spyware and malware vulnerabilities with
it when run on a Macintosh.
"Vista - it's just like a Mac!"
Released at midnight, January
29th, 2007 (costing up to $400.00),
Vista came with virus warnings,
overwhelmingly negative reviews, and the
promise of making all but the newest PCs
obsolete. Possibly the biggest flop
since the Zune. One day after releasing
Vista, Bill Gates was on air whining
about Apple's advertising campaign.
Within a few weeks Microsoft was forced
to revise earnings estimates.
The most notable thing about
Vista's release was the date: Windows
was now a full seven years behind the
current MacOS, about two years more than
"The Mac shouldda been... the
Cadillac of computers."
What?! Did ya think Apple was
going away? A PC user and "early
adopter" of Vista complained that Vista
wouldn't work on his high-end,
custom-built PC. Ready to make the big
switch, he was still consumed with years
of nonsense (including much of the
above) and was teetering between raw
hatred of Microsoft and his fear that
the Macintosh might go extinct.
Which reminds me: Haven't
heard much about Apple's market share
"I saw a PC magazine
what said y'all gots security updates now,
like Microsoft does."
You read something
about Macs in a PC rag? Gee whiz, do tell!
business used to be about fifty-fifty,
Macs and PCs."
Maybe he thought it meant a
Mac virus had been found after all these
years, who knows. Accustomed to installing
bandaids for the millions of Windows
viruses in the wild, he couldn't
understand preemptive security updates. As
they say, "misery loves company."
a decline of Mac clientele in recent
years, the proprietor of a local print
shop brought in his eight-year-old
PowerMac because it wouldn't startup
anymore. Still running OS 9, it had a
full-up, seriously fragmented 20MB (that's
MEGAbyte) hard drive. We fixed it.....
"They stole the PC but never
touched our Mac."
Doesn't take any brains to be
"We havta use PCs, 'cause we use
industry-standard CAD software."
Really? (It's always amazing how PC
users rationalize being enslaved by the
inertia of Microsoft.) So, creating 3-D
CAD drawings in half the time with half
the effort and four times the quality -
this is of no use to you?
"Mac users, they're like
a... a... cult."
flock to Apple stores, hang out all
This AM radio talk
show host went on to ponder why Mac users
are so fond of their computers and iPods
and iPhones; an unfathomable condition for
PC types. The fact
that he was operating from a Mac-centric
broadcast studio (as guest host) probably
had him wondering what he's been missing.
"You can't play games
on a Mac."
Of course you can,
but - whatta waste! If all you use a
computer for is playing games, then by
all means get yourself a cheap PC.
Hearing this in
2014 about events in 1997 was more of a
surprise than the foolishness of it, but
okay. Apple had $1.2 Billion
in the bank and earned $1.7 Billion
in the last quarter of '97 when
Microsoft paid Apple $1.5 Million
to drop a long-running lawsuit and include demo versions of MS
Office with new Macs. Microsoft also made a 5-year
commitment to continue developing
software for the Mac - but backed out a
short time later. Then, of course, MS
quietly released a new version of Office
for the Mac.
"Macs don't get
viruses 'cause there are so few of 'em."
Meanwhile, Apple developed its iWork
suite, aka "the Office killer."
Even as late as
2017, we still hear stuff from the 80s.
Mac-versus-PC? The contest is
over, and I'm gonna miss it.
Compare any aspect of
the two platforms, side-by-side: Product
design, hardware specs, speed and
efficiency, service, security,
longevity, ease of use or any other
measure - Macs have always been state of
the art. If you're still running
Windows, we can help you upgrade.