We've heard it all
at one time or another...
still get a chuckle now and then from PC fanatics repeating nonsense
from the 90s.
Myths presented below represent a small sampling of propellerhead
pablum collected over many years. Enjoy !-)
"Ya can't git software for the Mac."
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.
"Macs are great fer
drawin' pitchers, but...
If'n ya wants ta do bizness, ya gots ta use
a pee cee."
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 years.
got a mouse! Who ever heard of a mouse?"
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!"
The more complex it is, the more sophisticated it must be.
"I'd rather get a
I've gotta have a PC so I can run the
software from work."
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
"Macs are too expensive."
what you pay for. Or, as Bell Helmet used to say:
"If you have a ten-dollar head, get a
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
News flash: Sound comes to the Pee Cee!
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 expensive...
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 image.
"Bill Gates wrote the original Macintosh
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
"We'll all be using
the same operating system soon."
wouldda guessed it'd be a flavor of UNIX.....
"Apple's 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 knows.)
"Windows '95 is a 32-bit operating system."
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®, y'know?
BetaMax was superior, but VHS won out."
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..."
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 the
"New PCs are plug-'n-play."
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 popular today."
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 obvious.
The '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?"
It's not. And by the way: Next time you visit a Ford dealer, be sure to
ask 'em about the new Chevy.
"Macs are too hard to program..."
"Mac users are... such snobs...
They act like they're better'n everybody
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.
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 you Windows users suffer. It's your funeral. Get over
"I hate the Mac! I can't hack [into] the
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" or modifying the System was not an easy thing to do.
"Apple's only got
an (X)% market share!"
Okay, look: In order for this dubious observation to mean
anything at all, you have to make three mistaken assumptions:
1. All computers
have the same capabilities, right out of the box.
2. Buyers carefully evaluate each platform
before making a purchase.
3. Computers all become obsolete at about
the same age.
"There are things you can't do with a Mac."
can't teach a Mac to swim.
"But Mike, you're the only person I know who has a Macintosh."
"If your computer is over 3-years-old, you
probably need a new computer."
friend made this glib observation shortly after I opened the MacShack
in '02. Thanks for your concern, but... dude, you need to get out more!
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 PCs are obsolete right out of the
"Hey! I hear you can run Windows on a Mac
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!"
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.
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
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 teetering between raw hatred
of Microsoft and his fear that the Macintosh might face extinction.
reminds me: Haven't heard much about Apple's market share lately.
"I saw a PC
magazine what said y'all gots security updates now,
jus' like Microsoft does."
You read something about Macs in a PC rag? Gee whiz, do tell!
"Our 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. Used to collecting
bandaids for the hundreds of thousands of Windows viruses in the wild,
he couldn't understand preemptive security updates. As they say,
"misery loves company."
Pondering 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 hard drive. We fixed it.....
"They stole the PC but never touched our
take any brains to be a burglar.
"We havta use PCs, 'cause we use
industry-standard CAD software."
y'say? 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."
"They 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
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 committment 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.
Meanwhile, Apple developed its iWork suite, aka "the Office killer."
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 won. If you're still using a PC, doncha
think it's time to upgrade? We can help w'that.....