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  • I'll admit it. In the days of my youth, I managed a Babbages software store, and laughed and rolled my eyes at the mac users. As time went on we would laugh at things like cooperative multitasking and single button mice.

    Macs were for people who didn't know better, or so I thought. I watched the launch of OSX and thought it was pretty. I read buzzwords like Mach and Darwin and references to NeXT and I was happily puzzled. I used a NeXT slab in college in a Calculus class to run Mathematica, so I knew what it could do.

    But it wasn't until I started reading stories on places like slashdot (around the time of the 10.1 release) about people who were "Switching" before Apple ever thought to make that a buzzword. Then, a friend of mine, the last person I'd ever expect to do so, bought a TiBook.

    I'm lucky to live in a town with an Apple store. So I sauntered in and played with one of the new iMacs. I was absolutely blown away by the interface. So I dug more. It's unix? I had just left Windows for a laptop running Gentoo Linux and KDE3, but wasn't satisfied. I started finding reasons to find places that sold Macs so I could play. I was hooked. I ended up with an iBook 700 14" with a combo drive.

    Quite simply, this is the most useful computer I've ever used, bar none. I'll admit, I feel guilty about the shit that people like me gave original mac users. I still think MacOS 9 and before has nothing to offer me, but I continue to be astounded by X.

    Guys like you are still needed, however. You've already answered two big questions for me, and I'm sure that there will be more.