That was the title of a random email from someone identified only as Adam. There were no other words, just a single picture:
Oh good, religious spam.
I know the intention is to show how slick and simple Macs are and how complicated, clunky and unreliable PCs are, presumably in an attempt to get me to admit the error of my ways and accept Steve Jobs as the saviour of mankind … but let’s take a closer look.
Both cars have obviously broken down, they’re stationary with the bonnets up.
The PC engine is a complete mess, bits are disconnected, possibly broken, probably cheaply made and not designed to work together, but they are at least identifiable. You can point at each part and say what it should be doing, how and why.
The Mac has nothing recognisable under the bonnet except for one switch, which, inexplicably, hasn’t been mounted inside the car where it would be useful; but at least Mac guy won’t get his spiffy branded clothes dirty.
The PC guy is confused and harried, his car doesn’t work and he’s desperate to fix it. Sooner or later, given enough time, knowledge and skill, he will get his car going. It’s messy, it might take a while but he’s at least got a chance of getting there in the end.
The Mac guy makes no attempt to fix his car and instead opts for the traditional smug grin. He drives a Mac and Macs never break down. The switch is in the on position therefore it’s working perfectly. The fact the car isn’t moving is neither here nor there. Well, okay it is, it’s here; but nobody really wants to drive a car from here to there anyway. That’s not what cars are for …
Until Apple tell him that’s what he wants and release a car which can do that. At which point he’ll be amazed at how Apple have invented this wonderful new technology of a car which moves, an innovation he didn’t even know he wanted.
Meanwhile, both of their wives have slipped off and taken the opportunity to fuck someone more interesting because, let’s face it, computers are fucking boring all the time – no matter how shiny or colour coordinated they are.