I hate computers.
I used to love computers. I used to want to study computer science and write computer programs. I taught myself HTML back when it was new and the only thing to use to write web pages, and designed web pages and choose-your-own-adventure games. I was one of four girls at computer camp in 7th grade.
I don’t know what happened. Something inside me snapped, or I came to my senses, or something. But I hate computers.
This is why I use a Mac. See, you hardly even realize that you’re operating a computer. You don’t have to do anything to make it work properly. It knows what to do when you want to open a PDF or a photo editing program. It already recognizes the file extensions you work with without you having to program them all in. No command prompts or run file lines or function this- or- that. Nope. All there. It just works, all by itself.
Until it doesn’t. Your Mac mysteriously stops working, and it is reduced from a beautiful, easy to operate, high functioning machine– nay, it is practically a personal assistant, that’s how little you thought about “using” it… it just does its job– into a useless hunk of plastic who’s production is destroying the atmosphere and precious metals that were probably mined by child slaves. I’m not kidding about the child slaves.
And then you’re screwed, because the vast majority of people who operate Macs have no idea how to actually use them. And so when it breaks, it is catastrophic. Unless you paid the extra $100/year to ensure that a Mac expert (ahem. a “Genius.” those cheeky bastards.) is standing by in case your Mac decides to self-destruct.
But nooooooo. Macs are so effing reliable. They never break. Why would I need to buy Apple Care?
PC owners, particularly those with Linux-based machines, on the other hand, know how to use computers, because they are constantly having to do things in order to make the PC function properly. Installing drivers (what the hell is a driver anyway? I have never had to install a driver on a Mac), running commands (I don’t even know where the Mac command function is, or what I would use it for), configuring networks (my Mac just “found” my wireless network without my having to instruct it): these are all things I have had to do or wished I knew how to do in the two or so days that I’ve been trying to operate a PC. You have to know how to use an effing computer in order to operate a PC.
And I hate computers.