Apr 27 2009
– eMac, iMac, No Dvorak
By: Jon Gales
I’ve been following John Dvorak for several years. If you haven’t
heard of him, Mr. Dvorak is a PC Magazine
contributing editor and a vocal anti-Macintosh pundit. I’ve heard him complain
about an array of Apple products (most notably the iBook which he dubbed a Hello
Kitty purse). He recently let loose an article that articulates his ignorance,
i-Mac, No Mac". Now, I could pick on the mistakes in his title…
It’s supposed to be eMac and iMac (no dashes) but I won’t even touch on that
Bias is to be expected –
especially in the sensitive topic of computing platforms. I’m biased towards
the Macintosh but Dvorak has gone overboard:
Isn’t it about
time the Macintosh was simply discontinued—put down like an old dog?
**BIAS ALERT** There aren’t
many responses (ones that exclude the words I’m not allowed to use on this
site) that would make a whole lot of sense. I’ll just let you laugh at this
The company also rolled out some blade computers for Mac-heads who like running
massive Web sites with Mac technology. The obvious next iteration of the Mac
will be the current Luxo-looking i-Mac with a bigger screen and probably new
colors. After that, what is Apple going to do?
Nope… Not blade computers! They all have CPU’s
and cooling units and are all fully functional computers. They take up 1U
and have G4 chips. Do yourself a favor, visit Apple.com.
Also what did they do when they had the CRT? The made a better iMac. That’s
what Apple does… They keep improving!
The Lisa was designed with ideas lifted from the Xerox Star. The Mac
was an improvement, but apparently there hasn’t been a new idea since.
How about the iMac
which has been one of the best selling computer lines of all time – millions
upon millions of happy customers. How about dumping the floppy when most PC’s
still have one but no one uses it. How about adding FireWire
to every computer they make. How about Final
Cut Pro (most people don’t know that almost every movie trailer is edited
down with FCP). How about iDVD.
How about adding support for 802.11b
in all their machines before most people knew what it was. How about QuickTime
Streaming Server (it’s free unlike something from Real and it’s used throughout
the industry by media giants like CNN).
How about Remote
Desktop. How about OS
Dvorak’s fundamental beef
is that he wants Macintosh to die (no real motive except he’s a die hard PC
weenie). His weenie status is evident every time he talks about Apple. He always
screws up his facts. Whether it’s on Silicon Spin (a discontinued TV show) and
he gets the specs of the iPod wrong, or if it’s the capitalization in computer
models he is always wrong when it comes to Apple. As most loyal’s know Apple
has been getting death announcements (more than probably any other profitable
company) for many years but they have all been ungrounded. After Jobs got on
board (for the second time) Apple has taken a lot of ground. After the Switch
campaign started I’ve gotten even more confident that what John Dvorak spews
is just a desperation call. He can’t possibly stand being wrong.
is an editorial piece. All comments should be sent directly to Jon**