...Linux users versus Mac users and certainly Linux users versus Windows-based PC users...
Agree, Linux users are either going to be un-defineable (in the case of embedded systems where they have no choice) or the likes of you, me, Nuts, VS and the lot. In this case, since we're talking about normal users, I think it still applies. It's fair to say that we are not normal users
Only a fool would buy a product sight unseen with no definite specs.
LOL The value of a gadget should be defined by what you can accomplish with it, rather than technical specs. I'll reiterate here that most of the critics of Apple equipment know the price of everything, but struggle to understand the value of anything. Fools and penny pinchers abound, and they'll get what they desire and deserve with their expenditures. As do I.
Then he tells the sheeple go to the desert to wait for the imother-ship to pick you up and take u iplanet.
Then when the iship does not show up he tells the sheeple, ohhh nooo all ur dollars disappeared since u did not have enuff ifaith
Truth is stranger than fiction, and our country and people in general certainly fall into that category.
It is unfortunate to me that, because there are such things as fanbois, we lump all Apple purchases into that same bucket - as we would "idiots == Windows" which is just as bad. I am not a fanboi of Apple or Steve Jobs - I am a fan of what works and getting lots of success with my expenditures of money, time and effort. Herein, Apple has provided me with unmatchable success in all categories. I did not start with Apple - it's come and gone throughout my life and career. It came back in after about 5 years of pure Linux (a bit of Solaris as well), which followed Windows since 3.1, which followed DOS which followed Apple's BASIC which followed APL on a System 370. I've always liked the company and wished them well, but it's only been in the last 5 years or so that their offering really made sense for me. Since then, the advent of the iPod, iPhone and now (it looks like) the 'pad are excellent incremental advances in my technical capability, and are fun and appeal to my toy/gadget side as well.
I can purchase an iPad sight-unseen like I would many different musical artists' work. I don't need proof before hand to know that (an artist) will be wonderful for me. This does not mean that I will purchase *anything* sight unseen - I waited a couple years on the iPod, almost a month before my iPhone. And new desktop machines are purely based on my new need, not Apple's marketing. So to assume that any blind purchase is foolish belies a fundamental lack of understanding of OTHER people's intuition and desires.
It is Apple's understanding of how to make people stand in the desert and wait for the spaceship that we should be focusing on, not the relative merits of the product itself - the product will or won't have benefit, that is obvious. It's Apple's understanding of people that is really fascinating, and can be used to assist US in making people wait in the desert as well