Believe it or not, there was a time when Apple actually cared about their products and customers. Before all the Ipods, Ipads, Iphones and the Imacs, Apple sold quality computers that were work horses of industry.
When I first began composing music in the mid 90's, I started with an Apple Quadra 650, running Mac OS 8, probably one of the finest operating systems ever made. Even by today’s standards.
Fast and durable, OS 8 pretty much ran flawless. And though my D.A.W., MicroLogic 1.6, was only capable of 16 tracks, I could double and triple stack instruments without stutters or latency issues. Pretty amazing for a 33 MHz processor with 8 megabytes of RAM. It’s hard to believe I did so much with a 500 megabyte SCSI.
Quadra 650 was introduced in 1993, for around $2,500. Still as expensive as today, but much better quality. It was well worth it. Apple repair was almost non-existent and customer service was top notch. They treated you as part of a special club, and you felt like it was because the main users of Apple’s products were serious professionals that worked in specialized fields.
Every major music and film studio around the world ran on Apple computers. Most industry professionals wouldn’t even touch Windows unless it was to play games or go online. Windows users that tried Apple would realize how lousy an operating system it really was. Full of bugs and others issues, it still hasn’t changed much. And Mac’s were virtually virus proof, unlike PC, which was another great selling point.
The difference between Apple and Microsoft used to be noticeably clear, and I stood by & vouched for Apple products proudly. But they took a sinister turn right after the iPhone. Quality is no longer the standard with Apple, just quantity. Continuously pumping overly- hyped and over priced gimmicks made of flimsy garbage, which is no accident. It’s an intentional scheme from the pages of Microsoft’s playbook. The one where you intentionally sabotage quality and longevity to create problems that helps sell more products.
Take the issues of malware and viruses, which have plagued Microsoft users ever since Bill Gates realized the potential market of creating perpetual needs for anti-virus protection. The best way to sell a lot of something is to create a need, not a desire. And the best way to create a need for something is through fear.
Maintaining a constant fear from the never ending threats of infectious computer plagues is what generated billions of dollars for Microsoft. Not good business sense or quality products, but sleazy, unethical, scams. Without the issues and threats, they wouldn’t be where they are. And the sick part is that it works extremely well. I call it the booby trap factor. By intentionally creating malware and virus, anti-malware/virus becomes a necessity.
Apple has been out just as long, if not longer, and there still no actual virus that effects Mac’s. You don’t think Microsoft could have done the same thing a long time ago? They could but it wouldn’t be as profitable.
Purchasing a computer intentionally loaded with useless crapware and bloatware can cause future problems, and starting you out with the worst possible setup is their standard.
Microsoft also intentionally creates malware and virus. Hell, it can even be said that Windows itself is malware. I know some people refuse to believe that, and of course, Gates himself would deny it. But I happen to know it’s true. I knew someone who worked on a Windows team for the purpose of creating bugs and malware. Despite having to sign a confidentiality agreement, he spilled the beans. Maybe out of guilt in the middle of a drunken stupor…who knows? But others have said the same thing.
But that’s how most large corporations work, by thinking of new ways to screw people. Creating problems for Windows allowed Microsoft to create the expensive problem solving software that so many people rely on. Anti-virus software itself can basically be malware, causing problems of its own.
Greedy self centered people like Gates only care about one thing…money! Never satisfied with just selling products they need to come up with new ways to keep taking money. Windows never ending updates is how a lot of malware gets injected into computers.
Everyday it works behind the scenes doing god knows what, including making unauthorized changes to settings. And Microsoft uses the same techniques that hackers use to get into computers, mainly through remote settings.
The reason Windows 10 was forced on people is because it’s the introduction software to a new era of eliminating user control.
Microsoft claimed that Windows 10 was a much faster and safer OS, but it wasn’t true. Windows 7 is far better than 10, and more secure, which is why they discontinued its support.
A huge company that spends 80% of its time making sure nobody gets stuff for free, even though they themselves don’t mind getting things for free, and that over charges for everything, suddenly wants to give away their supposed newest and best operating system for free. To give something away that they claim is faster and safer for free, should be a red flag.
And not just offering it, actually forcing it on users who didn’t want or need it. Even going as far as tricking people into downloading it, by making the little “X” in the corner of a window, to close it out, as the start button for automatic downloads.
And the same dirty douche who intentionally makes viruses to profit from anti-virus software is now doing it in real life with vaccines. HELLO!!
Microsoft is all about control. Eliminating competition to control the market. Eliminating user control. And other sleazy tactics that paved the way for other companies to do the same. The new goal now is to eliminate ownership and control, so whatever you purchase will actually be leased as a way for them to generate perpetual income.
And that’s exactly what Apple has also started doing. Plus we not only pay for shitty quality, but also through the damages being caused to our surroundings by toxic materials improperly disposed of.
Apple intentionally makes their products weak. And if they had to the take responsible of fixing them, it would cost them the large sums of money they steal from us by selling those shitty products.
The insanity is people don’t seem to mind. They continue buying those shitty products, regardless of quality. And that’s why Apple has made a business of doing it.
There used to be unspoken pride in owning a Mac. It wasn’t just a fad or the cool thing to have. It was simply for the need a reliable product you could depend on. And it felt good knowing if anything went wrong (which rarely happened) you could quickly and easily get it fixed without hassle. Try that today.
As for me, someone who once loved Apple, my changed feelings speak volumes. In this day and age I feel there should be better quality products with more choices than a few shitty companies. If anything, it should spark the innovation of better products from new companies who are honest and reliable. Companies that care more about their reputation and customers than just money is a thing of the past.
Tim Cook has destroyed Apple faster than it took Steve Jobs to build it. And it’s all because he’s following the path of Gates. And that will lead down the road to far worse.
Corporations like Microsoft, AT&T, Samsung, Sony and Apple have no shame, or empathy or desire to do the right thing. Worst of all, they have nothing fear because they can (and will) go as far as we let them. There’s no end to what we are willing to allow. If we can’t control or repair our own products and devices, do we really own them? Do we really wanna live in a world where nothing we buy is actually ours? I don’t.
I’ll end this with an excerpt from Wikipedia about a legal case involving Microsoft, just to show exactly how they operate.
The suit began on May 18, 1998, with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Attorneys General of twenty U.S. states (and the District of Columbia) suing Microsoft for illegally thwarting competition in order to protect and extend its software monopoly. …also …for violating a 1994 consent decree by forcing computer makers to include its Internet browser as a part of the installation of Windows software….
Bill Gates was called “evasive and nonresponsive” by a source present at his videotaped deposition. He argued over the definitions of words such as “compete”, “concerned”, “ask”, and “we”; certain portions of the proceeding would later provoke laughter from the judge, when an excerpted version was shown in court. Businessweek reported that “early rounds of his deposition show him offering obfuscatory answers and saying ‘I don’t recall’ so many times that even the presiding judge had to chuckle….
A number of videotapes were submitted as evidence by Microsoft during the trial, including one that demonstrated that removing Internet Explorer from Microsoft Windows caused slowdowns and malfunctions in Windows. In the videotaped demonstration of what then-Microsoft vice president Jim Allchin stated to be a seamless segment filmed on one PC, the plaintiff noticed that some icons mysteriously disappear and reappear on the PC’s desktop, suggesting that the effects might have been falsified. Allchin admitted that the blame for the tape problems lay with some of his staff. “They ended up filming it — grabbing the wrong screen shot”, he said of the incident. Later, Allchin re-ran the demonstration and provided a new videotape, but in so doing Microsoft dropped the claim that Windows is slowed down when Internet Explorer is removed. Mark Murray, a Microsoft spokesperson, berated the government attorneys for “nitpicking on issues like video production”.
Microsoft submitted a second inaccurate videotape into evidence later the same month as the first. The issue in question was how easy or hard it was for America Online users to download and install Netscape Navigator onto a Windows PC. Microsoft’s videotape showed the process as being quick and easy, resulting in the Netscape icon appearing on the user’s desktop. The government produced its own videotape of the same process, revealing that Microsoft’s videotape had conveniently removed a long and complex part of the procedure and that the Netscape icon was not placed on the desktop, requiring a user to search for it. Brad Chase, a Microsoft vice president, verified the government’s tape and conceded that Microsoft’s own tape was falsified.
When the judge ordered Microsoft to offer a version of Windows which did not include Internet Explorer, Microsoft responded that the company would offer manufacturers a choice: one version of Windows that was obsolete, or another that did not work properly. The judge asked, “It seemed absolutely clear to you that I entered an order that required that you distribute a product that would not work?” David Cole, a Microsoft vice president, replied, “In plain English, yes. We followed that order. It wasn’t my place to consider the consequences of that.”