Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why it's never too late to become an elitist snob

I've never been one to be swayed by slick packaging and hip advertising trends. I mean, I like John Hodgman. Am I the only one? Plus, the whole "let's beat up on PCs" campaign just makes me want to root for the underdog. In fact, I've pretty much gone my whole life trying to avoid buying Apple products. So, you're telling me that it's more expensive and I can't right-click? Thanks, but you'll have to pry my PC from my cold, dead, double-and-right-clicking hands. Similarly, for Christmas five years ago when my then-boyfriend hinted about getting me an mp3 player I said, "An mp3 player but not an iPod." Probably for the same reason I resisted joining Facebook for so long and steadfastly refuse to "tweet" anything. Just to be contrary.

All of which is to say, of course...
Welcome to the dark side

...that I should be receiving my order in 1-6 business days.

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Because sometimes when your life sort of sucks, and you live in a small town in the middle of nowhere, and you have no savings account, no health insurance, and haven't worked full-time in going on four years now, the only thing to do is make a fiscally irresponsible purchase. Because, it's a quality of life issue, you will tell yourself.

Oh, I didn't enter into this lightly, believe me. At first I asked myself, Is this something I can reasonably ask my parents to get me for Christmas? What if I tell them that this is the only thing I want for Christmas and my birthday? For the next five years? Then I thought back to Christmases past and realized that, no
, it was not at all something I could reasonably ask for and with any degree of certainty expect to receive. And so I took matters into my own hands checkbook APR gauging credit card like the nearly 30-year-old adult that I am.

But what form has my new found elitist snobbery taken? Care to take a guess? Is it...

(in order of least to most fiscally irresponsible)

an iPod Shuffle?
an iPod Nano?
an iPod Touch?
an iPhone?
a MacBook?

What about you, Internet? Are you an Apple person or a PC person? Have you gone or would you ever consider going to the dark side? Inquiring minds want to know.


  1. A PC for me every time. And I don't own an Ipod or an MP3 or whatever! But then again, I'm getting older.... And I can't guess your elitist snobbery investment.... I'll just wait for the next bulletin. :-)

  2. We have an old iPod that my husband bought over 3 years ago. And a MacBook because both of our laptops took a nosedive around the same time, and Husband wanted this one. I said okay, and for a good month hated it and considered throwing it outside a window, because I couldn't figure out how anything worked.

    Perhaps an iPhone is what you bought? My best friend has one and seems to like it, although she gets crap reception in her apt. so on top of her expensive phone she also has a home line. Eh.

  3. I prefer Macs, but until I have more money coming in won't be buying them any more.

    They cost at least three times their equivalent in PC and break after 2 years, if not sooner.

    That said, they don't get viruses and they are much more compatible with anything that needs to be plugged into them (camera, printer, etc.).

  4. i'm guessing that if this warrants a post like this that it's probably the most "fiscally irresponsible" choice- the computer (are we allowed to use that word to refer to a mac?).

    i too asked for an mp3 player one year for Christmas, but received an ipod nano. turns out i liked it, and i'm on my second. i'm still loyal to the pc, though.

  5. I almost justified buying a MacBook the other day because I was convinced I could start a business with it and it would pay for itself. (I then realized that was all crazy talk. MacBook != magic.)

    I have a Zune that I was given when I asked for a ukulele. It's OK. I would have preferred an iPod, but I guess the person who got it for me thought I was still bitter about the time my iBook and iPod hard drives both crashed within hours of each other.

  6. I am a Mac girl. It stems from this piece of crap dell laptop that I had in college that ran on millenium (the brief windows operating system that lasted like 3 days because it was such crap)...I called that thing the bastard and swore up down and centre that I'd NEVER own another pc.

  7. I started with the Ipod. And then Macbook. And even later on, the Iphone. They are all good - I've never looked back.

    Welcome to bad, kickass side. It rocks! Seriously, there's nothing better...

  8. After my piece of crap HP crapped out last year, we caved to the pretty and bought a mac, and I love it. We haven't had any problems with it-no viruses, it hasn't crashed, it runs well, it's easy to use. I will never go back.

    My husband is required to use a PC for his work, and his running mantra is, "Vista is the best thing that ever happened to Apple." He hates it with a passion, and quite frankly, I like John Hodgman too, but I don't think the Mac/PC commercials are mean, just right.

    I'm going to say you went with the MacBook. Whatever you got, I hope you like it!

  9. I'm a PC girl, but I have an ipod shuffle. Like you I resisted...but now it's only a matter of time before I get an iphone. I only have so much willpower!

  10. Mac all the way! I've never used any other computer, either desktop or laptop, both at work and at home, and I've rarely had problems. I know they cost more, but in my experience, Mac products are so much more reliable and don't get viruses, so peace of mind is worth it. And I love the iPod colours (of course mine is pink)!

    PS - Did you get an iPhone?

  11. I am a total Mac girl. Have been since the very first Apple computers way back in middle school. In fact, I've never even owned a PC. I love how easy my Mac is to use and maintain and mine have always lasted forever.(I just retired an ibook that I used for 7 years, including 3 years of very heavy use in grad school).

    Also, there's a small chance that I maybe own 4 ipods. ;-)

  12. I'm going to hasard a guess and say iPhone or iPod, because going from cold, dead, right-clicking hands to Macbook heaven seems like a stretch. Hmm...
    I can see you wanting an iPhone. Am I right? huh?

  13. I'm going for the iphone. But only because I was the same as you - anti-apple, anti-FB and anti-twitter. But all three of them slowly ate away at me, and I found myself signing up for FB & twitter. And then I eventually became one of the only ones without an iphone and I admit it - I let my jealousy of all their fancy apps get the best of me and I broke down and bought one. But I am still a blackberry girl at heart (or at least that's what I keep telling myself). lol

  14. As a designer/ web developer I often scoffed at for running on a pc. I think the whole mac crap is an elitest bunch of crap. HOWEVER! I am currently commenting from my iPhone, thee best purchase I've ever made. It has changed my life ;) I am hoping you made the same purchase.

  15. i have an ipod and a macbook but no iPhone (although i do want one, if only to be able to play bejeweled blitz everywhere now).

    (and i haven't worked full-time since before i came to france which is going on over six years now. )

    we're glad you joined us on the dark side.
    we have cookies.

  16. I'm an Apple girl - all the way - once you go over to a Mac, you can never go back! You'll wonder why it's taken you so long and why you've been using something so stupid as Windows for all these years! ; )

  17. if its a quality of life move, it has to be an iphone. whatever it is i am happy- chances are whatever you bought will render your cadillac of an mp3 player obsolete!! yay for apples!!

  18. Welcome to the dark side! We have cookies, and beauuuutiful apples (yes, I'm a mac-girl)

    I'm hoping for the macbook!

  19. I am a cheapo PC person, but my iphone is slowly changing my mind.

  20. I like my mac because it's pretty.

    I don't own an ipod or anything, though. Don't really need one.

    I'm not very tech-savvy.