And now to lighten the tone again, I hope y'all find sum-this-fun-knee
You Know You're an Apple Fan Boy When…
[Excerpts From: Datamation.com by Ryan Faas April 13, 2009]
12) You own more than one book on Apple history or biographies of Apple luminaries.
Few companies have inspired the range of books on their history, products, developers and executives – and even their fans and customers – to the extent that Apple has.
If you’re a true Apple fan, you’ve probably read one or several of these books, such as:
Or, you've seen one of the many documentaries or movies, including:
13) You’re currently scouring every Snow Leopard and iPhone OS 3.0 rumor and may know more than members of Apple’s developer programs.
Back on the rumor front, if you’re a true Apple fan, you’re probably checking every rumor or leaked screen shot of both the upcoming Snow Leopard and the iPhone OS 3.0. You may even know more about upcoming features than some casual software developers!
14) You still have fond memories of the Mac OS X Public Beta – extra points if you still own a copy.
The initial release of Mac OS X as a public beta in 2000 was unique for Apple in that the company is usually very closed about future products.
However, Apple solicited a great deal of feedback with a public beta and preview of Mac OS X. If you can still remember the gripes about changes that Apple was contemplating – and did eventually change – based on user comments (like the removal of the Apple menu and placement of an Apple logo in the middle of the menu bar), you’re probably a serious and long-time Mac fan. And if you still have a copy kicking around, you’re definitely a serious fan.
….(I LUV this last one!)
15) You point out instances of Macs and iPhones in movies and TV shows.
Apple has long-running history of getting its products on the big and small screens from the parade of Macs on Jerry Seinfeld’s desk and the PowerBook that brought down an alien spaceship in Independence Day, all the way through the constant parade of iPhones on the current season of 30 Rock.
If you can identify a Mac whenever it appears onscreen, you’re on your way to earning your fan card (and if you can typically identify Mac models, particularly vintage ones, then you should already have it).
Not sure how important this is, but GPS issue on some Galaxy S's.
Yea, there are quite a few issues with the Galaxy S phones, GPS being one of them. Ironically, reception seems to be one another problem, although most people think it is a software issue as oppose to hardware since dropped calls aren't really a problem (or so most users claim). Battery is also a problem.
I hear Android 2.2 Froyo makes major improvements in just about every area of the phones.
Here are a few more signs…You Know You're an Apple Fan Boy (or Girl)When… :
8) You’ve looked up 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino CA in Google Earth – extra points if you’ve actually driven there just to see Apple HQ in person.
Wanting to see the mother ship is perfectly understandable for an Apple fan, and Google provides some easy ways to do it. The Apple campus has been home to many historic firsts, after all.
And no one can fault you for stopping by just to look if you’re already in or driving by Silicon Valley. However, if you start planning a special trip with your airline miles solely to see Apple HQ with your own eyes, at least make certain to plan some other vacation activities for the trip (or risk being branded as one of the truly big-time Apple fans).
9) You’ve participated in a Mac vs. Windows flame war on a tech news site, blog, forum, or email list.
With the exception of religion and politics, nothing seems to excite debate and visceral fighting in a discussion forum the way Mac vs. Windows debates do.
We’ve all read an anti-Mac comment (I wouldn’t be surprised if there end up being a few at the end of this article) and we’ve all probably wanted to inform the commenter with more accurate facts.
But, once the argument degenerates into name-calling or personal attack and any factual discussion flies out the window, it’s time to be the bigger person and walk away.
10) You’ve created a Hackintosh.
A Hackintosh has become a common term for a PC that has had Mac OS X installed on it. Although this process violates Apple’s end user license agreement for Mac OS X (and therefore shouldn’t be condoned), many fans have undertaken the process with tools like OSx86 and modified boot loaders.
But, if you’ve done this, it certainly gives you both geek and fan boy credit. Lately, the big Hackintosh challenge has been installing Mac OS X on a netbook – so serious extra fan points if you’ve opted to not wait to see if Apple is eventually going to release a Mac netbook and taken matters into your own hands.
Hackintoshing isn't always because the Hackintosher is a fanboy/girl. I did it simply because I wanted a challenge-but it turns out that the process is amazingly easy and doesn't even require a modified disc anymore, so it's a lot more doable and a whole lot easier.
Hackintoshing is 100% different now than it was when that was written.
I agree – Hackintoshs are not necessarily for fanboys. In fact, I would agree Hackintoshs are not for fanboys because fanboys would have a Mac of their own (hence no need for an Hackintosh).
Aren't Hackintoshs illegal? I probably should ban all talk about them =O.
Yeah, I think they're illegal.
@Karen: http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_i9000_galaxy_s_vs_apple_iphone_4-review-500.php is probably one of the most professional review of iPhone 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S out there.
More signs…You Know You're an Apple Fan Boy (or Girl) When… :
"6) You’ve modded a Mac (or iPod or iPhone). Extra points if you put the guts of a recent Mac into a vintage Mac.
Modding has been a part of Apple culture since the original Apple I and Apple II, which lent themselves to upgrades of all kinds.
In more recent times, modding Macs with custom cases, turning dead Macs into classic Macs (or Apple II floppy drives) have become common pastimes for many.
The efforts are often impressive – but clearly prove you’re an Apple fanster and not a casual user.
7) You collect vintage Apple computers, peripherals, software, and MacWorld memorabilia.
Apple hardware is often like the Energizer bunny – it just keeps running, sometimes long after it’s capable of handling any modern Mac OS releases or software.
As a result, it’s natural to want to hang onto these functioning pieces of Apple/tech history. And let’s face it, occasionally using a Mac Plus running System 6 can be a fun trip down geek memory lane. But, if you’ve run out of closet space, filled your attic, or need to park your car outside because you’re garage is too filled with old Macs, you may have a little bit of a problem."
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