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Comment on "Timing of iMac and Mini Announcements"
by Dan Price — Sep 07
I work in IT, and the change in attitude towards Apple in the last 18 months has been nothing short of miraculous. As a long time Mac user, I was often forced to defend my decision to stick with it; sometimes even to myself and in the dark post Windows 95 days, that was hard. Even those who introduced me to the Mac were soon using Windows exlusively and getting software or peripherals was a nightmare.

Now, a huge number of people I know use macs at home; there's even a local user group and that was unheard of 10 years ago. A strong product line, standardization, security and the fact that most things from Apple just 'work' out of the box are key factors.

Also, I think the wider computing population has 'grown up' in appreciating the value of computer equipment. PCs dominated the market because the casual user knew the cost of everything, but the value of nothing. Now, with experiance, this has changed.

Insanely great times. I'm also really appreciative of the online community (like this journal). The Mac development community has matured a lot too and it's all so accessable now.
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