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1997-2008

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Mack Diesel as he calls himself has been an Apple and lately PC warrior for over ten years. He's still working on his PhD in macro biology and supports himself as not only a lab assistant but also a network administrator. Here's his 'dear Steve'.

You walked into my life nearly 11 years ago, selling yourself as being better than the others. While I wasn't entirely convinced, others prodded me to give you a chance. So I did.

Over the years, you flaked out on me, lost some of my stuff, and more often than not made me spend more on you than I normally would, yet I was still convinced to stick by you.

But you aren't what you used to be anymore. You have made me spend more than what you are worth. You no longer have me convinced that you are a necessity in my life. You have changed, yet you somehow manage to dupe others into thinking that you're still cool when you're nothing more than a shell of your former self.

And for that, I have no choice but to part ways with you.

Goodbye and good riddance.

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As of early this morning, my nearly 11-year love affair with Apple has come to an end.

Mack got himself a ThinkPad 'R61i with some extra goodies for a mere $750' and he'll run mostly FOSS on it.

I need a machine that will last me for years to come, has a proven reputation for reliability, is meant for business, and won't pick my pocket for every little thing. I won't be burned again by mediocre hardware with a mediocre system that has deprecated into another wobbly fanboy OS.

This is the kind of thing that's going to happen a lot more often with the new customer policy at Apple Inc.

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