Dear Fanboys: Go Away

Do you have any idea how much I loathe the fanboy mentality? I honestly don’t care if you’re an Apple lover, a Microsoft admirer or an Android proponent – you’re all equally insane! Being a fanboy does not mean you enjoy or believe in one product more than another these days. It means that you are so insanely narrow-sighted that you cannot possibly understand that a different brand may just work better for another person – or even yourself.

Hat tip to Chu Chu for this fantastic fanboy depiction!

I had an eye on Twitter a few moments ago, and noticed that a friend was sad to realize that her three-year-old HP TouchSmart is slowly starting to fade. This has been her primary machine since August of 2008, y’all. She works from home and spends about ten hours per day – seven days each week – using the heck out of this beast. I’d say it has held up pretty well, wouldn’t you? Through blogging, Tweeting, video editing and even gaming, this setup has never let her down. Not once in nearly three years has she complained about this piece of equipment being bad, wrong, cheap or poorly made.

Wouldn’t you know it – an Apple fanboy was quick to jump down her throat in a Tweet response. His response? “That’s what you get for buying cheap crap. You should have gotten an iPad.” Fanboysaywhat? Are you serious here? Any computer that holds up for three years under intense usage – with NO upgrades or hardware changes at all – is obviously not “cheap crap” as you claim.

This is what I’m talking about. This person is so blinded by his lust for all things Apple that he has failed to realize his beloved product wouldn’t even work for what she needs. (Let’s also not forget that the iPad didn’t even exist when this particular computer became hers in August, 2008!) Would you honestly attempt to use an iPad as your main computer? If you can then kudos to you. As much as I adore my iPad 2, there is no way in hell I am going to get rid of my desktop. I’m willing to bet most of you wouldn’t, either.

Here’s a tip, fanboys: lighten up. Learn to embrace the fact that other people have different needs, wants and likes than you do. Stop harassing them and shoving your favorites down their throat each time there’s a problem with their favorite product. Guess what? Yours isn’t perfect, either.

27 thoughts on “Dear Fanboys: Go Away”

  1. Very well written Chris. Fanboys need to realise that most of us have a mix of products we use. I use an Iphone 3gs which I absolutely love, apart from the battery which means I have to carry 2 battery charging packs around with me in order to ensure the phone lasts a full work shift. At home I have several desktop pcs because they are cheap and I can easily build and upgrade them, plus most games are made for Windows. I love my desktop pcs yet loathe my laptop which also runs windows. Here I wish I could afford a macbook!! The point of this ramble is to agree with you in that most of us mix and match according what is most suitable for the job and what we can afford to purchase

  2. Very well written Chris. Fanboys need to realise that most of us have a mix of products we use. I use an Iphone 3gs which I absolutely love, apart from the battery which means I have to carry 2 battery charging packs around with me in order to ensure the phone lasts a full work shift. At home I have several desktop pcs because they are cheap and I can easily build and upgrade them, plus most games are made for Windows. I love my desktop pcs yet loathe my laptop which also runs windows. Here I wish I could afford a macbook!! The point of this ramble is to agree with you in that most of us mix and match according what is most suitable for the job and what we can afford to purchase

  3. Chris i couldnt agree any more.It is sad to say we have people who prefer one os over another because they picked it from the begining. Its worthy to say that each has there supreme feats of strength and the let downs. but at the same time no one system/brand/OS is dominent. If someone fanboys like above they have a mind mentality se that is very sad to see.people need to relize that not everyone shares the same opinion. so who cares if you prefer one OS or brand over another? thats your opinion and you have the right to it but when you start throwing put downs because someone is not agreeing with yours means they need a reality check. Thank you for the post it needs to be read by more people.

  4. You’re preaching to the choir Chris!

    I’m like your friend on twitter. I’ve had my Acer 5515 (made and purchased 2008) for nearly 4 years now. I’ve used this to edit videos with Sony Vegas. I’ve used it to emulate Nintendo consoles (no Wii/Gamecube. The 3D card is just strong enough to handle games like Audition but games like that lag my computer with extended use). I’ve used it to Photoshop. I record with Mixcraft. I hold a ton of music, pictures, etc. on this. I often have this on 24/7 and use it on a day to day basis for school work and play. I haven’t updated my OS (And yes it is Vista Home Basic @[email protected] tho I did tweak it to look MAC-ish for aesthetic purposes. I don’t like having a ton of icons on my desktop so I have rocketdock.), or any software except for the microsoft “important” crap they shove down your throat. The only hardware I’ve had to change was the fan late last year since the wiring died and I replaced it. The only other replacement I’ll need in the near future is an AC adapter (The cord goes in and out and stops charging depending on the position it’s in.) and battery (No matter the power setting and no matter the services shut off and lighting dimmed, the battery only lasts 30 minutes.)

    Apple fanboys/girls need to get their heads out of the sand and realize that Apple is/will not be the end all, be all of computer hardware/software. A computer is only as smart as its owner and even an Apple user can eff things up if they work hard enough at it. Acers run in the $375-400 range and I bet you my computer is better than anything brand new I can get at $1000+ because despite my use and abuse, I take care to maintain it.

  5. Honestly, I totally hear what you are saying. I am in complete agreement with what you said.

    But what I really hate, loathe, DESPISE… Are Trolls.

    I know a few fanbois here and there, they get a little annoying sometimes, but I just kind of pat them on the head and say “ok lil guy, go pway wiff yer lil (insert brand here) device.”

    But when I go to different forums and I am reading about something relating to a particular device or service and that one “fanboi troll” has to come in and just spout hatred against that brand for absolutely no reason… Kinda grinds my gears.

    Sorry I am rambling, just a little tired, but I wanted to put in my 2 bits.

  6. Honestly, I totally hear what you are saying. I am in complete agreement with what you said.

    But what I really hate, loathe, DESPISE… Are Trolls.

    I know a few fanbois here and there, they get a little annoying sometimes, but I just kind of pat them on the head and say “ok lil guy, go pway wiff yer lil (insert brand here) device.”

    But when I go to different forums and I am reading about something relating to a particular device or service and that one “fanboi troll” has to come in and just spout hatred against that brand for absolutely no reason… Kinda grinds my gears.

    Sorry I am rambling, just a little tired, but I wanted to put in my 2 bits.

  7. Haha brilliant! Really smart post.
    You forgot one important thing though. This Apple fanboy so clearly demonstrated their unwillingness to listen to what other people say, they clearly didn’t even check WHEN the HP was bought. In August 2008, the iPad didn’t even exist. That makes this argument even stupider than the average fanboy, in my opinion.

  8. Haha brilliant! Really smart post.
    You forgot one important thing though. This Apple fanboy so clearly demonstrated their unwillingness to listen to what other people say, they clearly didn’t even check WHEN the HP was bought. In August 2008, the iPad didn’t even exist. That makes this argument even stupider than the average fanboy, in my opinion.

  9. This is one of my favorite articles. i keep thinking about it a lot. Though i tend to gravitate to certain ecosystems, Windows 7 as of late, I still always know there are bigger and better things elsewhere that I am not aware of yet.

  10. This is one of my favorite articles. i keep thinking about it a lot. Though i tend to gravitate to certain ecosystems, Windows 7 as of late, I still always know there are bigger and better things elsewhere that I am not aware of yet.

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