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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.

What Turns Someone into a Fanatic?

A question about Justin Bieber on Lockergnome got me thinking. Baoster was wondering why it is some people “love” JB while others loathe him. There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground… it’s one extreme or the other with this kid. The same holds true with many of the technology devices on the market today, such as the iPhone 4 and HTV EVO 4G.

What is it about people and devices that turn otherwise intelligent people (some – not all!) into blithering idiots? What makes them so blind to other things and ideas? Why do you feel that certain pieces of technology – or particular teen pop sensations – are canonized?

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The New Rituals of Manhood: When Technology Obsessed Opinions Turn To Hatred

This is a guest post written by Imei Hsu, RN, MAC, LMHC.

For Apple iPhone 4OS fans, it’s Christmas in late June.

Millions of iPhone users will be picking up a pre-ordered phone or skipping happily to their doors when the delivery person arrives Wednesday June 23 and Thursday June 24, whilst newly recruited buyers will wrap their hands around their first iPhone.

As the “n00b of Social Media” and an observer to the cult-like following of the new iPhone 4OS, I’ll make my first light-hearted predictions: 1) AT&T will likely suffer a day’s disaster on their network from the surge of new users, 2) You won’t find many lines at Apple stores for the iPhone, as savvy customers have been alerted to how they can obtain iPhones without long lines, and 3) Android fanboys will continue to downplay the new iPhone 4OS’s features while punishing users and reviewers of Android products if they do not sing the praises of their beloved OS and features to the right tune.

As a psychotherapist, I lay on the table this statement: by opening my mouth and sharing my opinion, I know that some people might make it their personal mission statement to vomit something lewd, judgmental, or demeaning simply because they don’t agree with my opinion. This, in fact, is what has been happening on the Internet in such forums as Facebook updates and Youtube comments found on the pages of technology bloggers and reviewers.

If you take a few minutes to scan through the comments on Chris Pirillo’s video impressions on the HTC EVO 4G, as well as his impressions on the iOS 4 update as recorded from the HTC Evo, and finally the 12 things to love about the HTC EVO 4G, it doesn’t take a geek to notice a shift in the comments away from questions or descriptions about the products themselves. Without warning, comments contained character assumptions and assassinations, name calling, and unsubstantiated comparisons to just about anything in the universe.

Here’s a few “tame” examples (the worst were removed), in italics, below:

What a HATER…….remove the iphone from your colon….everyone loves this phone except you…no one is that stupid like (mr. likes dressing up his gay dogs) makes them out to be

I imagine your entire LIFE is too complicated and SUCKS.

This is what happens when you have Apple fanboy-ism invading on anything other than Apple. Apple could make a Tonka-like toy with one button and moo’s every time that button is pressed and these fanboys will say it’s better than absolutely anything on the market.

He didn’t point out any flaws. His whole purpose was to try and make the phone look stupid (it doesn’t SAY to swipe downward .. so the phone is dumb!). Actually.. he’s dumb. “Is WiFi on??” Well, idiot… try READING THE MANUAL! Does the phone have to provide moron tips on every screen to make this guy happy? For someone ‘reviewing’ smart phones he’s an idiot.

I can’t help but be fascinated by this phenomenon. What exactly are we seeing here? Humor me as I share with you my personal theory about why these tech-obsessed commenters have moved from opinion into hate statements against another person’s character and intelligence.

While society used to have rites of passage for young boys to prove their manhood, today’s kids have little left to them than the ability to pay for their tux and tails at a senior ball and an adult’s talk on how to use a condom to prevent a pregnancy and the spread of STD’s. If you click on the handles/names of the commenters, you’ll find that the majority of the “haters” are under the age of 25. Spelling and grammatical errors tip off readers when commenters age ranges are more likely 12 – 15 years old. If you’re a 12 – 15 year old boy (who likely isn’t even paying for the phone or the computer he uses), what would be one way to let people know you are a force to contend with?

Social scientists have an answer for that: Bare your teeth. Growl. Do what you can to get attention. These actions were all parts of rites of passages for young boys to prove that they belong to the world of men. They are no longer their mother’s boys. And these rites of passage are all but lost in the modern world of technology. Or are they?

Elizabeth Landau recently posted an interesting study about men’s health issues on Dr. Gupta’s blog for CNN. com. In her article, she cites a British study about men’s voices as an accurate predictor of the physical size of men and their ability to fight.

I’m wondering if social media platforms such as Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Youtube are being adopted by teens and young men as an urban rite of passage. Without a spear to catch a fish or kill a giraffe for food, boys may be turning to the Internet to hunt for proof of their ability to “take on” the giants. They have access to technology writers, big companies, and celebrities in ways they didn’t have just five years ago. And what better way to quickly demonstrate the fight within them than to defend and use the tools they have to take their giants down?

If my theory is correct, what we’re seeing in the commentary thread is a fight against shame (i.e. Am i worthy? Am I tough?) fronted by a defense of one’s most beloved tools (an OS, a laptop, a smart phone, a software program, a platform). The tools are what allows these voices to be heard for their growls and grunts, and these must be defended at all costs. If and when the tools become obsolete or shown to be inferior, might the user also feel a sense of inferiority and shame? Does this explain the over-response we’re seeing in the commentary threads?

The fight becomes about the sword, not the samurai.

When there is nothing left to be done, the commenter moves onto character assassination mode. Get ready for some of the most boring use of expletives you have ever seen. [BTW, in my private practice, I remind clients that they should feel free to swear, but only if they do so in an interesting way]. Be prepared for a host of subjective and unsubstantiated comments, especially about your appearance, IQ, the way you sound, their projections and speculations about your sexual orientation or practices, or the level of happiness you may or may not be experiencing.

All in all, Social Media users should be prepared for less mature users to project their mother and father issues on you. They want validation for their tools, which they can then attribute to their own sense of character and self-esteem. Yes people, we’re seeing a correlation between online gaming and real life at its best: he who has the best tools gets the girl, has the charmed life, and wins the crowd. [Yuck.] It’s just not true. You still need to be a decent person. And for now, you still have to know how to write [there could be a day when writing becomes obsolete. But I digress.]

Rather than taking it personally, I would encourage readers to look beyond the commentary. Someone only defends something when he feels threatened. The threat could simply be a fight to belong. And ironically, the young samurai inside the armor may be trying to sock you in the arm to see if you will accept him. Don’t scrub comments that do not cross the boundaries of vulgarity and disrespect; allow these young samurai to learn from the community as well as the greater society about the reality of action and reaction.

Soon enough, they all learn what the rest of us know all too well: whatever gets said on Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter ends up on Google forever. And ever. Amen.

B. Imei Hsu is a nurse psychotherapist, professional dance artist and instructor, and occasional guest blogger for Lockergnome. She continues to write about her 365-1/4 days as “the n00b of Social Media.” She owns an Android phone, a MacBook, and iPad, and a low-tech Siamese cat. And no, she did not pre-order an iPhone OS4.

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When she’s not scrubbing her websites for foul language, she’s frolicking in the sun in Seattle, WA.

iPhone 3GS vs HTC Evo 4G: Battery Life


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My initial impressions of the HTC Evo 4G were attacked for various reasons, some people going as far as to blame me for somebody else’s shortcomings. It wasn’t a review (hence, containing the word “impressions” in the title). Now, since I didn’t mention it directly in this video – yes, Sprint did send me the device to play with (and I purchased the iPhone with my own money).

Some of you accused me for being an Apple fanboi (and looking at an Android device through rose-tinted glasses). Okay, fine – let’s see how the HTC Evo 4G stacks up against the iPhone 3GS as far as battery life is concerned.

Oh, and… you might wanna read these posts from fellow Android fans at Gizmodo and TechCrunch subsidiary MobileCrunch.

I’m not the only one claiming that the HTC Evo 4G’s battery life leaves something to be desired. Still, I’m sure several of you will take this as an opportunity to tell me that I’m biased again… despite having shown you just how well these two devices stack up in terms of core functionality.

I’d much rather have 60% battery life left at the end of the day of average usage compared to 15% after not having used the device at all. Swapping batteries? Sure. People love carrying extra batteries around – and they love the added expense, too.

After reading some of the commentary left on YouTube for this video, I’m not sure whether to laugh, cry or throw up in my mouth a little. I am including a few here for your enjoyment (or horror), along with my reactions directly underneath.

  • myandroid4G says that “you can clearly see this idiot left 4g on with a low signal witch mean the phone was searching for a 4g signal the whole time then your bluetooth been on mad long. lmao. stop being a fool and stop making yourself and your family look bad. I feel bad for your fans. Please someone with the overclock come show this fool this phone can last 2 days on one charge. You cant even hack the iphone to do that. Fucking stupid ass idiot, keep making yourself look foolish. lmao”
  • My reply to that was along the lines of: “Nice unbiased username you have there! Okay, fandroidism aside – you’re suggesting that the average user is going to understand half of what you suggested? Right. They’re going to turn on their phone and expect it to last all day – and it likely will not, as evidenced by several impartial reviews (even if you were to prove that I was unabashedly biased). Even Android fanbois are having issue with the Evo’s battery life! 🙂 How, again, is this MY problem?

  • drakeknowstechnology stated emphatically that “well the reason for the dead evo battery is because you have it set to have programs running in the background and that kills the battery.”
  • My reply: “Dude. That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. You’re suggesting that to get the most out of this phone, I need to… turn off its features? Alright. I capitulate. The HTC Evo 4G is awesome if you turn everything off. Happy?

  • RoboRope swears that I am “so wrong with this video. No way will the EVO be dead in 5 hours with no use.”
  • My reply was tongue-in-cheek, of course: “Holy shitballs, you’ve got to be kidding me?! I took the time to show you the battery usage screen… and I’m… wrong? No, no, no don’t shoot the messenger.”

  • TokyoNerd scoffed: “Of course the HTC EVO would drain the battery quick, it’s a more powerful device. More power = more battery usage. And also, we all know Apple makes the best batteries, so you don’t need to rub it in.”
  • I graciously offered: “You’re right. A more fair comparison would be against the iPhone 4, which purports to have 40% more battery life than the iPhone 3GS. The HTC Evo 4G’s battery life would look to be even WORSE in that comparison. You’re trying to further the argument, but you’re unintentionally supporting my side of it.”

  • Jambo310 tried to act all tough in saying: “Ugh total bias, you either did not charge the device sufficiently when you got it or are just lying, I know for a FACT that the evo lasts from when you get up to when you go to bed (just personal experience) with heavy usage of texting and phone calls and moderate usage of the other features (not bluetooth).”
  • I had to set him straight: “Charging it overnight isn’t “sufficient?” Whatever. And turning off Bluetooth isn’t a workaround – it’s a lame cop out. You’re resorting to unfounded accusations – suggesting I’m lying is the only way to bolster your position? I don’t understand how empirical evidence is anywhere near biased. What you’re looking at is as factual as it gets, dude. Read Gizmodo. Read MobileCrunch. They say the same damn thing. Battery life after meager usage is ghastly.”

  • Bowzer27 chimed in with: ” it went out quick because you had the Bluetooth on, which uses allot of power.”
  • Really? I replied: “The iPhone had Bluetooth on as well. What’s your point? If you buy a device only to turn off its features, what’s the point of buying that device in the first place? My point stands.”

As you can see, the fandroids are out for blood. Apparently, they completely missed two important points I was attempting to make:

  • Yes, this is a smartphone. However, does that mean only highly-experienced people should be able to use it? Why should it be so inherently difficult to figure out basic functions for the “everyday” users?
  • You shouldn’t have to turn off features in order to get the battery to last longer. That’s just insane.

The best comment of the day, though, reminded me exactly WHY I do what I do, and why I love to do video reviews and impressions (emphasis mine):

iTalkApple stated simply: “Best video I’ve seen about the EVO 4G. I like how you consider what the average consumer will think and aren’t afraid to criticize.”

So let’s have it: What are YOUR thoughts? Is the EVO 4G really having issues, or is it the best thing since sliced bread?

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Love is in the Air for Apple Fans

If you are an Apple fan, nothing would be worse than hooking up with the “perfect” person – only to discover that they are a Windows user. That is likely the biggest deal-breaker of all. Thanks to new service Cupidtino, you’ll never have to worry about this again. The site promises to bring Apple fan-boys and girls together in a relationship nearly guaranteed to last:

Die-hard Mac & Apple fans often have a lot in common – personalities, creative professions, a similar sense of style and aesthetics, and of course a love for technology. We believe these are enough reasons for two people to meet and fall in love, and so we created the first Mac-inspired dating site to help you find other Machearts around you.

This may sound like some sort of weird scam, but it’s very real. The site is set to go live sometime in June, but you can sign up to beta-test it now. I’ve read a lot of commentary about this studly service today, but none of them sum it up better than Mike over at TechCrunch when he said that “Apple fans can be annoying when they’re on their own. The thought of them breeding and creating little Apple fans, a whole family of hard core hipster Apple lovers, is just not a good thing. On the other hand, making sure that Apple fans only date other Apple fans is a good way of stopping them from spreading their Apple fan genes to the general population, I guess. So maybe this site isn’t all bad.”

My only question now is: How soon will we see a Windows-only (and Linux-only) dating site? Which of you are going to step up and start it?

Love of one platform or another is not required to grab some of the latest software and apps for your devices. We welcome all people!