First the comments from Randy Mita, who made it all possible by loaning me his new PowerBook G3:
I loved your Into the Lion's Den write-up. Had me grinning from
ear-to-ear. You have exceptional credibility with the PC crowd because of all
your Windoze experience and technical background. You are the ideal emissary.
I really get such a kick outa your stories and what an impression the PB is
making on "the PC world." Go get'um.
Reminds me of a story. Once Upon a Time there was a Pied Piper. Instead of
coming from Hamlin, he came from Charlottesville tho. And he carried with him
a sort of high-tech flute...
;-) Keep up your excellent work. The Dark Side is already quaking in its
Randy Mita, Hawaii.
I just read this latest article on bringing the PB to a PC show and I
literally got emotional reading it. This has to be one of the coolest
things someone could have done, and it sounded effortless!. What was
accomplished by simply presenting the PowerBook to so many unaware PC
users was amazing. And the article reads like a story! I got totally
caught up in it. PLEASE write more if you do another PC Show. Even add
the specifics of their questions and how you handled them as this is
inspiring and makes me want to get out there like that.
Way to go!
Mike I was blown away by your "Into the lions den story"...... It's the
best apple story I have ever read. I felt you went to a new level in
personal growth, and took us along to see how its done. I then realized
its not about apple or the mac, but about what we really truly believe in
and yes one person can make a difference and you have.
I've read your excellent article and let me congratulate you on a fine act
you've done for Apple. Mac devotees and I just can't thank you enough.
And I for one am absolutely moved by your sheer dedication and love for
We do have a mixture of PCs and Macs here in the office. Some of my
colleagues had in fact thought of buying a Pentium PC for home use some
time ago. Luckily, I managed to persuade them to buy a Mac instead. And
they felt relieved that they had made the correct decision. I've also
shown pictures of iMac and explain its features to them and they were
thoroughly impressed !
Keep up the good work.
Rep. Of Singapore
I just read your article and may I tell you.....well, it blew me away!
Like yourself, I have taken it upon myself to spread the good word
whenever I can. Though not as technically knowledgeable about the inner
working of a Wintel box, I do know the differences and I couldn't agree
with you more! Being in the graphics industry, I want power, stability
and production. The Mac has always given me these things. I can't say
much for the competition......The winds of change ARE blowing....right
through the cracks in the Windoze!
just read it. Marvelous! They're going to start calling you B.C.
Breeden, "B.C." for Big Cajones! If Apple doesn't hire you to do this
all over the place, they're missing a huge opportunity. I've written to
a friend at Apple about this.
I loved the "Into the Lion's Den" piece - that and this entire site
prove you have really "made your bones" as a leading advocate of and
expert on the Macintosh.
I wondered if you might consider posting some more of the specifics of
your presentations to the PCers - how did you demonstrate advantages?
What were the things they threw at you and how did you counter? I have
some experience w/ Wintel boxes but I'm lucky in that I'm not forced to
use them often. As you said in the piece, your Windows background puts
you in a good position to bridge the gap and make direct comparisons -
I'd love to have a few more details on your view of Mac vs. Wintel.
I have my short list of things I often show my die hard PC pals, but I
always forget to mention things that I just take for granted as a Mac
user. Don't get me wrong, I realize that Wintel boxes have their
strengths as well, and Macs do have their shortcomings. It just seems
that in my experience on both platforms, my Macs just shut up and work.
. . . .and keep working. . . . .well past the point when PCs of similar
vintage have become doorstops. This kind of reference might help the
faithful when in similar situations.
I know that you are extremely busy and that your wife is having some
health problems, but I thought I'd throw this out at you. . . .
Best regards to you and your family,
This truly exemplifies the spirit of the Mac community. I really enjoyed
reading this Mike-
Retail Sales Manager
If more people would do this kind of thing, how cool it would be.
Geez, they could easily make a commercial out of your experience.
Resistance is NOT futile. Long live Apple!"
I loved your story about bringing the powerbook to the PC show! It
really moved me. It made me get that feeling deep down like things are
GREAT, ya know?! Like that song "Also Sprach Zarathustra" from 2001: A
Space Odyssey. It's like an energizing, up-lifting speech, only in story
form. Like the speech that Mel Gibson gave to his countrymen in
Braveheart before one of those battles.
So thanks for the great bed-time story, I'll sleep ever-more-soundly
tonight, knowing that those Wintel minds were, if not changed, at least
aroused to the idea of becoming Mac People!
Keep up the wonderful job you've been doing for the Mac community, I for
one envy your spirit, and your endless knowledge you have about
everything that's important to converting as many Wintel people as
possible, and helping those, like me, who love thy Mac. I hope, one day,
to be able to tell a story much like yours, and truely have that feeling
you described, making a mass of people think, not quite thinking
different yet, just starting to at least think at all. I try to, if only
a few people at a time, do the same, but you are truly someone to look up
to as, almost a hero...
-JP Moon "
read your article on the incomparable G3 PowerBook: Bless you!
I've tried "evangalizing" at the bureau against WinTel and for Mac
(the power-that-be in NY just dumped a Dell portable, on a co-worker
instead of the usual Powerbook, which shocked us all and is a depressing
change in policy.) But, usually I'm dismissed as a clueless Mac radical.
Something in your article that struck me is your Windows experience
(I have almost none.) which I think is key to making an effective argument
for the virtues of the Mac OS. It's easier to make a convincing argument if
you can talk intelligently about the config.ini and dll's and jumpers and
drivers (oh my) then compare that mess to what happens in a Mac OS
environment. (Just don't mention init/cdev conflict and scsi chain
Keep up the good work.
Congratulations for your text!
This is the greatest thing of the day!
¡Felicidades por su texto!
¡Definitivamente es lo mejor del día!
Alfredo Mora Izaguirre
Good story. Apple really ought to have a couple of dozen
undercover reps running around to trade shows doing
exactly what you did. It would really get things stirred
Best of luck,
I visit your site almost daily and I've never written, but after your
lion's den article I just had to write you. I work at an architectural
firm where everything is Windows NT. I understand why we use NT
(Autocad 14), but everytime we have to do an animation or a rendering I
cannot tell you all the problems we have. It has gotten so bad that we
are considering not buying capture card because of the installation
problems. It just takes so long to install, configure, and learn to use
it is cheaper to pay someone to do our video presentations.
Since my first 128k Mac (which I still have) I have been an advocate for
the Macintosh. I feel it is up to us to fight against ignorance. I
have been asked questions like what processor is in a Mac, who makes the
processor, and what is the OS used in Macs, to name a few of the
questions. When Windows users are given a demonstration of what the Mac
OS has to offer they are truly overwhelmed.
Recently I installed a Monster 3D card in my PowerTower, I did not
install any .dll or .drv files, no install wizard was necessary the card
just ran, when I told people I work with that I installed a Windows card
in my Mac, and that it ran beautifully they couldn't believe it
(specially when I told them how easy everything was to configure). This
is true plug and play.
Anyway I could go on, just wanted to say keep up the great site.
Jose F. Rodriguez
I'd just like to say, Accelerate Your Mac! kicks ass. You can quote me on that.
I just got done reading your new tutorial on installing RAM in the PB G3
250/13.3. It couldn't have come at a better time. Hopefully if my student
loan from Apple gets processed soon enough, I will have a PB G3 250/13.3 by
this Saturday (I ordered it from AllMac). And I just ordered 128MB of RAM
for the PB G3 from BLOL (I saw the ad at the top of xlr8). I'll definitely
be pulling up that article again real soon! I'm taking this baby to the
Expo in a week... are you gonna be there?
The Macintosh Opinion
What a great story. Very brave of you I must say! I will pass the URL to
the product managers so they can see what an incredible tool word of
Press Relations Specialist
Apple Computer, Inc.
I just read your article about taking a New G3 Powerbook to a PC show.
What a great idea and a wonderful read.
Good going and keep up the great work.
Randy J. Reimer,
Excellent report. If only more people could do what you did. Keep up the
Thanks for a wonderful piece on the G3 and Virtual PC. I'll be adding links on
my Low End Mac home page -- and on my command center for the "Save the Macs in
the Grand Rapids Public Schools" page www.iserv.net/~dknight/grps/.
editor in chief, MacTimes
I hope I get the same reaction when I take my G3 to Comdex/Canada
this year! You go!
You go, boy! It's about time someone showed the lemmings the cliff
they're all jumping off.