My name is Joey Sneddon and — shock — I sometimes use Apple products.
Don't tell me: you already knew?
Now that wouldn't surprise me. It's not something I'm particularly secretive about (heck, my profile picture for several years until recently even had an iMac in the background).
And yet… Every couple of weeks someone will spot a 'sent from Twitter for Mac' badge on a tweet I send and point it out, expecting an explanation.
As I said at the start, it's not like they have rumbled some grand master plan; I use OS X. It's not a secret!
Secondly, no-one ever "calls me out" on tweets I send from Twitter apps on Windows 8.1, Android, Chrome OS, Ubuntu and the like. Or those served up through proprietary services like Buffer.
Instead, it seems to boil down to the fact that one of the sites I write is about Ubuntu and tangents thereof. The assumption, not an illogical one, granted, is that I either only use, or should only use, Ubuntu (and by extension open source software).
I don't. That's not me. And it never really has been.
(Quite why only Apple is singled but other OSes I tweet from are not. Well, no idea.)
If anyone is wondering why I use computers of all types, running operating systems of all types, the reason is simple: curiosity. Which is the exact same reason that drew me to use Ubuntu in the first place.
That curiosity leads me to read about or try many things, from hacking Windows 10 to fit on an ancient EeePC, to repurposing an old Android phone into a remote webcam, to trying all sorts of apps and add-ons and whirly-bits.
Yeah. Truly shocking: I use tech out of curiosity and not ideology.
I think open-source is awesome sauce. OMG!'s Android apps and browsers add-ons are open-source. Even our website themes and some of our custom plugins are open sourced, etc.
But me, Joey, as Mr Human Input person, I like to use a lot of things. The licensing and development model is not my concern. I leave those decision to the developer.
I'm too enthused and engaged by tech as a whole to wear a purview that's restrictive. Use just one platform? I'm sure I could. But I don't want to. And I don't need to.
So yes, folks. I sometimes use Apple products. And I also sometimes use a bunch of other products too, including ASUS, Dell, Samsung and HP devices. I use Windows, Chrome OS, Android, Ubuntu and iOS — and who knows whatever else in the past and going on in to the future.
It's not a secret. I'm not hiding it. And, if you're like me, neither should you. Use what works, don't sweat the rest.
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