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Off-topic: Read only if interested in Samsung vs Apple issue.
 
I can't make this stuff up

I'm sitting in a Starbucks doing random whatever over an iced americano. While I waiting for my drink, I watched a guy with his friend, pick up a newspaper; and start to remark on the Samsung Apple verdict.

Guy: "Wait, so what they're saying is, Samsung is the same as Apple?"
Friend: "I know, right? Makes me think twice about how much I paid for my Mac Book"
Guy: "Seriously"

Not 10 minutes later, a husband and wife, same newspaper:

Husband: "... Samsung's iPad is the same as Apple's iPad, and I paid how much for the Apple one? Honey, I told you they were a ripoff", after looking up the Samsung tablet on his iPhone.
Wife: "Oh wow," looking at the screen, "... that's a lot cheaper. Think we can return it?"

I put my Samsung QX410 on my table, and started to plug in, when he leans over to me, "Sorry, you don't mind if I ask, how much did you pay for your Samsung laptop?"

"Oh, no worries, it was $700." I replied. 

I watched shock overcome his face, like actual shock. He looked at me, blankly, for an awkward amount of time, "Mind if I have a look?" he asked. 

So, I obliged, and showed him a few things. He commented on Windows 7, so I opened up my virtual machine of OS/X... By the time the conversation was over, he was ready to kick Cupertino in the nuts, I think.

... Now, the punchline: 

I'm writing this post after the FOURTH group of Starbucks patrons have made the connection that Samsung is now the same as Apple. They don't know the details, they don't really care, what they know is Apple is saying that Samsung is the same as Apple ... and with one simple Google Search, you get prices that are basically half for what seems to be the same products -- for nearly everything. 

Two of these groups (including the husband/wife) asked me about my Samsung laptop, the second group noticed my Galaxy phone (also by Samsung)... Best billion dollar ad-campaign Samsung ever had.
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That is not a good point at all. First with OS Windows and Apple OS are completely different type of products. Nothing to do with Samsung. Secondly, Apple products have extreme support with Genius bar, no other support has something so personal. Thirdly I'd like to add that Yes you do pay for the "Apple" Brand, but Apply itself brings in culture to the product. (meaning you get their projectionist non-virus non-bug product.) You don't get that with Microsoft nor Samsung. Also lets add that when you buy a Mac you will understand that it will last for years to come, people have Apples for about 3 PC life times. Technology will keep improving. So people will come close to the cutting edge deal. But you have to realize that you buy more than a product, you buy into the company. That is my voice. I am PC and Mac Fan. I have been in both worlds, and used both products. Mac I just find as a more simple, user-friendly interface, quality sound product, compared to others. And its simple. lets upgrade to iPhone 5 instead of M370 or Epic4G or Conqure4G or Galaxy nexus or Replenish..like c'mon. it just shows they can't build a product to last.  One more thing, ever since the iPhone, there has been more and more copy cats, Can't build an original product? 
 
Hahaha nothing in IT is bugfree and no I disagree that Apple products last 3 times longer compare to other brands
Furthermore the story show How average people with limited technology knowlegde can't distinguish between OS X and other OS like win 7 because they don't care its just doing the task as simple as that
I'm a macbook user and I love win 7 and OS lion
But when its come to mobiles i love android because iPhone is pooring one style with one way of doing everything since forever
Maybe its good for ppl who love simple thing that never change but I like to feel different everytime I buy new mobile
 
Ah, the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Hilarious.
 
This strikes me as a "Winning the battle, but losing the war." senario...
 
Loving products not about money. I suffer with my sony and asus laptop for years. Every year I need to change computer for my business at last I found macbook pro 2 years later I don't need another machine yet. You are not paying for machine you are paying for idea You can buy renault or bmw, they can be same power same capacity but quality and extra details always won.
 
Rubbish - this never happened, sounds like a load of bull.
 
Loving products.. should never happen. Love people instead.
 
I had my dell for over three years and my friends have sony and toshiba and so on
I dont know how some ppl says apple product live longer it is just the way u use it
Senondly some ppl compare $2000 macbook to $800 other brand which is not fair all brand have high quality and low quality devices for ppl can't offer the expencive one
 
I think Ryan is right we should love ppl not machines lol
 
goodbye macbook,  hello system76
 
I do not love (or hate) my devices. I use them for gaining fun and profit.

I do not love (or hate) Samsung or Apple. They are just companies. They are in it for the money. Samsung tries to make some money by copying the Apple look & feel. Apple tries to make some money by hindering that.

I have been using SuSE/openSUSE since (ca.) 1998. It always has been very easy to install/run PHP/MySQL/Apache. Because of that, I have never bought an Apple computer. On the net, I found this article about PHP on a Mac (quote):

PHP and extensions

"At my job we use PHP 5.2.8 and a bunch of extensions. Although OS X comes with Apache and PHP already, there’s no easy way to install all the extensions we use, so we have to compile the damn thing and all its dependencies. It has taken us a whole day just setting this up, and some co-workers just quit trying and went through the option of developing on a virtual machine with GNU/Linux. Some even cried. I got it all good and running, but when I upgraded to Snow Leopard, all my settings were reverted so I had to start again."

Source:

http://blog.gabrielsaldana.org/mac-os-x-from-a-linux-user/

On a Mac, I'd rather run a Linux OS. Probably Apple products are very good (or the best), but I have a lot of fun (and profit) by using openSUSE. I bought my PC not at Walmart; I took some premium hardware pieces from different companies and put them together. Low costs, works fine.

Apple's multitouch technology was invented at Xerox PARC and MIT:

http://www.edibleapple.com/2010/04/30/from-alan-kays-dynabook-to-the-apple-ipad/

RoundRects were first developed for Apple's Lisa:

http://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?story=Round_Rects_Are_Everywhere.txt

Steve Jobs was always good in pushing things forward. To be fair, either Apple and Samsung are copycats. Apple produces good stuff, Samsung produces good stuff.

I will buy products which return maximum fun and profit, no matter which logos are on them :-)
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