Hello, I’m a Mac. And a Republican.

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By Dan Palka

Anyone who knows me will warn you that I’m a rather passionate person. And there are two subjects about which I am particularly passionate; politics and computers. To be more specific, conservative politics and Macintosh computers. About both topics can I lead fervent debates with ease. It was during just such a debate that a colleague of mine made a startling statement; “I can’t believe you’re so hardcore about Macs and also a dedicated Republican.” Huh? I thought they went hand-in-hand!

Like Republicans, Apple is tireless about simplicity, efficiency, power, and so on. Just browse through Folklore.org, the online collection of early Mac development tales, and you’ll find countless narratives about Apple’s relentless streamlining, cutting big projects down and cutting failing projects out. And this policy remains in effect today, as a friend of mine who is also a developer at Apple attests. It has carried Apple through both success and defeat, and despite what anyone’s personal preferences could be, nobody can deny Apple’s business model is a true winner, or that Apple is a real powerhouse in the industry. It also makes Apple products a joy to use and behold, each containing exactly the right mix of features to get my job done quickly, efficiently, and without hassle.

On the other hand, I find Microsoft, and Windows specifically, to be analogous to Democratic policy. Heaps of worthless and inefficient features strewn haphazardly all over the place, most of which isn’t very useful and in many cases is detrimental to the public. Every action must be performed via a seemingly endless parade of bureaucratic wizards and dialog boxes. I can point to many specific examples, but the best argument is Windows Vista’s horrid sales record, even two years after its introduction.

I know there will be many who disagree with me, but I stand firmly convinced that my two life passions go together in perfect harmony. Hopefully next time I’ll be better prepared to tackle a statement like this, and I encourage all Republicans to think of their own real-life comparisons to make with your conservative beliefs. Such analogues can be a useful tool the next time you’re involved in a heated debate.

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