That is according to Dave Munger of Science Blogs, he conducted a survey a few weeks ago (all because someone wouldn’t share their iPod with him) and says the results point to PC users being almost 3 times as likely to share their gadgets as Mac users.
His theory behind this?
I do have a guess at why Mac users might by stingier with their gizmos. It’s because Mac users have invested more in their technology. Not only are Macs considered “luxury” computers, but Mac users have to deal with the fact that their computers aren’t always 100 percent compatible with the rest of the world. If they’re willing to sacrifice this much for their computers, it’s a safe bet that they’re also more protective of their technology. It’s almost the same reason a BMW owner is less likely to let you borrow her car than a Ford owner. The same reasoning can be adapted to Linux users — while Linux computers aren’t more expensive than PCs, there’s little argument that they have a steeper learning curve than Windows PCs, and also have compatibility problems. Just as a person who’s lovingly restored a 1969 Camaro might not let you drive it, so a Linux user might not let you give his new Ogg Vorbis player a test run.
So, do you play nice with others?
Clues in the recent iPhone SDK point to a impedding name change for .Mac, and after further digging the consensus is that its new name will be “Mobile Me”. Okay, kinda lame…
Hopefully they can make up for their poor naming skills with a revamp of .Mac, maybe some nice upgrades so it doesn’t suck!
This is just a concept, while the hardware should be compatible I cannot vouch for this as I haven’t built one yet. I am however planning on building one in the next few weeks after which I will post a full breakdown.
Case: Linkworld MicroATX Mini Tower with 430W Power Supply
Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-G31M-S2L LGA 775 Intel G31 Micro ATX
Processor: 2.2GHz Pentium E2200 (Dual Core)
Memory: Transcend JETRAM 2GB (2 x 1GB) DDR2 800 (PC2 6400)
Hard Drive: Western Digital Caviar SE 250GB
Optical Drive: Lite-On 20X DVD±R DVD Burner
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The price of the above configuration comes to $297.94 (not including shipping and handling), you can of course save some money by switching to a slower processor, smaller hard drive, less memory, or downgrading to just a DVD drive. Also of note, this doesn’t include a licensed copy of Leopard, which adds a solid $119 to its pricetag.