When I was a kid, I loved to get involved in the Mac versus PC debate. Anybody who had a brain, of course, used a PC. Anybody who really had a brain was running something other than a Microsoft OS on that PC, too. Macs were for the people too dumb to have their own preferences and designs on their computing experience. When in doubt, flame somebody for their computer choice, and you had a few days of fun on the bulletin boards.
I think the turning point for me was my on-campus job in college; I learned more from that job about being a hacker (in the most respectful sense of the word) than I expect I’ll ever encounter in the rest of my career. My desk came with a mac and a Linux box, and my boss had the same. “I assume these will be satisfactory for you,” my boss inquired on my first day, more as a statement than a question. He was pretty hardcore, and I very quickly came to respect him. Not wanting to ruin my $13.25/hour job in the first few minutes, I didn’t launch into my self-righteous spiel about the suck that was the Mac.
And that was the end of the religious wars for me, beyond trolling and playing to somebody’s nonsense for sport; I guess that’s what trolling is. I’ve got a weird ecosystem of computers at home now, but I can’t be bothered to care about what they’re running anymore.
I guess what I’m getting at is “shut up about your stupid phones, this oil spill is way more interesting.”