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Back in a post from August, I wondered why more lawyers aren't using Macs, given evidence of their greater imperviousness to viruses than PCs. Though the post generated some discussion, no one came forward with quite as vociferous an attack on the Mac than has professional marketing guru Larry Bodine in this recent article, Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (Law Technology News -- 10/16/06). Bodine writes:

I was suckered in by the hype about freedom from viruses, simplicity of computing and versatility. Instead, I bought a boat anchor that can't view Web sites properly, is not compatible with Microsoft Word and can run only dumbed-down versions of regular software.

This time, I'm buying from Hewlett-Packard Co. or Dell Inc. -- anything that runs on Windows. (I'll assume the risk of flaming batteries.) Goodbye Steve Jobs, hello Bill Gates. I'll be lucky to get half of the $4,552.71 I paid for the Mac on May 21, 2006.

Though Bodine's piece has barely hit the press, already, he reports, he's receiving an enormous reaction, including phone calls offering him assistance and "939 words of tips and ideas." But Bodine's also heard from diehard Mac fans, and he comments:

These Mac zealots are unusually defensive.  They are just realizing that they have bought orphan technology. Macs are the Betamax of the 21st Century.  And it's not just me who find Macs less appealing.  Apple holds only 4.8 percent of the U.S. market share, according to the July 2006 issue of MacWorld magazine.  In other words, 95 out of 100 computer buyers don't buy an Apple computer.  There must be a reason, yes?

Is Bodine's piece typical of a new Mac user? And in light of Bodine's article, I'll ask the question I did back and August, but a little differently -- why should lawyers use the Mac?

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on October 16, 2006 at 05:00 PM | Permalink | Comments (4)

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