The Stupidity that is Fanboy Slinging
i know none of you guys have ever known me to write anything that sounds like i have a chip on my shoulder. nah. i don’t ever come off sarcastic or all ‘angry man.’
heh. thought i’d share this bit i wrote in the comments regarding my take on people slinging the word ‘fanboy’ at each other.
um. and, i’m pretty sure i’ve never claimed to be a fanboy. i’m a fan of smart business strategy. i’m a fan of cool, useful technology. i’m a fan of a lot of things. tho, i don’t just blanket accept anything anyone tells me. i question everything. nobody gets a free pass.
heh. here’s actually an example from today. a friend of mine asked me where i’d recommend they bought a computer. i told them hp. my wife turned to me and asked why i didn’t recommend dell. the last time she heard me make a hardware purchase recommendation, it was for a dell computer.
well. hp was cheaper now. similar support options. similar customer service. similar hardware. just cheaper. (also, note that dell’s earnings came out with tons of profit — which spurred me to check.)
i have no blanket loyalty for any company. i have no blanket loyalty for any person. i reevaluate everything all the time. if you are in my good graces today, that doesn’t mean shit about tomorrow. one of the few things i hate in this world is people (or companies) resting on their laurels. you have to prove yourself every single day. that, or get the hell out of the game.
that being said, i am pretty generous with the benefit of the doubt. it’s certainly not a one strike your out kinda thing, but, fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice? that’s my goddamn fault.
and, i’ve said many times that i didn’t care if anyone called me a fanboy.
why is that? because i’m a firm believer that anyone who uses the word ‘fanboy’ seriously in a post is pretty much a chucklehead with a worthless opinion and shouldn’t be taken seriously. they are someone who, rather than back any argument with legitimate, cognitive reasoning, they resort to brain flatulence.
so. uh. yeah. call me a fanboy. whatever helps you justify my existence in your little world.