Instead, I think I'll apologize. Yes, truly. I don't mean to demonize Windows users, or seem like an elitist. There are lots of people who use Windows who believe in the same things I do: clean code, beautiful and simple programs, and designing fun into every action. I'm even an occasional reader of Coding Horror, even though it's a... Windows blog.
I have a friend who is quite a bit richer and smarter than me (and who many of you have seen on YouTube); he works for Microsoft doing advanced research. He argues as passionately as I do for the same kinds of changes in our industry. He just thinks they are more likely to happen if he engages Bill Gates than if he engages Steve Jobs. Well, ok, I disagree, but I certainly acknowledge there's an opposing argument to be made.
Sure, I'm a zealot, but I'm not such a zealot that I don't know who's on my side. If you want to accomplish the same goals as me, and we merely disagree on the best method, you aren't "the enemy." I'm still going to argue with you loudly and vehemently, but, you know, in a nicer way.
I yell about the Mac and state things strongly, with plenty of hyperbole, because I am trying to start a revolution. Let me be clear: I believe in what I'm saying, and I don't stake out bizarre positions just to create controversy. I say things strongly to make the point that I believe in them strongly. It's very hard to convince anyone of your passion by whispering, unless you're the Godfather.
I know it looks like I have the world's biggest ego, with the Lotus and the app and the bragging and the FLAVEN, but that's not the intent. I simply want to say, "Here is what I have achieved. Here are all my cards. This level of success is available to you, and I will help you every step of the way if you embrace this revolution." I'm like those guys on late-night TV with the big smiles and the real estate and the "Would you like to make $10,000, $15,000, even $20,000 a MONTH from your OWN HOME with NO MONEY DOWN and NO EFFORT except SITTING ON YOUR COUCH and EATING CHEEZ-ITS and occasionally ROLLING YOURSELF OVER to prevent BEDSORES?"
There are still people who contact me and say, "I'm kind of thinking about maybe writing a program for the Mac... is it possible to make a living that way?" Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. I'm going to keep yelling it until everyone hears me. But please don't take offense if you don't want to join in the fun.
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