Published: May 17th, 2004

Let me say, once more, that I deeply appreciate all the feedback I get. Some correspondents send emails, while others use the commenting feature. Still others, who have their own weblog, interact with certain blog entries. That’s what is all about, so keep it up!

The recent piece on Talking about Accordance for Macintosh has provoked some interesting comments. First of all, Mark Goodacre of NT Gateway Weblog, who originated the thread to start with, thinks that I made “some sensible and balanced remarks” on the subject. I take it as a compliment. This whole issue is a difficult and touchy one, and prone to become very subjective. I am not trying to be politically correct. I say what I think (but not always think what I say ;-) ), and do my best to base my thinking on factual data. I agree with Mark that we should try to avoid using clichés, since they aren’t very helpful at all.

Ken Ristau states, among other things, “I can absolutely say that I love Mac OSX Panther and I love Accordance. Panther really for me takes Mac over the top. I admit to preferring XP over earlier Mac OS platforms. With Panther though, Mac is definitely a place to be.” I basically agree. Furthermore, most of the PC programers and vendors I know have openly told me that they don’t like Windows, and that Mac OS X is better. Go figure! BTW, Ken has also written a comment for Mark Goodacre here.

Tim Bulkeley, following up on Umberto Eco’s metaphor, writes this: “I’m an ignorant Calvinist by birth and upbringing, who has seldom attended mass (translation: I’ve used PCs since I started, and have seldom touched a Mac). My institution and my family buy PCs because years ago they offered a much cheaper route to computing and since have stuck with what we know – except for a liking for Linux as OS for the platform if only there was an equivalent for Bibleworks and for Dreamweaver. To be honest the computer is a tool and not one whose “brand” I can get worked up about (I’ve always wanted to end a sentence with two pronouns!) This religious war has helped one poor peasant achieve a lifelong ambition…” I like it. I suppose he means two prepositions, but we all get the point. Actually, my first computer was an Atari, so that leaves me in serious doubt as to my real identity…

Some personal reflections in closing:

1. My impression is that “passion” isn’t bad (call it excitement if you will), so long as it does not blur our vision.

2. Tradition and habits should not be an obstacle. You don’t have to be stuck with what you’ve always known. Mac OS X, Linux (and others to a smaller degree) may not be a serious commercial threat to Microsoft (yet!), but in many respects are head and shoulders above Windows, IMHO.

3. Hardware and software are simply tools. Therefore, they should serve a higher end. But because our end is so lofty, we better make sure that we choose the best tools available for the task at hand.

4. There are only a handful programs that can truly be labeled as “killer applications”. These are the kind of software apps that make you switch platforms, OSes or whatever in order to use them. Each one of us has to decide what the killer applications are in the Bible software world, and act accordingly.

5. Emulation is an alternative, but sooner or later you’ll have to face some decisions about the real thing!

6. PC or Mac evangelism (or any type of evangelism for that matter) should be based on facts. Stereotypes and prejudice are to be avoided at all costs, since they only show our ignorance.

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