Reading this interesting blog this week, by John Cassidy: How Long Will the Apple Cult Endure I have conversations about Apple with my friends, and say "it's the same Chinese slave-factory junk with some extra branding gimmicks" and they tell me "it's an objective fact that Apple computers are light-years ahead of their rivals". Truth be told, I don't really know. I know you can buy a Lenovo with the same specs for a third of the price or less than a mac book, but the je ne c'est quoi after that ... the result of good branding manipulation? What's the objective evidence? For or against? I know there are lots of computer experts out there. As Thomas Henry Huxley said in the 1860 evolution debate, do no use your "great gifts to obscure the truth"; i.e. please don't use that expertise to slavishly support Apple if you have not come to think that independently, but any objective data for or against the quality of their products I'd like to hear about very much. Not just "oh my mac is so great it has neva broked and like my BestBuy like didn't run my Battlefield 7". Nope; I've had two IPods and they both sucked in my experience. Objective stuff, pretty please.