(This is the Online column, written for The Southland Times)
Woohoo, only six sleeps to go.
I realise I’m probably setting myself up for an influx of mail from well-meaning PlayStation groupies telling me why I should favour Sony’s games console over the Microsoft version but I don’t care. I’m an Xbox fan and in less than a week the latest beastie, the Xbox 360, will be hitting the shelves in New Zealand. I can’t wait.
It’s interesting just how passionate people can be when it comes to trying to steer someone away from Bill Gates’ empire. I regularly get e-mails from readers telling me why I should be using a Mac instead of a PC, Linux instead of XP, Opera instead of IE. After gently explaining that I’m quite happy with my choices, the not-so-gentle reader usually assumes I’m totally computer illiterate and sends e-mails saying as much.
Here’s the deal guys — I like my PC, I’m ecstatic about XP and I’m over the moon about IE. It’s not because I don’t know any better, because I do.
According to the statistics for my website, 96 percent of visitors are using a Windows-based operating system and 85.7 percent are using Internet Explorer to surf the net. I know my website isn’t a standout, but the stats I’m seeing are pretty average compared to the rest of the net.
So please, stop trying to convince me I’m a freak because I like products sold by Microsoft.
There are many reasons I’m a freak but that isn’t one of them.