So if you know me, you know I’m a geek for all things with a particular bitten fruit label. Like many of Steve Jobs’ loyal devotees, nay even minions, Snow Leopard will be on my doorstep tomorrow morning. (Yes, it’s an affiliate link, and my very first one at that. We’re friends and I believe in full disclosure.) It’s like Christmas except Santa is a UPS guy and we’re not celebrating Jesus’ birth but the birth of the newest member of our dear Mac family. You can even get it gift wrapped!
And there go a few followers.
Anyway, I was reading Chris Pirillo’s latest blog post (found here) which is basically a bunch of response tweets to Chris’ question of whether he should pre-order Snow Leopard or pick it up locally. Tons of responses discussing why he should pick up or pre-order, a few responses saying he should get Windows 7 instead (can’t fathom why). However, the overlying theme was the excitement of all of these people chomping at the bit to get their hands on and install the latest installment of Mac OS X.
This is where the conspiracy part comes in.
Now let me throw in a disclaimer here: I’m not the kind of person who buys into conspiracy theories, nor do I think this one is at all plausible. It was just an interesting thought that came to me.
There are tons of us that are going to get Snow Leopard the day it comes out, install it and run along with our iLives that much more satisfied.
Pop in the disk. Run the super simple installation.
Note that this whole thing is something we’re doing without thinking. See where I’m going with this?
Apple Fanboys & Fangirls are notorious for jumping on anything new that comes out. Granted, we have our reasons. Better usability, expanding compatibility, enhancing operation capabilities, streamlining the user experience, simplifying our lives in general…
On top of that, our world is so deeply and easily connected that we know what’s going on within minutes of it happening. We’d know if something wasn’t right. However, we’ve developed a relationship with this brand because of it’s reliability and our experiences with it. We trust that we’ll receive what is promised to us and if it doesn’t deliver, EVERYONE knows about it. Thus they consistently deliver.
But what if there was something catastrophic programmed into our OS? Like after a month from the release of OS X.6 everyone’s Mac became a part of some global machine takeover and any computer running the system became a remote control center for the robots in that area?
I’m not very good at making up these sort of things, but you get the idea. Our excitement about the awesome new features of the latest geeky goodies leads us to operate, install and run without thinking.
Strangely enough, I’m happy to rest on the laurels of brand loyalty and trust that Snow Leopard will deliver as promised.
If it doesn’t, you’ll know. ;)
By the way, because I’m so bad at making up conspiracy theories, make up your own in the comments. The best theory wins this AWESOME Geek Shot Glass: