Mock (Mac?) Hamlet Soliloquy

To PC or not to PC. That is the question.
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous frustration
At non-compatible PC hardware,
Or to buy Mac against a sea of copycats
And by opposing, end our consternation. To Mac -- to worry
No more -- and by Mac to say we end
Heartache and the thousand natural bugs
Windows 95 is heir to. 'Tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wished. To PC, to Windows.
To Windows, perchance to surf the 'Net. Ay, there's the rub.
For in that 'Net software what taxes may come
For every bit transfer on the web -- if Microsoft has its way.
And this must give us pause. There's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life.
For who would bear the whips and scorns of Gates' greed,
Th' monopolistic desires, the proud man's abuse
Of the Internet-hungry PC newbies;
The insolence of office and the spurious thinking
That he could take over America's software business
When Apple people have used their machines
Since grade school? How could people bear
To allow Windows 95 to control their choices and
To disarm their own Internet software?
That dread of a Microsoft oppressor overseeing the web --
The undiscovered country from whose bourn
No traveler returns the same -- sickens the will
And makes us happily turn to Mac for software
And always-compatible hardware components.
For we know the pioneering spirit of Apple
Had us working with pull-down windows and a mouse
Long before the PC "revolution" copied the Mac.
Wherefore, then, would one own a paltry imitation
When one can have the innovative, original creation?
A Mac -- the product which only betters
While others copy to try and keep pace.

(from Apple's web site)

2 February 1997 / 2 February 1997
Gregory Sutter,

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