What is a FanBoy?

Have you ever had someone try to convince you that your own experiences are meritless?

I had started going to a new church. At the youth group one night I saw a girl injure herself and everyone rushed over and started praying for her. I thought they were extremely weird. That was the time to ring an ambulance, not encourage her with some prayer.
She was in a lot of pain and her arm looked bad. Then within a few minutes she said the pain had stopped, and she could move her arm again no problem. Before that I didn't really believe in miracles.

Some months later, I had a basketball injury. My right ankle was in a lot of pain for a long time. I couldn't walk without pain, and playing basketball was almost impossible. One day at church someone prayed for me and I was instantly healed. I was banging my foot on the ground trying to get it to hurt again and it didn't. And never has in the 15 years since.

I meet people all the time, both christian and non-christian, who roll their eyes if I talk about God and politely yet condescendingly try to explain to me that miracles don't actually happen. Their arguments often sound very rational. And I like to think of myself as an intellectual, or at least a very rational person, so I kind of feel like I want to belong to their crowd. But the only problem is they are too late. I've already seen and experienced first hand certain things, so no amount of "reasoning" could actually convince me that there are no "miracles".

--I thought this was a tech blog. I didn't come here to read religious ramblings!

Yes yes.

My point is this.

I have had people tell me Apple products are crap though they have never actually owned an iPhone, an iPad or even a Mac. And when I point this out to them, along with the fact that I do in fact own those products and have previously used competitors products and have thus formed my opinion, they still believe that my opinion is wrong or that somehow I have been fooled by Apple's brainwashing and TV ads.

The only TV station I watched before I bought my iPhone was the Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC - no ads). In fact, where I live I don't think we have enough humans to warrant Apple putting a TV ad to air. Other than the products themselves or in stores, I never see any Apple promotional material in my city. And the in-store stuff is outdone 10:1 by all the competitors noise.

I was quite oblivious to the fact that Apple fans even existed before I bought an iPhone. I had been using PDA's and "smart" phones for a while and I actually mocked people who bought iPhones when they came out, as most of the people I knew that had them only used them for the most basic of tasks, things a dumb phone (and cheaper phone) could do just as well.

But when I finally did go and get my first iPhone, I was so blown away by how much better than my Palm Treo 750 it was, I was speechless.

And it wasn't really the fact that Apple had made a nice user friendly product, it was the more that a company existed with a culture in it that seemed to want to achieve excellence.

And the thing is, a lot of other people have had the same experience. But just because they have come to think highly of Apple and its reputation, doesn't mean their opinion on anything tech related is of no value. Labelling someone "fanboy" may make you feel good, but it robs you of the opportunity to see life from someone else's perspective.

So... you can tell me that Apple suck if you want, but it's too late. I've already used their products. I've taken the red pill... and I liked it.