When you see the [Apple 'I'm a Mac, I'm a PC'] ads, you think, "PCs are a bit rubbish yet ultimately lovable, whereas Macs are just smug, preening tossers." In other words, it is a devastatingly accurate campaign.
I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don't use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.
PCs are the ramshackle computers of the people. You can build your own from scratch, then customise it into oblivion. Sometimes you have to slap it to make it work properly, just like the Tardis (Doctor Who, incidentally, would definitely use a PC). PCs have charm; Macs ooze pretension. When I sit down to use a Mac, the first thing I think is, "I hate Macs", and then I think, "Why has this rubbish aspirational ornament only got one mouse button?" Losing that second mouse button feels like losing a limb. If the ads were really honest, Webb would be standing there with one arm, struggling to open a packet of peanuts while Mitchell effortlessly tore his apart with both hands. But then, if the ads were really honest, Webb would be dressed in unbelievably po-faced avant-garde clothing with a gigantic glowing apple on his back. And instead of conducting a proper conversation, he would be repeatedly congratulating himself for looking so cool, and banging on about how he was going to use his new laptop to write a novel, without ever getting round to doing it, like a mediocre idiot.
其實我根本不知道這篇文的標題到底該怎麼下。 最近無聊就想玩點新鮮的，在 PTT 上看到有位仁兄用 一萬元搞出一台效能頂強的 NAS ，心裡癢癢的也想來試試看，研究了一番回頭想想，我到底要 NAS 做什麼呢？一般 NAS 主打網路儲存與備份功能，但是卻是附加多媒體儲存中心、iTunes 伺服器、自動化 BT 下載、遠程調控設定等等這些功能讓我感到有趣，所以我的需求有點顛倒，我要的應該是一台多媒體動物機並附加有 NAS 的功能。 萬元主機主機就 NAS 而言， CP 值是很高的主機，但價格區間依然不很親民，耗電量也高，要搞到靜音要花費不少，而我想弄的卻是台超低價主機，需求絕對靜音、省電、24小時開機、便宜、耐操、可替換、最好系統夠強健、不易損壞、能簡易備份與恢復、 且要好操作 、效能不需超強但是要能應付所需、最好還能當客廳機看個片之類的，儘量做到物盡其用，一般電腦配上 FreeNAS / Linux 等系統幾乎可以完成前述八成以上的需求，但是要做到靜音、省電與便宜，桌上型 PC 幾乎就是被打槍的份了，所以最後我把目標縮小在 Android 設備上。 Android 系統與設備的訴求就是「每天使用、耐操、能快速恢復」，而大多 Android 設備都沒有風扇或是硬碟設計（你看過哪個手機掛硬碟的？），能達到絕對靜音的需求，且大多採用 ARMS 架構，省電不在話下，確認目標後，幾乎只要隨便拿起一個 Android 設備就可以開始動手。