From: Randal Whittle (rwhittle_at_usa.net)
Date: Sat Apr 08 2000 - 23:15:19 EDT
At 04:34 AM 04/08/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>I am curious Randy, why the tone of this mail and others recently have
>taken on such
>a harsh tone?
>I'm obviously one of the ones who is just about diametrically opposed to
>some of your
>statements, but I don't think I've said things with the rigor and tone you
>have. I'd really
>hate for this discussion to slide down the path of other religious
>wars. Saying "Or were
>you too blind to see" is a good indicator of that.
No harsh tone intended, nor is any personalization.
What I don't appreciate in any debate is disingenuous-ness or
demagoguery. Saying there is "overwhelming support for the i-Series" is
*totally* ignorant of the percentage of critical messages on them posted in
>At 01:04 AM 4/8/00 -0700, Randal Whittle wrote:
>>At 02:50 AM 04/08/2000 -0500, you wrote:
>>>| There's a lot of chintzy cheap laptops out there for me to buy,
>>>| and the i-series is one of them. Its just sad that they are also called
>>>This is literally one man's opinion.
>> ...echoed by a number of others, as well as further expanded on
>> by them. Or were you too blind to see those?
>>> I've been watching this thread, and
>>>there is overwhelming support for the i-Series, which probably explains its
>> Apparently you're not counting well, as the number of responses
>> I've seen are about even, pro and con.
>> Further differentiation can be found in that the majority of the
>> "pro" opinions for the i-series seem to come from people who haven't
>> owned a "real" ThinkPad before, and therefore have no basis for
>> comparison. While the majority of the "con" opinions come from those
>> who know what owning a real ThinkPad is like, in all its fit-and-finish
>> In summary, the majority of the "pro" opinions on the i-series
>> come from people who haven't really known any better. With all due
>> respect, that's like asking a teenager what they know about love--they
>> think they know a hell of a lot more than they really do, lacking any
>> real perspective or experience in the subject, and in fact they confuse
>> it with cheap sex. Quite frankly, an opinion with little knowledge or
>> experience behind it isn't worth as much as one that has those features.
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