Re: Hah! - Do you really expect all MacOS users
"For the slightly more sensible of that crowd, assuming always that they exist outside my increasingly desperate fantasies..."
Not to put too fine a point on it but, considering the number of sensible Apple users -- including, I would like to think, myself -- who post on this site, it seems that your "increasingly desperate fantasies" may revolve more around your own arrogant expression of your oft-stated antipathy to Apple and its users than around the users themselves. Like the true troll, you seem to be able to ignore any evidence that doesn't fit your preconceived notions. Many of us use Macs, Windows, and Linux machines interchangeably; besides the Mac that I normally work on, I have a Windows box sitting directly to my right, for those times when Windows Server and OS X can't agree to play nicely together. I haven't actually had to turn it on in the past couple of weeks, but it IS there, because I tend to be a "belt-and-braces" kind of guy. This is also why, despite the -- historically -- general dearth of malware for OS X, I have used Sophos anti-malware software on my machines for some years and occasionally double-check them by running ClamX-AV software on disks that Sophos says are clear.
"Besides which, and speaking as a working IT support professional, I don't want ex-Apple-zealots for users! Christ almighty, I'd rather support an old folks' home -- while probably not any more familiar with the equipment than, say, a graphic designer would be, older folks are at least somewhat likely to recognize the uses of politeness, and I'd rather listen to a codger's stories than a crayon-pusher's any day."
As a working graphic designer -- who not only supports/upgrades his own Macs, at the office and at home, but is the first person that the folk in the office (a large-ish municipal government department) come to for assistance with workgroup printer issues (hardware and software) and problems with their Windows machines, before even CONSIDERING putting their request into the MIS helldesk queue -- I don't find your attitude "professional" at all. Your "...somewhat likely to recognize the uses of politeness..." is particularly laughable, considering your own apparent inability to grasp the concept.
And, BTW -- Pen/brush and ink, Photoshop, InDesign, Freehand/Illustrator, SolidWorks and Blender for 3-D, OpenOSX Grass for GIS (when I don't feel like booting up the Winbox to run ArcView), HyperEngine-AV/Premiere for video editing, and... Oh, look... Buried in the bottom drawer of my desk... I *DO* have a box of crayons... one that I bought to keep the office-mates' tykes amused for "Bring Your Child to Work Day" some years ago and haven't had need for since...
So in all fairness, given that I *DO* have a box of crayons in my desk and they *HAVE* ended up getting "pushed" to the back of the drawer over time, I suppose that I MUST allow you one point in the accuracy of your screed. Other than that, however, it's appears to be all fail.