"All poetry is stolen"... This applies to everything, really: art, music, games, software, et al.
Essentially, every [program that you're using/game that you're playing/vehicle you've ever seen] is a retread of a retread of a retread, developed by someone else entirely. Have you ever noticed how the world goes crazy every time an especially "original" game is released? It's because it's so unusual. Every RPG is the same as every other RPG once you remove the superficial stuff. For that matter, every shooter, music game, and platformer are all retreads of their previous respective genres. Take away the interface and dialogue, and bam -- you're played this same damn game a thousand times before.
Next time you're out driving, pay attention to the vehicles you see; they're all practically the same thing.
Your lawyer guy sounds like a bit of an idiot to me, to be honest. He is aware that all Mac operating systems are based on Unix, yes? That is to say, Mac has had even less original ideas than Windows. Steve Jobs even had the audacity to use a freely available
base system, and charge out the ass for it after making it prettier. At least Bill Gates and Steve Balmer built their own. To his point about Microsoft not having done anything original that had success: how about the Windows operating system, dick? Does he realize that Apple had plagiarized Wordperfect just one year after Microsoft, with the release of Appleworks
And it's not like Microsoft hasn't experienced the exact same thing. OpenOffice is clearly a tease on Microsoft Office more than it is Wordperfect (which is an unspeakably bad word processor, for the record), and anyone who has used a user-friendly Linux could tell you about all the clones of Microsoft products that are legally and readily available for use in their particular operating system. Half of what I use in Ubuntu are just bastardized versions of Windows programs. And who the Hell cares? Activision bastardized the music game genre that Harmonix had perfected, after Konami came up with the idea. Every pop-rock song on the radio utilizes the loud/soft dynamic that Kurt Cobain and Nirvana popularized, but he admitted freely to having stolen it from the Pixies. And they got a lot of it from Husker Du, anyway.
Apple pines and pines for the attention of the average consumer by making their hardware sleek, their software smooth and effortless, and their image "hip", but Windows is more familiar
, and that, ultimately, is the deal breaker. And it's Apple's own damn fault for being stupid. What Microsoft did was very, very clever -- brilliant, really. Rest assured, if Steve Jobs had had the idea before Bill Gates, he would have seized the opportunity to grab the majority market share. But he didn't, and Microsoft now wields that power.
As for the bit about Microsft having beaten down "the little guy" time and time again: I don't believe it. I really, truly do not. I'm sure that there were instances where they screwed over lesser software providers, and there's certainly evidence of plagiarism in a lot of their stuff, but not to that extent. And they have been sued, and forced to pay royalties, often for things that they really didn't deserve to be faulted for. The EU dicks them over constantly for stupid antitrust issues that any smaller corporation would never be subject to -- Apple included. Antitrust? How about the fact that you can't use iTunes without a working installation of Quicktime, a program that is not at all essential to the operation of iTunes itself? Why the Hell can't I put music on my iPod without having iTunes, anyway? Nearly every other MP3 player just acts as an external drive, and I see no reason for Apple products to be different in that respect (yes, I am aware that Zunes act like iPods).
-- That guy is an idiot.
-- Microsoft sucks in a lot of ways, but they're damn good at what they do, and Apple is constantly trying to do the same things anyway.
-- Apple is far, far
worse the MS is when it comes to antitrust issues, but no once makes a big deal about it because they're so much smaller.
-- Both Mac and Windows have pros and cons (as does Linux), and people need to get over themselves and stop bitching.
-- Having said that, Apple fanboys are by far and long the most irritating fanboys of anything, ever. They're pretentious, uptight assholes, and they don't know a damn thing.
Also of note: from what I understand, Microsoft is absolutely terrific to their employees. Like, it's supposed to be an amazing place to work. And Bill Gates has also donated over 38 billion dollars
to charity. Billion with a B
(Disclaimer: though I do have a working partition of Windows on my computer, I don't boot it up terribly often -- I prefer Ubuntu, and I strongly dislike using Windows. I also own an iPod, which I absolutely love, despite having to go through Hell to put new music on it.)
Also of note: http://main.makeuseoflimited.netdna-cdn.com/tech-fun/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/whynottobuyamac.png
<-- This guy clearly hates Macs, but he makes excellent points. And I mean, wow.