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Melinda Gates, who once yearned for the iPhone, now happily supports a complete ban on Apple products in her household. Her husband Bill started a little company called Microsoft, which you might have heard of.  (Source: AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
The only fruity products allowed in the Gates household come from trees

In addition to founding arguably the world's most powerful tech company, Bill Gates also has been among the most generous figures of the modern era, giving away billions to charitable causes.  His long-time wife, Melinda Gates, with whom he has had three children, has been critical in steering those charitable donations to worthy causes.

In an interview entitled The Donor, published in The New York Times Mrs. Gates sheds intriguing light on a variety of topics, including her charitable efforts.  Among her observations is that past charity drives to support sub-Saharan Africa have been biased towards men, leaving women behind.  The Gates Foundation's efforts have focused on women, especially, in these regions.  She also discusses how she believes in birth control for the third world, despite her religion -- Catholicism -- opposing it.

Perhaps the most humorous part of the interview, though, comes when Mrs. Gates details how Apple products are forbidden in their household.  Though she admitted in the past, "Every now and then I look at my friends and say 'Ooh, I wouldn't mind having that iPhone,'" she didn't mention any such desires for Apple electronics this time around.

When asked if she owned an Ipod, she appropriately responds, "No, I have a Zune."

When asked if her children clamored for one, she states, "I have gotten that argument — "You may have a Zune.""

She was even more vocal when asked if she had an iPad, responding, "Of course not."

When asked if rumors of Bill Gates using a Mac laptop were true, she comments, "False. Nothing crosses the threshold of our doorstep."

The interviewer then asks her whether there's room in the world for Microsoft and Apple.  She comments, "Microsoft certainly makes products for the Macintosh. Go talk to Bill."

Mrs. Gates' no-Apple, no-nonsense policy is similar to that of Microsoft's Chief Executive and close friend of Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer.  Mr. Ballmer, who has described Mr. Gates as being like a spouse and Microsoft like their "child", has bragged in the past of having his biological children "brainwashed" to reject Apple and Google

When asked in 2006 if he had an iPod, he responded, "No, I do not. Nor do my children. My children--in many dimensions they're as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I've got my kids brainwashed: You don't use Google, and you don't use an iPod."

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RE: Irrational brand loyalty
By MBlueD on 10/26/2010 8:35:51 AM , Rating: 2
- Being an idiot is a prerequisite for being a fanatic in general.
- He didn't. The fact that he does not think Mr. Jobs speaks the will of God doesn't mean he discredits everything Apple accomplishes. This is where you fit the definition of Apple Fanatic you proposed.

RE: Irrational brand loyalty
By deanx0r on 10/26/10, Rating: -1
RE: Irrational brand loyalty
By Luticus on 10/26/2010 11:03:06 AM , Rating: 4
Apple is much more daring when it comes to innovations
That's why mac is based on bsd instead of it's own origional code right? Naww... couldn't be.

never due to their smart marketing, great R&D or craftsmanship of their products
Nobody ever said that apple products weren't pretty and people have been fussing about apples marketing tactics for years. My problem with apple's marketing is that it's full of lies and misinformation, and had nothing at all to do with its effectiveness.

Without the iPod and iTunes
iTunes is GARBAGE that i won't even put on my MBP! iTunes is among my "worst software EVER" list! Right up there with windows media player, real player, quicktime, and Rhapsody. However the WORST software ever written (that i've used) is the 2.0 version of the wachovia check scanner software.

Without the iPhone, you would still be stuck with antiquated UIs for smartphones
maybe, i'll go with probably not, but i'll give you a maybe here. You're assuming that no progress would ever have been made if apple hadn't come along. I don't really think that the case. Anyone who's ever used spb software on a windows mobile phone will tell you. I think it was only a matter of time before ui improvements caught on. Apple did a good job with it's UI, but don't act like they're the only company who could have.
everyone else tried to emulate Apple's success with a touchscreen and a UI designed for your fingers: google, palm and now MS
I'd say that ms's phone software is by far the most unique of the pack. That's because from what i've seen android looks a lot like the iphone os, but to be fair to apple they did create the look so cudos there.

Now we have the iPad that everyone here discredited as being a giant ipod touch
what exactally about the ipad isn't a giant ipod touch? Just because it sells well doesn't change what it is... I never said the ipad wouldn't sell. Only that i didn't want one because i'm smart enough not to.

Apple's success on the 8 millions of fanatics who bought an iPad or give credits where it's due?
I always give credit where it is due, every once in a while i feel apple deserves a "yay for you"! I'll let you know when i feel that time is again. of late they've done nothing but piss me off.

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