This is a response to VC 20 Larry 22 ("SPSS on Mac")...
ARRRRRRRRG! As I'm sure you anticipated, this blurb made me see red. Of course, the Mac has not changed from toy to business machine. Only the perspective of the IBM sub-morons has changed.
When the Mac first came out all the IBM types sneered at the Mac's icons and at it's mouse. To them, the mouse was not a highly efficient pointing device, it was a toy. The icons were not an advanced human interface but the kind of things one saw in video games. In businesses large and small across America, IBM consultants solemnly told business people that the Mac was a game playing machine that "couldn't handle" serious business applications.
Anyone with more than a room temperature IQ could see that the Mac was actually MORE EFFICIENT at handling serious business applications, that in fact it was DESIGNED to handle serious business applications. Eventually, this fact became clear even to the dullest and most moronic of the IBM sub-morons. And so, with great difficulty, they added icons and a mouse to their PCs.
So now, when these drooling idiots discover that the Mac uses a mouse "just like their PCs," they are astonished and proclaim that the Mac is "a powerful microcomputer with sophisticated applications for decision makers." The Mac hasn't really changed all that much. The sub-morons have simply discovered what was already obvious to the rest of us!