The PC Snob’s stance is one of proprietary knowingness—the pleasure he takes in technology derives not only from the sensory experience of using them, but also from knowing more about it than you do, and from zealously guarding this knowledge from the cheesy, iPhone loving masses, who have no idea what a driver is, or how amazing it is to change their RAM. The PC Snob fairly revels, in fact, in the notion that Apple customers are stupid and ineducable, which is what sets him apart from the more benevolent computer buff, the effervescent, Tech Appreciative-style enthusiast who delights in introducing novitiates to the humble periods of Lisa and MS-DOS.
I seek to redress the knowledge gap between Snobs and non-Snobs, so that normal, non-sociopathic, tech-loving people may;
A) become privy to some of the good stuff that PC Snobs zealously hoard for themselves;
and B) avoid or approach cautiously the vast quantities of iffy or downright crappy material that Snobs embrace in the name of Snobbery.
This second service is especially valuable, because the PC Snob is willfully perverse in his taste, glorifying the drecky .dll hell and such misunderstood works of genius as Steve Wozniak’s Wheel Of Zeus and Canonical’s completely open source operating system for no rational reason whatsoever.
I have sought to strike the right balance between intellectual curiosity and Snob madness, so that the reader will feel less intimidated about renting a genuinely innovative tech product such as Alteria, just because it is “Box that does nothing,” but liberated from the burden of ever having to buy a product with the prefix “i”.