A few weeks ago, the power cord for our primary laptop, a 2013 Samsung, broke.
As in, physically broke – the wire became frayed and would no longer transmit current.
We checked all the universal power adapters in three different computer stores – no matches.
None of them carried the correct power adapter for our particular Samsung – no shock as this is 2016 and we’re talking about a 2013 machine.
Therefore, we ordered a replacement adapter and cord from an official Samsung parts outlet and received it right away. Aside from not being able to use the laptop for a couple days (the battery was dead), no big deal.
Except It Seemed To Be A Big Deal To Others
Fast and furious came the predictable comments.
“You should get a Mac.”
“Never had a problem like that with my Mac.”
“You have a Samsung? I’m surprised. I thought you’d have a Mac.”
We’re hard-pressed to understand how a three-year-old power cord getting physically frayed should prompt a change in laptops, operating systems, and compatible softwares… but okay.
Also, we’re not aware that Mac power adapters have this magic to them where they can never get physically frayed from either age or accident… or ever need replaced for any reason, including getting lost or stolen.
(In fact, we KNOW they’re nothing special in that regard, else there would be no aftermarket for Mac power cords and adapters.)
It Was Far From An Isolated Incident
Last year, our Editor-In-Chief was attending a marketing seminar. Arriving at a breakout session, he sat next to someone he had never met before.
Without even a formal exchange of hellos, the person sitting beside him saw his Samsung Galaxy Note 3, tapped him on the shoulder, and said “You have an Android? I thought someone like you would have an iPhone.”
Being the investigative reporter he is, our EIC had some questions:
- “What am I ‘like’? You used the phrase ‘someone like you’ so what am I like?”
- “How does me being ‘like’ something trigger a need for a particular brand of smartphone?”
- “What’s my name? I am curious how much research you’ve done on me to believe you know things about what I’m ‘like’, seeing as we’ve never met before.”
- “Is there some sort of affiliate program that pays people for saying ‘Get a Mac’, like a sort of pay-per-click for repeating a phrase, in every situation involving computer electronics?”
Today’s episode of The Morning Adam™ is the first of a three-part series where we explore
Why (Seemingly) Insignificant Things Matter So Much To Complete Strangers
Tomorrow we’ll circle back to Vegans.
Friday we’ll cover what’s really happening here.