I'm not seeing much difference between Apple zealots and Stardock zealots, both from this article and from the comments following. And that's coming from someone who owns a Mac for his "real" work, but also paid for Object Desktop and ObjectDock Plus for his PC (and who absolutely loves his tabbed dock).
First, on the article...You took ONE post on Gizmodo and declared that Mac users were on the rampage over Dell's dock. The article you cited doesn't even make bones about dock invention, just about look and feel. But you did take that and turn it into a straw man you could take on in a lengthy, well-researched, and well-written article. So...Brad, your article: Good, your smearing of Mac users: Bad. And remember, if the author was a Mac-only user, he wouldn't really know about Stardock anyway - you make good products, but none of them for the Mac, darn you.
The thing is, while it is silly to insist that Apple invented a lot of features it's known for, their innovation was more in the design and refinement that they put into said features. Sure, there were docks around before Mac OS X, and I sure wish I could switch docks without third-party shareware, but it's the look and feel, and some of the functionality, of the Mac OS X dock that people have wound up emulating. Or are you going to insist that the design of ObjectDock, released after Mac OS X, wasn't influenced at all by the design of Apple's dock? Or that Dell's effort, with its blue, shiny, reflective icons, doesn't immediately remind a person that it's the sort of look that is iconic of Aqua-like desktop themes for Windows and X Windows alike?
Give Apple its props - they have some great interface design. No, they don't invent a lot of their innovations, but they do a good job of refining/stealing ideas, as evidenced by the way those refinements make their way into so many other people's efforts.
So really, hold off a bit on attacking Mac users as crazed zealots, especially when you have a blind following yourself. I can't be the only Mac user you have as a customer, trying to make his time spent on Windows more comfortable.