Macs may be more expensive but why is that? Because they are made with good quality components which won't fizzle out in a year or so. I've had my Mac for years and it runs as sweet as it always has. Never had a virus, never had data loss, everything's built in ...
Sounds just like my PC ... the one I've been on for over 5 years.
Originally Posted by memerson
Macs have everything you need built in. Don't need to keep replacing graphics cards, updating drivers every week, no anti-virus software needed that takes over your system, and very very rarely system crashes. In fact, I can't even recall the last time my Mac crashed....
Sounds just like my PC ... the one I've been on for over 5 years. My anti-virus has never taken over because I use one that works effectively. And I've experienced exactly zero crashes in 5 years.
Originally Posted by memerson
And as for Macs being "harder to use" - the reason you say that is because you've been subdued to PCs for far too long and you don't actually know how to use a Mac. If you don't know how to turn a Mac on, try the On button - that usually works for me.
Interesting concept ... the exact converse of which might be equally true.
Let me reiterate and say that IF you say system X (Mac/PC/*nix) is globally lesser or better THEN you are acting moronic. I use both (all three/four/five/etc. if you distinguish between Windows and the *nixes), and I find both/all to be easy and efficient to use for their own special tasks.
So, ya'll are just being dumb if you've globally chosen one system over the other for reason X. The only justifiable statements would be something like, "System X seems to be better than system Y for doing Z because of R."
For example: OS X is better than Windows for general development because it's BSD-based and comes with the standard development tools, as well as some very helpful nonstandard tools, whereas Windows does not come standard with development tools (unless you count notepad).
Another example: Windows is better than OS X for word processing because the industry standard word processor is designed for Windows and hacked to work on OS X.
So, ya'll stop bickering about how awful system X or Y is ... they're all awful in some respects. But, to generalize and say that one is globally good or bad is generally just plain ignorant.
And for the record, before Windows XP and OS X, neither Windows NOR Mac OS did all of the things an OS "technically" needs to be able to do (true multitasking / memory management stuff).
PC all the way for me. The first (and only) time I've used a Mac was at the hospital; they had just installed brand new iMacs in the Teen Room. It was horrible; I admit that part of it was due to the fact that I wasn't familiar with a Mac, but the other part was it wasn't doing what it was supposed to half the time when I WAS working it right. People say they are great for graphics, but I don't believe it; at the college I go to, their Graphic Design lab only uses Macs, but the primary software they teach is Adobe Photoshop. You can get that for the PC. One guy told me that Photoshop runs better on a Mac, and to that I say how so? You tell Photoshop what to do and it does it. My older brother, who works in the IT department at the college, used to work in the same room as the webmaster of the college website. The PR department (who uses Macs exclusively) sent her an image to put on the website, and because they made it with a Mac, it came out all distorted on the PC. You can make the argument that Macs do graphics better, but if 95% of the world is using a PC, the fact that it looks great on a Mac but terrible on a PC is not going to help you. Though this probably isn't always the case, but it would annoy me if I was being paid to run a website for someone.
In the end, it doesn't really matter to me. I know I'll probably never get one, because I like Windows, but as long as I don't have to use one, I don't care that much. One thing does bother me, however: on all the Mac commercials, they make fun of how much Microsoft spends on advertising. But, when watching television or movies, have you ever noticed how many computer labs are full of computers with that big, tacky apple stamped on the casing? Apple has no room to call ANYONE out on advertising. I get past their subtle attempts
I don't think Macs had a good interface until 2004. (Seriously, I didn't even know how to close a program. I asked for help and nobody knew the answer.) They're ok now, but still I'd choose a PC every time because they're at least half the price and typically better quality.
Oh, funny story. I walked into a lab once and had to turn on a Mac. It took me about 5 minutes (and asking two people) to find the "on" button, which was apparently on the side of the monitor toward the back.
I've been around computers for a bit. Personally they all have their uses. From the ones I own at home:
Mac Powerbook G4 with OSX Panther. Bought in 2004, it just works. I've had Safari bail a few times over the years and lost a hard disk once (replacing it forced me to upgrade OSX to support the disk). Right now it's also running an apache server with mysql and php.
Home built Intel with Mandrake 9.2. Main firewall to the 'net. It stops external attack cold (doesn't allow externally initiated connections). Been running for years without many problems. Power Supply was acting up two or three years ago so I replaced it before it bailed.
Home built Intel with OpenBSD 4.0. Web server backup. Holds all the files from my colocated web site as a backup. Updates and retrieves files from the external server nightly.
Gateway Intel with Windows 98SE. Mainly for older games and specifically Carmageddon
AMD 64 with OpenBSD 4.0. This is the colocated server that holds my domains and site stuff. Forums, personal web sites, blogs, etc. Only goes down due to hardware problems (have a disk going bad right now).
Dell Laptop with Vista. Wife's laptop. Web browsing and paint shop pro stuff for her Mosaics hobby.
Our iPhones. They run OS X Mobile so we both have Unix boxes in our pockets. I'm finding the wife is using the iPhone more when she needs to look something up on the 'net real quick where she'd have the laptop up and browsing before.
The Windows box is my main desktop. With three monitors, I can read pdfs, program, and preview my work without having to flip around. The Mac holds my gaming wikis. I ssh over to it from Cygwin on the windows box to update scripts and muck with the local site. I bring it to my gaming sessions.
The funny thing about the commercial isn't the cheapness of the laptop (which it certainly is) but the requirements. "Yea, I want a laptop that I can game with". Yea, that leaves the Mac right out. No reason to even open the lid or look at the price. End of commercial.
My wife's on her third laptop and I got the Powerbook about the same time she got her first laptop. It was a lot cheaper than the Powerbook but I still have the Powerbook and it still runs perfectly. And we've probably paid about the same between her three and my Powerbook.
physical architecture is pretty much the same between th PC and Mac these days.... Linux runs on both. Both Windows and Mac OS flavor of the month and additional software are overpriced to start with and I prefer the freedom to tweak my system as I see fit, so OpenSource is the right choice for me.
Many of my clients are dumping windows from their offices in favor of Linux this year. Costs and poorly translated software are the main reasons. There is some variation in the distro of choice, but 123 are Kubuntu, OpenSUSE, Lenny.
Freedom of choice is a good thing.
I like PCs because I was a software user. I play games, run standard programs like Word, advanced programs like Maya and Photoshop, and often use non-standard periphery such as a tablet. It seems like PCs can pretty much handle any software out there. Linux, Unix, and Macs all need special versions or cannot run certain programs. Since I want to be able to use everything, I'm a PC guy.
Though I'm a computer guy, I like a good GUI, so it's PC all the way.
Try running your favorite M$ stuff and Windows software on a "subnotebook" and see how friendly it is. Notice I didn't say "netbook" because I still own a Psion 7 Netbook... and yes, it runs on Linux and I can use a wide array of 'nix software even with the inherent memory limitations of the Netbook.