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Old 10-30-2008, 09:52 AM   #1
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Mac vs PC

My cousin works for Apple and when he got his first mac he gave me a tour. I was very impressed. He convinced me that when I am ready for my next computer then a Mac would be a great way to go. I have been doing a lot of research lately and I really believe he is right.

I would love to hear from others who own or have owned a Mac to hear what your experiences have been, both positive and negative.

Here is what I can tell so far...

Macs are more expensive than PC's. There is no getting around that. Part of what you are paying for is the Apple name as well as pretty packaging.

Most programs will either run on a Mac or have similar programs for Mac that do the same thing. There ae some programs that just will not run or a Mac and have no mac alternative. For those programs, there are ways that you can run the PC program on your Mac, but they cost $ (namely buying a copy of Windows).

Macs just work. you do not have to spend time configuring and loading and figuring out anything. They do what they are supposed to do pretty intuitively and easily.

There is no need to worry about viruses with a Mac. That is not to say that that can't change in the future, but as of right now, there are no real viruses floating out there that will infect your Mac.

So tell me your experiences.

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Old 10-30-2008, 11:07 AM   #2
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I've used both MACs and PCs in the business world and at home. They both perform well in both environments.

For me, application availibility is not an issue. I pretty much use MS Office and a browser and not much else other than the utilities that support peripherals.

I have always appreciated the way the MAC operates and how simple everything is. One of the real advantages I see is that protection packages such as Norton Internet Security, Trend Micro, or McAfee are not needed with the MAC. These packages really slow down the PC's operations. The computer and software takes longer to boot up and processes are slower.

The initial cost is clearly a negative factor, but the operating system is a bigger plus. My next computer will be a MAC too.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:17 AM   #3
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I had one running OS9 back in the day when I was doing graphics. Apple always had the best graphics or artistic software. I couldn't get the hang of the OS and only used it to run one or two programs. Other than that, it was my custom built PC. I was into graphics, gaming and sound editing so I needed the best of the best for components.

My next computer will be an E-Machine. lol
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:20 AM   #4
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One of the things that I think makes a lot of sense (and is one of Apples big marketing points) is that all the software that comes pre-loaded on your Mac is all made by apple so it all works seamlessly with everything else on the computer. I think that makes a lot of sense. Everything integrates in with everything else. You do not get that on a PC.

I do not need a lot of extra programs either Andy. I do not play games on my computer, other than the occasional web based game. I use it for the internet, music, and photo (and once I get a new computer video) editing.

From what I understand, Mac and PC are basically the same as far as internet goes. The upper hand might go to PC just for the fact that most sites are still written primarily with IE in mind so every once in a while you would get a site that won't work unless you use IE. Those are getting fewer and fewer as time goes on and I actually have not used IE in years and have not had that problem more than a small handful of times.

I have heard that while Macs once were better for graphics application like working with photos and video, PC's now have reached the same level so there is not an advantage as far as what can be done, but where Mac has the advantage is that all the software you need to work with photos or video is already on your Mac and is free. Of course there are more robust programs you can pay for, but the basics are free and there to use.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:30 AM   #5
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Macs could handle faster CPU's and held alot more RAM so they processed those applications at a faster rate.

I think alot of the internal components today are compatable between the two. Used to be different.
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Old 10-30-2008, 11:36 AM   #6
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Macs could handle faster CPU's and held alot more RAM so they processed those applications at a faster rate.

I think alot of the internal components today are compatable between the two. Used to be different.
yeah that seems to jive with what I have been reading lately.
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:14 PM   #7
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I have a couple of friends that have Macs...They say, "Once you go Mac you will never go Bac"

Am I correct in saying your PC software want run on your new Mac??? I dunno....
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Old 10-30-2008, 12:42 PM   #8
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James has told me that Macs are better for graphics. I think he would love one for his CAD stuff, but we can't afford that right now.

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Old 10-30-2008, 12:59 PM   #9
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I've been doing graphic design since 1992, mostly on a PC. I can't imagine how a Mac is better - I've always been able to do whatever I wanted to do on a PC, with the right software. I keep hearing that Macs are better than PCs at graphics, but when I ask for specifics, no one has the answer.

Years ago, on the Web design mailing list I've been on since 1996, one Mac user said, Macs kern better. I said, really, did you know X software on the PC has this kerning command, and you can adjust it in millimeter increments? No, she didn't know that. There were several other examples like that, and in the last several years, there's no response at all when I ask how they're better. It was true in the '80s, I think, but not anymore, and it hasn't been true for a very long time.

Another time, a guy said, well, Apple originated the graphical user interface and Windows just copied it. Why should I care who originated it, I said? No answer. I don't care who originated the keyboard layout or the mouse, either, I just want to use them.

The only time I've used a Mac was in a communication design class at the local community college. IT DROVE ME NUTS. When you're used to Windows, you will constantly be closing programs when you mean to minimize them. I don't call that intuitive.

Windows PCs come with a fair amount of basic software, too. And I like having options when I want to add more functionality to my PC.

Also, I got an iPod Touch for Christmas last year; this past summer, a software update for it was released by Apple. After installing it, I could not access the iTunes store anymore. There were a lot of questions on the Apple forum about it; the upshot was, the software was flawed and Apple not only did not fix it quickly, but they didn't even acknowledge that there was a problem. They were still promoting the new version on the site, even though it broke your connection to the store. From forum messages, I gather this is not uncommon - if there's a problem, they just don't acknowledge it, and they fix it quietly and in their own time. So, buyer beware
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Old 10-30-2008, 01:13 PM   #10
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I have been on Macs for rthe past 5 years or so, using a G5 in my office for my business, and a MacBook for the rest of my life. Internet life was a little testy at first using Safari, but once I went to Firefox on both machines all the problems went away.

For me, the fact that I have not had a single virus since I've been on Macs is a testament unto itself. With such a small part of the computer world being on Macs, the virus writers don't waste their time. I've also heard that a lot of virus writers are Mac aficionados, and for that reason they leave Macs alone. Not sure if that's true, but I'm sold on my Macs. My MacBook has a dual operating system, so I switch between them to run software like AutoCad.

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