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01/08/2008 01:42:37 AM · #1
I am planning to update my PC, but most of my friends suggest to switch to Mac instead. I need to make the decision soon, any advice/comments?
01/08/2008 01:46:53 AM · #2
If you do go Mac (not that I would) you do have the option to run both the MacOS and Windoze.
01/08/2008 01:47:59 AM · #3
To borrow another company's slogan, just do it.

If you already have (or are willing to buy) a copy of Windows XP or Vista, you can run it (and all your applications) on a Mac as well -- with third-party software (and enough RAM) you can even run them both at the same time.
01/08/2008 01:50:03 AM · #4
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

If you do go Mac (not that I would) you do have the option to run both the MacOS and Windoze.


oh good lord....you HAD to start this debate? let me sum up what all the mac users will tell you:

PC is crap.Mac not only NEVER crashes or get a virus but it also converts toxic waste into environmentally friendly mulch and can divide by zero. I once saw a mac float across a pond to heal an injured swan. the mac IS love.
01/08/2008 02:59:26 AM · #5
Originally posted by artvet:

I am planning to update my PC, but most of my friends suggest to switch to Mac instead. I need to make the decision soon, any advice/comments?

Are you sure they are friends of yours? ;-)

There is much more software for Windows than there is for a Mac. There are many more fellow computer users using Windows, so peer-to-peer help is plentiful. There are many more accessories/peripherals for PCs than Macs.

Message edited by author 2008-01-08 03:05:30.
01/08/2008 03:02:26 AM · #6
Originally posted by smardaz:

PC is crap.Mac not only NEVER crashes or get a virus but it also converts toxic waste into environmentally friendly mulch and can divide by zero. I once saw a mac float across a pond to heal an injured swan. the mac IS love.

Wow, you've convinced me to switch! I had no idea you could do all that!

What was that? Sarcasm?

Oh nevermind then. :(
01/08/2008 03:14:39 AM · #7
Originally posted by AperturePriority:

Originally posted by artvet:

I am planning to update my PC, but most of my friends suggest to switch to Mac instead. I need to make the decision soon, any advice/comments?

Are you sure they are friends of yours? ;-)

There is much more software for Windows than there is for a Mac. ... There are many more accessories/peripherals for PCs than Macs.


You must be stuck in the 80s.

Originally posted by AperturePriority:

There are many more fellow computer users using Windows, so peer-to-peer help is plentiful


But Windows user don't have time to help their fellows, they are always engaged in pimping, updating, rebooting their PCs. Macs come complete and rarely need service.
01/08/2008 03:23:26 AM · #8
For what it is worth , I m both a MAC & Windows user. I still prefer the Mac - faster to boot up & shutdown and does not need the amount of security patching as Windows. On the other hand , the perception that Windows stability is poorer is no more true. Vista is pretty good.
01/08/2008 03:38:18 AM · #9
I use a Mac and have Windows running on it's own partition via Boot Camp, (Pros and cons on this setup). Yes, there is a lot more software made for Windows but at the same time more viruses made for Windows. I've been using Mac's since 1990 with only one hardware issue, two broken hinges on a TiBook due to my stupidity (on my computers). My many Windows computers since 1997, both name brand and one's I've built have had just about every hardware and software issue one can imagine, except I never really contracted a terrible virus on my own systems because I kept them consistently updated. On clients computers I've seen so many viruses and hardware problems on Windows that I do not trust it for my own personal/business work. Clients with Macs have had some hardware issues but never a virus.

My advice is to go to an Apple Store and check out the Mac or try a friends Mac and see if it works well for you. Remember that there will be software to buy for the Mac that you do not already own unless you use either Boot Camp for running Windows natively on the Mac or using VMWare, or another emulation software, for Windows emulation and then use the software you already have for Windows and gradually make the shift to Mac.

There is always the big debate as to which is better, Mac or Windows. I use both, I do tech support for both and I choose Mac for my own reasons. You ultimately need to make the decision for yourself by weighing the options. There are great PC/Windows computers out there and there are great Macs and yes, either can have hardware or software issues but in my experience, Mac has been more reliable for me and my clients. I love Windows because I make a lot more money with tech support for Windows and there are a lot more of them out there in the work and personal use environments.
01/08/2008 04:50:39 AM · #10
If slaakso hadn't written his reply first, I'd have said essentially the same thing.
Windows is where I make my money when I do support, I've used both Windows and Mac (and Linux).
I'm a Mac user. Have been since before college. I've owned and used Windows machines (though most of them had gone through a rebirth as Linux boxen).
I have an install of Windows (via Parallels) on my MacBook. But the ONLY time I run it is when family or clients call needing Windows help. Otherwise, EVERYTHING I do is on OS X - web, mail, graphics, photo editing/processing (RAW images processed with Bibble Pro..then editing done w/ GIMP).

Even gaming... WoW, Vendetta Online, Eve Online...all Mac versions (EO being the latest to smarten up and release a Mac version).
01/08/2008 04:53:56 AM · #11
...and Macs also look way better...

*gently touches his 30" Cinema Display and the silver/white ultra-flat keyboard*
01/08/2008 05:32:35 AM · #12
Originally posted by eyewave:

...and Macs also look way better...

*gently touches his 30" Cinema Display and the silver/white ultra-flat keyboard*


Steady boy steady WOOOAH! .......... DAMN! no good. *Strokes his Macbook Pro smiling gracefully*

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh.

Go Mac, don't look back.
01/08/2008 08:33:58 AM · #13
If cost control is not an object, I'd say get the Mac, with plenty of ram and Parallels or VMWare to run Windows on it as well. Then you have the best of both worlds. I think a lot also depends on how heavily invested you are in PC software.
01/08/2008 08:34:43 AM · #14
I switched to a Mac at home, as most of my computer time at home is spent on Photo's and Photo Shop. Still use a PC at work for "business" stuff.

As far as applications availability, what do you use your computer for? That made my decision easy!

My "photo" resources all use Mac's so that also helped with the decision.

As stated previously..."Just do it"

Bruce, (A happy Mac convert)
01/08/2008 09:07:56 AM · #15
Originally posted by artvet:

I am planning to update my PC, but most of my friends suggest to switch to Mac instead. I need to make the decision soon, any advice/comments?


I'm just surprised you have any friends who don't suggest you get a Mac.
:-)

I know dozens of people who switched to a Mac and none of them would ever contemplate going back.
01/08/2008 09:17:13 AM · #16
Originally posted by andrewt:

...On the other hand , the perception that Windows stability is poorer is no more true. Vista is pretty good.


100% right
01/08/2008 09:21:53 AM · #17
PC to Mac..... Mac to PC... Hmmmmm!!! I ask the question of all that have switched: Have you switch from PC to mac, or Mac to PC. I personally kknow about 30 people that have switched - Always from PC to Mac. I know of no one that has switched from Mac to PC.
01/08/2008 09:28:19 AM · #18
Reliable Research
01/08/2008 09:30:39 AM · #19
Originally posted by d56ranger:

I know of no one that has switched from Mac to PC.

I know of one (and only one), but that particular person once asked me to fix her "broken" corded mouse because she was holding it with the cord facing her and couldn't control it. Not exactly a technical whiz. :-/
01/08/2008 09:32:58 AM · #20
i cant stand this questions. Macs are not better then PCs...in fact technically a Mac IS a personal computer. Macs work exactly the same as a windows-based machine, just different operating systems. i own a mac and two PCs, the mac honestly crashes more often then the PCs.

macs are not better computer, in fact most of the commercials are blaten lies (you will have extra software, you will have to install drivers, you will crash it, it will freeze...amoung a ton of other crap...).
01/08/2008 09:41:29 AM · #21
Here is some useless knowledge for ya.

When using say Photoshop a PC may use lets say 500KB of memory. When you are done and you close Photoshop it does NOT release all that memory back into you're available memory.

When you do the same thing with a MAC it does release all that memory back allowing it to not crash or have system errors.

This is why you SHOULD reboot your PC about every other day and defrag once a month.

MAC... you don't have too.

BTW I have 7 computers in my house with 3 different 4 different Operating Systems and they are all PC's. My next "PHOTO EDITING" machine will be a MAC.

01/08/2008 10:32:25 AM · #22
[sort of in jest but not really]

Yup I'd say get a Mac and be done with it...

It's your money and you should listen to your friends, college professor, commerials and internet sites. They do know what is right for you. None of them are manipulating the facts or hiding certain aspects of each of the systems from you. It is not that they spent their money on one system or another and would like you to follow suit because they did. Just like no one has ever said I have a Canon or Nikon and you should too.

Close your eyes and just do it...Hey it's not my money.

[/sort of jest]


01/08/2008 10:46:34 AM · #23
I use both. I actually am in the unique position of having to use a Mac at work. My Macbook Pro was what was issued to me at work and therefore now my main computer. The big advantages I see are pretty simply explained. For graphics and photos, I don't believe you can beat a Mac. The speed, ease, and full range of software is just remarkable. For things other than graphics what do I really need? Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. I need those to both accept and transfer files and you can buy that on a Mac without a multiplatform for really cheap right now and get the upgrade. In fact, it is actually cheaper than you can buy it for a PC. So, its more time to ask what you need. If this is a graphics and typical productivity computer I don't think you can go wrong with a Mac.
01/08/2008 11:08:32 AM · #24
GetaMac.
01/08/2008 11:55:06 AM · #25
Speaking of Leopard has Apple released a Service Pack, oops Apple would refer to it as an Enhancement, to fix it's many issues including the Blue Screen of ..., oops almost said it, "The Blue screen" as Apple so kindly refers to it. Doh!
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