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Yes (part II)
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Posted by Ari [Email] (more from Ari) on Mon, 17 Aug 2009 19:14:35 Share Post by Email
In Reply to: Should I Go With a MAC?, NJWayne, Mon, 17 Aug 2009 08:21:50
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Full disclaimer - I love Macs, and have been using Apples since the early 80's.

I have a Windows (XP) machine from work, with all the firewalls and tech support that a Fortune 500 company can provide. I've got a variety of Macs at home.

Yes, Macs are less prone to viruses and malware. Even with all the company firewalls, we've had a few PC viruses get through. I'm glad a lot of very expensive help was available to fix it.

Bottom line - my Mac hardware and software just plain works better. The Mac starts up and shuts down faster. Mac Apps launch faster and run better. It's just plain easier to do it on a Mac. I restart my Mac Laptop about once a year; if I don't restart my work laptop every couple of days, bad things happen.

Yes, there are programs available on a PC you can't get on a Mac. You can do most anything on a Mac, you just might not have as many choices. However, with any of the modern Intel Macs, you can always run Windows and run any PC program you want.

So if you get a Mac, you get a wonderful Mac. And you can still run PC programs on Windows if you want.

Yes, PC hardware costs less. I've heard people complain about Mac hardware, but usually without much backup. In over 20 years of owning Macs, I've never had a hardware fault. Never. I can't say that for my work PCs.

If you want a cheap (which is a loaded term for inexpensive computer), you can't beat a PC. For a quality product, a Mac doesn't cost more than a quality PC, and I beleive it runs better.

Everyone says that Windows 7 is the operating system Vista was supposed to be. I haven't played much with Vista, but XP doesn't measure up to OSX in terms of ease of use or stability. Yes, you can do a lot with XP if you really want to - the same is true of OSX. Fiddling 'under the hood' requires a bit of expertise in both. The nice part about the Mac OSX is that you don't need to be an expert to make stuff happen.

I strongly support you buying a Mac. Go for it.

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