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Which side of the fence are you on: Mac or PC?
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PC - Mac not worth the extra $
In the newsroom, we have 21 Windows machines and 16 Macs. Three more Macs in the photo lab.
(And a laptop and a tablet PC on my desk that belong to me.)
I've run all three - in fact, I've used all three (OS X, Windows 7, Red Hat Enterprise Linux) within the last 24 hours - and the Mac is just better. It costs more because it's worth more. If people had to tinker randomly with their cars as frequently as Windows makes them tinker randomly with their computers, there would be a lot more pedestrians.
Dave Barry once did a comic essay on computers, and he dealt with the Mac by saying "I'm not going to be writing about Macs, because you just plug them in and they work. There's nothing funny there."
My wife has a Windows machine, I have a few Macs. Trust me, the Macs are worth every cent (comparatively that is). You couldn't give me another Windows machine. I still wish the Macs were cheaper.
I agree that for some people, the cost makes a big difference. However, for anyone who uses their computer for more than the Internet, complaining about the cost probably means they've never actually tried a Mac for more than 5 seconds. It adds years to your life in ease-of-use. It just works.
Linux for servers, Windows for most purposes (especially if you want to play games), and Mac if you have extra money to spend.
I don't understand what all this "tinkering" is that people complain about with Windows. I've been using it for many years and it "just works". I'd love to get a Mac some time for regular use, but I don't see what's so special about them.
If you like working on computers, install windows. If you like getting work DONE on a computer, get a Mac. If your time has no value, Linux is free.
Why? A lack of viruses and built-in automated backup (Time Machine) that's a snap to roll-back. Yes, you pay more but you suffer less. I've worked in IT for over 30 years... and fixing PC's and Linux boxes have kept me well-fed. Last thing I want to do when I come home is fix a computer because someone got suckered by the latest MalWare trojan.