Mac or PC?

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14 on February 11, 2015

Mac. Totally. No blue screens of death. No virus issues. Better graphics and UI. Need I say more?

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Mac, for sure, but they need to bring back the 17″ MacBookPro. Not everyone wants a computer they can fit in their pocket.

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0 on February 11, 2015

PC.

Why?

  • Macs are far more expensive for PC’s for less performance.
  • The Blue Screen of Death doesn’t happen anymore (seriously, when was the last time you got a BSOD? And how much porn did you torrent before it happened?)
  • Larger and more widespread app ecosystem available
  • You’re able to take them apart and upgrade and in general do more stuff with Windows that you can’t with Mac OS X.

Mac OS X is a fairly locked down OS, where you’re paying for looks over substance. Who cares what your computer looks like? Does it run your programs? That’s the real question. Paying extra for something that “looks cool” on the outside, when it comes to a computer, is a waste of money.

And I write this from a Ubuntu laptop, so I’m not hardwired into Windows. But it’s a better deal.

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2 on February 11, 2015

Disregarding the financial aspect, you really believe PCs > Macs?

on February 11, 2015

First, let’s just point something out here: you have to start your rebuttal by disregarding a huge factor in this debate. That’s a huge concession that, I think, shows how weak your position is.

Moving past that…

Yes.

I don’t see any benefits to switching over to Macs. I don’t see them as being more performant, more usable, or otherwise superior. They get hacked first in most hacking contests. And like I said before, you’re basically paying for a cool looking laptop. If you really want the mechanics of Mac OS X, go get FreeBSD (or PC-BSD, which is the former but with a desktop environment on top) and install it on just about anything you can cobble together, because that’s what Mac OS X is built on. Best part: you won’t be paying $300 for the OS alone and can certainly save hundreds of dollars.

What is it that makes a Mac OS experience so much better than Windows? The dock? Pfft. You can have the dock if you want, though you will usually make that unusable when you try to get all the programs you use on there. Finder? What’s so great about it? Better graphics? Wait — you mean on your desktop? Right, because having your window shimmer into view or wiggle off your dock is such an improvement. (If you really think that’s a plus point over Windows, sorry, but I won’t be able to take you seriously.) No virus issues? Again, Mac OS X usually gets hacked first. You’re basing your entire defense on “security through obscurity,” which is getting worse and worse by the hour. And for the record, I have seen friends send their Mac computers into kernel panics – the grey screen of “oh s—” – as recently as 2011. Windows BSOD? Haven’t seen one of those since 2005.

Is it customer service? So you can go to the “Apple bar”, not even get an Apple martini, and wait for some smug dude to tell you to spend an extra bunch of cash to fix this or that? Or you can, you know, Google. Saves you time and money.

Finally, again, there is flexibility. With Apple, you are essentially locked into a handful of computers at a handful of price points. Now maybe you don’t want to have choice, or better still, want someone else to make most of the choices for you. But with Windows, it runs on just about anything, so you can make any type of build, from budget desktops to screaming laptops and mobile workstations that double as servers. You can’t get that with Apple — at least not without violating the EULA and doing some hacking to make it work on hardware you can’t get from the Apple store. Sorry, but after building computers, I’ll take that route. I understand that’s not for everybody, but that’s a huge plus point over Mac OS X. And you can get a ton of different configurations for less money at places like Newegg and Tigerdirect, Best Buy and Target. Apple? Not so much.

 

(Edited for paragraph spacing.)

on February 28, 2017

AMEN

 

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0 on February 11, 2015

FINALLY! You’re correct!!!

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1 on February 11, 2015

Cost may be a factor when purchasing, but in terms of the quality of the product, from hardware to OS, etc. I think it’s no contest. I use PCs at work and Mac at home. So, I see the pluses and minuses of each every day… Macs win.

on February 13, 2015

I also see the plus and minuses of both operating systems. And in that case…

Windows wins. Hands down.

Also, you can’t just take out cost. That is a huge consideration for most people when getting a computer. We have these things called “budgets” (or at least, we should have them.)

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0 on February 12, 2015

Windows has to be configured to be compatible with hundreds of different manufacturers from hard drives to processors to memory cards to graphics cards to disk drives and on and on. Mac OS is only designed for one hardware manufacturer: apple. With PCs you get a TON of unnecessary code all wrapped up in your OS. When another competitor comes out that has complete end-to-end control of their product there will actually be an argument. Until then it’s Mac all the way.

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0 on February 12, 2015

Mac. I know people can program viruses and worms and stuff that will take out a Mac just as well as they can the same for PCs, but due to the smaller market share, at least as of yet, there’s not much of it happening. For the lazy person like me, this is an advantage. It won’t be a permanent one, presumably. Also, FWIW, I’ve had my Mac function perfectly for 4 years. I don’t think I’ve ever had a PC function perfectly for more than about 1, and I had some pretty high-grade security and patch shit on my last one. Didn’t matter.

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0 on February 12, 2015

Oh give me a break. Can there truly be any question about this one, I ask you? Wouldst one prefer a computer named after the estimable Mr. J. Arthur Macintosh of New Rochelle, or a computing device named for the questionable 1980s trend of Political Correctness, I ask you again?

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0 on February 12, 2015

My Mac desktop looks cool, but I can’t find anything. I wish it had something like the Windows File Manager circa 1995.

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0 on February 12, 2015

There was a time when I was a 100% Windows person. Two-and-a-half years ago, I switched to 100% Mac. Macs are good, maybe even better than Windows PCs, but the myth of their superiority is just that: a myth. I get crashes and hangups all the time. The products are expensive. Lately, Apple has been forcing upgrades for everything.

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