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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 12-09-2007, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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Mac vs PC

Any of you guys own Macs? If so, can you give me some pros and cons? Anything I can or cannot do with a Mac that I can with a PC?

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Ok, so this topic gets PC folks all in a huff. But, I own numerous Macs, and I was a PC fanboy all my life up until about 5 years ago, defending PC's and saying ignorant things like "Macs suck, if they were so great then why do they only have 5% market share?" blah blah blah. Well, there are alot more Ford Focus cars than their are Ferrari's, but that doesn't make them better does it?

Ok, is there anything you cannot do on a Mac? Absolutely not, don't let anyone tell you differently. I have, on the iMac I am typing on right this second, the full install of Windows XP (Vista blows) on this very machine. Not a simulated version, but the full real deal Windows XP. You can use Boot Camp that comes installed with OSX, and run both operating systems if you want, just reboot and hold the option key to choose which OS to boot up in. Why do I have XP on my machine? One reason, the video game Asheron's Call, which was developed in part by Microsoft and only runs on Windows. I only boot up the PC side to play that game.

Now, here are some great things about the Mac, things that it does alot better than it's Windows counterpart:

iPhoto: iPhoto is an amazing program that Windows has tried to copy with Vista, but they fall way short. It's the perfect way to store & share your photos, plus you can, with the click of one button, post your photos on the web. Just find my DNA #177 thread, that was all done with iPhoto.

No viruses: Now I'm not going to say that there aren't ANY viruses with a Mac, but owning 11 Apple computers in my life, 7 of which I own currently, I have never had a virus, or heard of anyone in my industry having a virus. I also do not have any virus protection programs installed on my machine, they just don't write code for it yet. If the market share grows, maybe, but right now if you are a hacker, you want to affect the most machines you can at one time, and to do that you target Windows.

The rest of the iLife programs are really great, iMovie, Garage Band, iDVD all awesome. I am a professional video guy, so I don't use iMovie or iDVD (I use Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro), but I know they are user friendly. Garage Band is awesome man, you can record a ton of tracks at one time, as long as you have a usb or firewire device that can get your guitar or anything really into your computer, you just hit the record button and your off. The iLife suite comes pre installed with each new Mac.

You also have your standard programs like Microsoft Office and the likes, Quickbooks has a Mac version, Quicken and all the standard business software everyone uses. I use Mail, Address Book & iCal instead of the Microsoft counterparts, but that's mainly because they sync so well with my iPhone.

PC's are great too, and are a little cheaper, but the price difference between the two are alot closer than they used to be. Plus, say what you want about Apple, but their stuff just looks a f*ckton better than anything on the PC side right now. I'm just talking cosmetics, it's amazing that the PC side hasn't had one company that can make a non-clunky looking PC.

Now, if you are totally into PC gaming, and that's your thing, then get a PC. I personally never cared for using a keyboard to play a game and use my XBox 360 & Wii, but if you just HAVE to play games on your PC, you can still do it with a Mac, booting up in Windows mode, but you can get a better gaming system (better video card mainly) with a PC. Yea, you can get a bad ass video card on a PowerMac, but not many home users spend $10-$14k on a machine like my company does . I have a badass PowerMac that I edit on, and it can handle anything, but I don't get to bring it home.

Now, note that I'm saying some good stuff about PC's too, so no need to get to flaming me PC fanboys. I have noticed that those who hate Apple so much have never actually used a Mac, I know that was the case with me personally, but I guarantee you will fall in love with the OS when you spend some time on it. Just simply things like installing software is easier. Oh, and I am also a stockholder of Apple, so I am very biased there (purchased it at $35 per share).

Both are great, both will do what you want them to do, but in my opinion, the Apple is just easier to use. Flame on boys, flame on...
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Re: Mac vs PC

This one's been done before. I own a couple of Macs - a G5 tower and a G4 iBook. Love them both. There are no cons in my opinion. I find OSX to be much simpler to operate than Windows. I also do a lot of video editing, graphics work, and music. The Macs perform as I expect them to. Great computers. I have a PC too, which is fine but I'll probably never buy another PC. I've been on Mac since 2003 and they've never given me the headaches that my PC is capable of.
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Get a Mac. Thats the way to go. Windows sucks the big one, and like one of the previous posters mentioned, unless you're hardcore into gaming, the Mac'll be able to handle it. Every time my PC starts acting like a bastard I'm jealous of Mac users and how simple everything is.
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butt wich won gets moar internetz an pr0n?
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butt wich won gets moar internetz an pr0n?
thankfully, pr0n plays on both platforms



err, I've heard anyways...
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looks folks, this is like debating between chev and ford.. it all comes down to preference.. windows obviously dominates the computer market by far, but Mac sales are rising.. though i think leopard is hurting apple, as it has a ton of major bugs that will need to be addressed in the first service pack
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I prefer to stick with a PC running Aussie Windaz 2007:

http://stuffucanuse.com/aussie_windo...ie_windows.htm
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Get a Mac. Thats the way to go. Windows sucks the big one, and like one of the previous posters mentioned, unless you're hardcore into gaming, the Mac'll be able to handle it. Every time my PC starts acting like a bastard I'm jealous of Mac users and how simple everything is.
you could be running into a pebkac error with your windows machine.. google it
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moving this as its been done to death already a 100 times.
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looks folks, this is like debating between chev and ford.. it all comes down to preference.. windows obviously dominates the computer market by far, but Mac sales are rising.. though i think leopard is hurting apple, as it has a ton of major bugs that will need to be addressed in the first service pack



There are some bugs, but a "ton of major bugs" is overstepping a bit I'm afraid. And hearing you call it a "service pack" lets me know that you aren't an Apple user, because Apple doesn't use that terminology. They have already had quite a few major updates to the system. I haven't encountered one problem on any of my machines, aside from having to re-enter my Final Cut Pro key when I transferred the software over.
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Windows sucks the big one
How ignorant.

Anyways, I am a Mac owner with Windows on my hard drive. I frequently use both with a MacBook Pro and its very versatile. I used to hate this computer up until maybe a month ago until I finally gave into the Mac side.

Minus the fact that Mac is retarded when it comes to opening anything Windows such as exe files, it really is an easy interface for the non-computer savvy person. The only problem is, if you ever have a problem with your Mac, you will NOT be able to fix it yourself nor will those idiots at the Genius Bar be able to. If you ever have problems with your Mac, Apple will just give you a new one and erase all of of your data. Other than that, I love the Mac interface.

Just back up your data and you're gravy. For the money, you could get a badass PC rather than spending in it on a Mac; however Macs are very...stylish. PCs are fairly inexpensive in comparison, but Macs are nifty toys. If money is an issue, colleges are starting to require Macs for one reason or another - which can be rather obnoxious, but hey.

I honestly recommend either PC or Mac. They're different animals, but they both get the job done.
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moving this as its been done to death already a 100 times.
101 now.
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How ignorant.
Are you calling me ignorant because I used a slang term? I don't get it . . .
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There are some bugs, but a "ton of major bugs" is overstepping a bit I'm afraid. And hearing you call it a "service pack" lets me know that you aren't an Apple user, because Apple doesn't use that terminology. They have already had quite a few major updates to the system. I haven't encountered one problem on any of my machines, aside from having to re-enter my Final Cut Pro key when I transferred the software over.
You`re right, i`m not an apple user, because I have absolutely no use for them. I could set my machine up to dual or triple boot with OSX as one of the OS`s but I have no reason to. Right now I run Vista and a modified XP.

As for the bugs, I would call the keyboard freezing a HUGE flaw.. Heres a link to a forum where mac users report the bugs they`ve encountered. These bugs will obviously be fixed in the future, but for you to think they won`t make the difference between buying leopard and not buying leopard or even choosing mac over pc, is retarded in the simplest word.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum...fm/847592.html

Please don`t insult me with the `correct terminology`crap, I am getting my certs this spring.
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