Monday, March 23, 2009

MAC vs. PC


I am sick of snobby Mac people acting like PC's, Microsoft, and Windows all make them vomit. You know what? Apple people make me vomit. Let's get to the bottom of this debate right now and settle it once and for all.

Apple people say that PC's always crash and Mac's never do. They also say that Mac's are much better for graphics. The reality is that used to be true, but now much of the same hardware, processors, memory, and graphic chipsets are used in both PC's and Mac's. And yes Windows used to have a lot of memory-related operational problems causing it to crash but every generation of Windows improves upon the last. I have seen both Mac's and PC's crash. Mac's are not immune to hardware, software, or OS problems. As a matter of fact, most of the people that I know who claim the greatness of the Mac are all having problems with them right now. They're over-rated and people are sucked into paying almost twice as much for the same brains just with different packaging.

I will hand it to Apple though, they win in the looks category. Why does every PC have to be so damn clunky and ugly? Did Apple and Mac patent rounded corners, glossy finishes, and cool icons? From their handheld devices to their laptops and desktops, Apple/Mac are always cutting edge and futuristic looking.

But I can't stand the one button mouse. What's up with that? Can Apple people not multi-task with their mouse buttons? They are only able to point and click on one thing at a time? Do Apple people use both hands on the mouse too? Someone should tell them its not a Ouija Board.

The bottom line is that regardless of which operating system you use, the best computer is the one with the fastest CPU and most amount of memory. Hands-down, those are the two variables that make the most difference when it comes to your computer-using experience. I think Mac people overpay for their computers and claim its because the Mac outperforms the PC. Last time I checked, sitting at Starbucks checking your email isn't really a true measure of computing performance, you yuppies. The reality is that Mac people pay more for their computers because they like the way it looks and want to be part of an elite club of snobs. I want something that's going to get the job done, not be expensive to replace if I drop it, and has universally accepted programs and file types. PC's are the most customizable for your specific application, there are tons of vendors, Windows gets better with every version, and you know that every computer lab or internet cafe you walk into will have the same Microsoft/Windows based programs on it. With Apple, you are at their mercy for hardware and software. Assuming Congress and Obama don't decide to pass a new bill requiring the use of one type of computer over another in the name of economic stimulation, I'm sticking with PC's, Dell's to be specific.

Don't worry though Apple people, at least you guys have really great commercials.

13 comments:

  1. You get them Jake!!! I am also tired of everyone complaining about Vista...its not that bad. So what they got ride of the word START and replaced it with the windows logo in the same spot....hello, its still the same windows. Oh, and I think its cool to be the fat guy with glasses!!! Finally, I was laughing the other day when hackers went have apple and caused the first major virus for apple...looks like there numbers are starting to get big enough for hackers to attack now.

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  2. You nailed this one on the head Jake. It's not just Mac's either...i-Pod's and i-phones are under the same scrutiny in my opinion. You pay twice as much as their competitors because their products "look cool" and have great commercials. And then when Microsoft starts spending money on marketing to keep up with Apple, Apple dogs them about how much money they are spending...like they aren't doing the same thing!!

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  3. Well, once again I am going to disagree with you a little bit Jake. I agree with most of what you say regarding the elitist club and paying for a status symbol but I don't see the Mac and PC being equal at all. Is one better than the other? I guess it really depends on what your main use will be with you computer.

    The PC is the best for professional/business use because, like you said, it has the most widely accepted file formats and probably a wider variety of compatible software for the OS. The Microsoft suite of applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc) are great in the business world and are used everyday. But Microsoft also offers those programs on the Mac, but you have to pay for it on top of the hefty price you already paid for the machine.

    The Mac is the best for your Multimedia outlets, like graphics, music, photo editing, etc. Apple has made awesome video cards standard and has really catered to the “artists” of the world. Some of the stuff you can do on the standard software with the Mac is pretty sweet. But, like the Microsoft being available on your Mac, you can upgrade any of your video or sound cards to greatly improve quality. You can also buy many awesome editing programs to be used with your PC. Problem is that it can get expensive.

    The bottom line is that the PC and Windows have dominated the computer world for the past 20 years. Every software company that was created during the past 20 years has written code designed to be compatible with Windows. The Mac has been around for quite some time too but it is just now (in the past 5 years) started to become an actual competitor with Microsoft. That’s another reason you never saw Microsoft commercials until now. There was never any competition in the market that would require them to spend money in that area. Apple has catered to the people who want a “better experience” from their computer and have been able to capitalize on the “Microsoft blows” bandwagon and turn it into a profit. I think you are going to continue to see a rise in the market share that Apple has as they become more popular. This will in turn create a larger demand for more software that is compatible with Macs. This will also hopefully require Microsoft to quit delivering such terrible products (like Vista despite a previous post’s approval of such crap) and actually become a respectable company that doesn’t have a virtual monopoly on the computer industry.

    It comes down to your personal preference and what you want from your machine. Jake is right though when he says that storage space and CPU processing speed are the two biggest factors into your computer’s performance. Consumers are pretty much idiots when it comes to buying quality products. Just do a little homework about the product you want to buy and quit believing everything you see on TV!

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  4. Well actually once again, you are wrong JB. The biggest factors in graphic performance are CPU, memory, and video card. Over the past 5 years Apple has finally wised up and switched over to Intel chips and AMD and NVIDIA GeForce graphic cards. This is the same crap that most PC's have been using forever. Apple just finally realized that it was stupid for them to be in the hardware market and starting taking advantage of all the great hardware improvements that were being made by companies like Intel.

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  5. And to retort with Brett's iPod and iPhone comments (since I am an iPhone user and lover), I don't really think you can say that the iPhone has a true competitor yet. Yes, there are other touch-screen phones with built in GPS and weather-checking capabilities but there is nothing that offers the versatility of the iPhone. In November of 2008 the Apple store had over 10,000 iPhones apps and the number keeps growing. The versatility of the iPhone is what makes it a leader in its market. Is it still too expensive for what it's worth? Absolutely. But the rest of America (myself included) either doesn't care or disagrees.

    And Apple was forced to spend the advertising money because they had to enter an existing market that was dominated by a virtual monopoly. If they didn't spend on marketing, they would have never gotten out of the red...

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  6. What is your complaint about Vista Justin, why is it crap? I will agree with the fact that Microsoft does not always push out the best stuff. Apple does have the edge if you want to make movies, but I don't think they do for Photo software. If you are an artist in the photography world, you are not going to be using apples built-in software...you will be buying Photoshop or Lightroom. I can't say much about the I-phone sense I don't have one. But I will never own one as long as they are on the crappy network known as AT&T...I personally think my touch screen LG Verizon phone is just as nice as my I-pod touch...minus the the bunch of Free programs you don't use that much.

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  7. add my name to the apple hater lists! A certain member of my family used to think apple was the only way to go. So we bought this family member an Apple. The piece of crap crashed in less than a year. So we bought this family member another Apple and the second piece of crap lasted less than one year. This same family member got an I-phone which had to be replaced immediately (yes it crashed). So I agree it depends on your needs and more importantly who is paying!!

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  8. Jake - I concede to you that the insides of PCs and Macs are now virtually the same so I guess it comes down to performance. Comparing XP to the Mac OS is probably a wash between the two with the edge actually going to the PC from an affordability standpoint. But if you compare Vista to the Mac OS then I think the edge goes to the Mac from a performance standpoint. That's where I address Kevin.

    Kevin - That wasn't a personal attack because I had no idea who Moonb007 was! :) But I still stay that Vista is crap. I don't care about the new user interface changes (though I think they made way too many and it requires the user to re-learn the OS so I might as well by a Mac...but I digress). It's crap because it sucks out all your RAM and makes everything run slow. Vista is a caching beast. Take a look at this Popular Mechanics article from May of 2008 comparing the performance of the Mac vs a PC. It's pretty interesting. Pages 1 and 4 have the info and 2 and 3 are data.
    http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/reviews/4258725.html?page=1

    Nancy - I'm starting to notice a trend here. Maybe you are just transfering your aggression from said family member onto Apple. I don't know - I'm no Freud!

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  9. Justin - Wow thanks. Wasn't expecting that. I'll let you and Kevin sort out the OS debate. I will say that although I've never had problems with Vista I also have 4GB of RAM and had to disable some of the functions to maximize the speed of some of my programs, like AutoCAD. I don't think its realistic for normal computer users to have or need that much RAM just to be able to check their email or write a Word document.

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  10. Yea, I don't know why my user name changed from Kevin to Moonb007...oh well. It was not a personal attack, I was just wanting to know what you personally don't like. I will give you the fact that it does run a lot of RAM. It is not for your old computers...which is why everyone started hating on it. If you have XP and go install VISA it will slow down everything. But new computers have enough RAM where its not really a problem. As far as re-learning...yea they have changed the look of a lot of things, but everything is really in the same spot. However they did mess with Office a lot. Also they went over board on the warning bubbles...but I shut those off.

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  11. Jake...will you post a new blog so we will quit talking about computers? I hate computers.

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  12. Yes, I agree with Brett. Plus, it reminds me that my computer is 9 years old and I can't afford a new one....PC or Apple. Oh and iPhones rock...until you can show me another phone that has all the same capabilities shut you pie hole. Yes, AT&T sucks...the only reason I have them is because the iPhone totally makes up for it. Best business move they have ever made.

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  13. ouch Mom, it's true though. I love the look of Macs and the fact that I never had to worry about viruses. I loved the little things too, like how even when you exited out of a window, the program was still open, etc. I also liked designing significantly more on a Mac but that could have just been because I was used to it.

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