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Apple vs Microsoft

Apple vs Microsoft
« on: January 29, 2005, 09:33:05 AM »
Any mac users here wouldn't mind sharing why they prefer using the apple platform? I'm considering taking the plunge by selling my thinkpad for an ibook but I need some further convincement before taking that huge transition. Please leave out any anti-capitalism/differential reasons; do list all practical gains though considering i'm downgrading from a 1.4ghz to a 1.2ghz ibook with considerably lower specs than my current notebook.


Re: Apple vs Microsoft
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2005, 09:40:15 AM »
Specs are overrated.  Unless your going to be doing some serious computer work, you can do virtually everything on a MAC that you can do on a PC.  I have a Powerbook G4, 1.4 MHz and it has never crashed, always works just as I expect it, wireless was rediculously (sp..I just got up) easy to set up and nearly every peripheral from my old HP printer and my digital camera required only to plug it in and the MAC set it up automatically.  MAC OSX is so incredibly intuitive; it does what you expect it to do, all the time. 

I love my Mac, but unfortunately many schools require PC's, so check with your school.  You may consider, as has previously been posted, getting a low end PC, or holding on to your thinkpad, just for exams.  This is what I may have to do. 

Re: Apple vs Microsoft
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2005, 09:45:34 AM »
N.B. Do not get an ibook (although powerbooks are better) before checking with your law schools.  Some law schools won't allow you to use them for exams.

You can't really compare processor speeds out of context.  Lower speed g4 processors routinely out-perform higher-speed pentium processors on various tasks.. apple has those stats somewhere on its site.

Top 10 reasons to switch to apple:

Top 10 questions about switching:

What is the press saying?:

Edit: Here are the ways lower-speed apple processors out-perform higher-speed intel processors:

So just make sure you don't say to yourself "oh, but the dell is 3.5GHz, it must be better"


Re: Apple vs Microsoft
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2005, 09:48:54 AM »
unless you're a gamer, i don't see any reason that it would matter.


Re: Apple vs Microsoft
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2005, 09:51:08 AM »
powerpc chips are much more capable than pentiums.  we use powerpc in sonar/radar/image processing.  besides the clock rates are misleading.. when the pentiums get hot, the chips slow themselves down (not even talking about mobile processors)

Re: Apple vs Microsoft
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2005, 11:43:51 AM »
I've read some of those and would like to switch .. really tempted to actually .. what about ibook vs powerbook ? The price difference in my country is about a thousand bucks .. but the technical specifications seem very close to each other. I don't game btw .. i do alot of dvd watching, office work, net surfing, chatting etc etc ..

Re: Apple vs Microsoft
« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2005, 11:55:25 AM »
I think, generally speaking, if you don't already know why the powerbook is better, then you won't really benefit much from the benefits of having one.

Here are some links where the difference between ibook and powerbook are discussed:,2032682,2034500

Some of them are a bit dated, but they should provide you with a lot of info

Re: Apple vs Microsoft
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2005, 12:21:45 PM »
I currently use a 12" Powerbook G4, and have had Macs my entire life.  Here are some reasons why I prefer them:

1) They virtually never crash.  Unix-based OS = stability.  No blue screen of death; if a program crashes, it doesn't crash the entire computer.
2) Ease of use.  There's a reason that Macs used to corner the education market. Even a 5 year old can figure his way around one. Things just make sense; you don't need a 1000page manual to figure out how to perform simple tasks.
3) Aesthetics. They just look better--both the computer itself and the operating system.  This isn't a very big deal for most people though.

Now, I hear that Apple computers aren't very useful in many law schools because the test-taking software is Windows only.  That is a pretty significant negative.  Otherwise, there's not much to complain about with Macs except possibly their price. Just about everyone who uses Macs love them; three of my friends have already switched over to Apple after using my computer.  I highly recommend them for just about everything, except gaming, and apparently, law school test-taking.


Re: Apple vs Microsoft
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2005, 01:20:09 PM »
I have been a hardcore PC user all my life, and I bought my first Mac about 18 months ago to use for programming as an undergrad.  Before that, I use to make fun of mac users for being overpriced, which was a mistake.

The reason I love my mac are the followig:

1) No registry, so one less thing to bog down your system, or get spyware embedded in it.

2)  Ease of use.  Everything is made simpler, from wifi use, to installing and uninstalling programs.  Backing up and resintalling my PC takes me about 5 hours, I can do the same on my mac in under an hour.

3)  Stability and security.  My mac has crashed once in 18 months, and not having to worry about my homepage getting changed is nice.

Like someone said, as long as you don't play games or do Microsoft .net coding, you're set.


Re: Apple vs Microsoft
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2005, 01:23:27 PM »
real badasses use linux.
like jlf.  ;D