Mac versus PC

There has always been a long running debate about Mac versus PC.  A guy I met up at WordCamp has a really awesome post about the whole argument that completely is in line with my mindset.  It’s like we’re on the same wavelength…

Here’s some facts he lay out nice and early:

  • Macs are far less stable and secure and far more buggy and prone to crashes than people are willing to admit
  • Windows Vista doesn’t really have any compatibility problems
  • Mac is not the industry standard for video editing
  • There is no discernible difference in workload, efficiency or quality of the end result whether you are on a Mac or a PC
  • The days when Mac was the only platform you should use for digital imaging etc are long gone (as in early 1990’s long gone)
  • The fact that you own an Apple product (iPod, iPhone, iMac, iRack whatever) does not make you cooler, smarter, better or more skilled than anyone else

If you’re ever wondering my take on the whole argument, this guy puts it into words from pretty much my exact perspective.  Read the full article at on Morten Rand-Hendriksen’s blog.

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6 Responses to “Mac versus PC”

  1. Sean Hagen Says:

    Well, here’s one thing Macs have over Windows:

    They’re not giant rotten bloating corpses of backwards compatibility.

    The reason why most Windows computers are crash-prone is because Microsoft has done everything they could to make sure things were backwards compatible. It’s something that even programmers AT Microsoft have complained about, because not only does it make their job harder, they know it makes their code more insecure.

    Whereas you have something like OS X, which was a complete re-write of the OS on top of the BSD ( open source-ish Unix ) kernel! Yes, it means that companies have to re-write their programs to work, but it also means that OS X is leaner and more secure as a result.

    As for the rest of those points, here’s what I have to say:

    1) Yes, there are more crashes and whatnot on Macs than people want to admit, but there’s still less crashes and whatnot on a Mac than on a PC.

    2) Software, no. Hardware, hell yes. Microsoft may be on the hook for upwards of $8 billion because of that silly “Vista Certified” deal. Also, there are computers that come with Vista that can’t run XP because the hardware drivers for various components just don’t exist. You can put XP on the computer, sure. But you won’t be able to use the network card or sound card or various other bits.

    3) Macs never really were, from what I understand.

    4) That’s because there haven’t been any real studies done on this. I’m not saying one way or the other, but this point is kinda moot unless someone does a study.

    5) You may be able to use PC’s do comparable graphical editing, but Macs are the industry standard because that’s what many schools use to teach graphic design. Also, from people I work with, Macs and Apple displays have much better color correction than their PC counterparts. That’s just what I’ve heard though.

    6) Anyone that really believes that owning one brand of computer/music device/phone/whatever actually makes them cooler/smarter/skilleder are probably pretty pretentious anyhow.

    I really don’t know why I wrote that list. Linux forever!

  2. Paul Romein Says:

    I think I hit a nerve to prompt discussion! ;) Woot!

  3. Mark Says:

    What Sean said!

  4. The Monkey's Uncle Says:

    I’ve supported both formats over the years, and basically, if you want to tinker under the hood, add new graphic capabilities, get really geeky, then get a PC.

    It used to be (the System 7 days) that Macs were the best for Desktop Publishing, because originally stuff like Ventura Publishing, Quark etc took advantage of the Macs VLSI chips (VLSI = Very Large Scale Integrated = a bunch of stuff all on 1 chip rather than a bunch of connected chips). That point is gone now, since PCs have been upgraded to suit.

    PCs are like Ford Mustangs…yeah, they’re based on old tech, but they’re fast and fun anyway. And if you want to add power, accessorize, there’s a multitude of options in the aftermarket.

    Macs are like a Toyota Camrys. Sensible, gets you there and usually never breaks down, but if you want to modify it, you just scratch your head, shrug and accept that you will visit the Toyota dealer, and when all is said and done, you should have bought a newer Camry instead of repairing that old one.

  5. CezainValsol Says:

    Come on guys…Vista’s not THAT bad. I have Vista. I’m pretty happy with it.

  6. CezainValsol Says:

    I also realize that was off point, but yeah, Vista is pretty cool. I need sleep. Now.