Mac versus PC: The Eternal Struggle

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Post by Sascha (sab) » Aug 27th 2004, 11:53 am

I'm a PC user through and through since the early age of so-called "IBM-compatibles". My first contact with Apple was a few years ago at the University, we had there some cool Macs for digital AV and later a G3. Two years ago we put OS X on it and everyone was amazed by the look & feel of it. I think it's the perfect (but unfortunately very expensive) computer for beginners. For more experienced users, I think both PC and Mac are on the same level these days for office work, internet and multimedia. Photoshop, Mozilla and OpenOffice run as good on Windows as they do on OS X. PCs can look as cool as Macs (but I don't care about that, the cases of my PCs are hidden in another room). Only if you're a hard core gamer, Windows XP is still the only way to go.

I thought about buying a Mac laptop a few years ago - they are thin, have builtin WLAN support, firewire, good batteries and they look really awesome :-). But they were too expensive, so I opted for a Dell notebook and I didn't regret this decision so far.

More experienced computer users should also consider Linux - modern distributions like Suse or Fedora are really easy to install and are a serious and cheap alternative to Microsoft products. Linux desktops (e.g. Gnome or KDE) look and feel almost like Windows and there's a wide range of free and good software available. If one only needs a computer for simple tasks like internet, MP3, wordprocessing and some occasional image editing, Linux is the way to go IMHO. And there are really no problems with virii or other nasty stuff.

Another problem with modern PCs is that they eat a lot of energy and make a lot of noise. But they serve as a good heater replacement in the cold months ;-). Apple delivers its very high end top G5 dual processor model with water cooling ($3,000).
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Post by Nothingman » Aug 27th 2004, 2:23 pm

As a CAD specialist I've always used windows. I couldn't do my job with a one button mouse. I've got an 8 button optical wireless rechargable, the idea of one button just seems so obsurd. Can you add software that will allow you to use a multi button mouse?
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Post by Sascha (sab) » Aug 28th 2004, 12:21 pm

Nothingman wrote:As a CAD specialist I've always used windows. I couldn't do my job with a one button mouse. I've got an 8 button optical wireless rechargable, the idea of one button just seems so obsurd. Can you add software that will allow you to use a multi button mouse?
I don't know about 8 buttons but I had no problems replacing that horrible apple mouse with a Logitech 3-button/wheel USB mouse (which I usually use with my Dell notebook) - no driver software necessary, it worked instantly.

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Post by Natasha (candygirl) » Aug 28th 2004, 8:33 pm

Yup, we have replaced all the crappy Apple mouses (mice?) with nicer versions that we bought at Office Depot or the like - no special software, just plugged them in. I'd say we have at least four different types of newer mouses in our lab and none of them required any special software.
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Post by Jody Barsch* » May 9th 2006, 9:51 am

I like the new add campaign, I think it's pretty clever playing into the image that Apple has been cultivating for so long.

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