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Old 09-20-2011, 03:26 PM   #155
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I am 100% Windows on a PC. I don't like anything that is closed source. I can install anything I want anytime I want and I can build my own computers and put whatever parts I want in them. I have access to the operating system in Windows and can hack it. The cost of an apple and the software is more than a used Airstream. I can put a PC together for $500. I can get all kinds of stuff to go in the computer. I don't have to spend $1000 on an apple widget when I can get the same thing for a PC for $50. Now if all you do is surf the internet then it don’t matter what you use. If you are computer illiterate you are better off with an apple.

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Old 09-20-2011, 04:02 PM   #156
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Old 09-20-2011, 04:09 PM   #157
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Hi Perry,

Actually I couldn't disagree with you more. I use Windows based PCs & Servers at work, Linux servers (at work), and an Apple Macbook Pro at home. While I agree that Windows PC hardware is commodity priced. What most people don't realize is that the same SATA hard disk in your Windows PC notebook works just fine in my MacBook Pro. I purchase my RAM from Kingston technologies for a fraction of what Apple charges for the same thing. I recently needed an External USB DVD drive and found one on Amazon for $8, sold for the PC crowd, but works perfectly on my Mac, no drivers necessary on OS-X Lion. Now the real beauty of the Mac (IMHO) lies not in the hardware, which is pretty nice by itself, but rather in its OS. Being able to open a terminal window and directly harness the power of the unix kernel is wonderful. Sadly, the Windows command prompt is more of a holdover from the days of MS-DOS. Also, while windows hardware may be cheap, check out what Microsoft charges for their server operating systems, Apple's server pricing policy is much cheaper in the long run. The chief problem with Apple, if there is one, is that a lot specialized software is written solely for Windows, but even this may be changing as the iPad had taken many specialized markets by storm. One's choice of computer is kind of like one's choice of a TV, be it Chevy, Dodge, Ford, or Toyota, none are perfect and require a trade-off somewhere.

IMHO, at the end of the day, all that really matters is that you and I both use the flavors of computers that we like and that they talk to each other, after all that is what the Internet is for.

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Old 09-20-2011, 06:58 PM   #160
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I am 100% Windows on a PC. I don't like anything that is closed source. I can install anything I want anytime I want and I can build my own computers and put whatever parts I want in them. I have access to the operating system in Windows and can hack it. The cost of an apple and the software is more than a used Airstream. I can put a PC together for $500. I can get all kinds of stuff to go in the computer. I don't have to spend $1000 on an apple widget when I can get the same thing for a PC for $50. Now if all you do is surf the internet then it don’t matter what you use. If you are computer illiterate you are better off with an apple.

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I've built computes in the past but nothing you can put together with off-the-shelf parts can compare to the finished quality of a system in which the software and hardware were designed to work together specifically.

I really don't like the term "computer illiterate" because it propagates the idea that computers should be difficult for someone without special training to operate. Power users, people who build their own systems and like to hack the OS, are vastly out numbered by people who just want to browse the internet, email pictures of the dog and listen to some music. The Mac is FAR better at those tasks, and yet, can satisfy even power users.

I spend most of my day using a computer, am more than computer literate and have made the choice to use a mac because its easy to use, I spend almost no time maintaining the system, and because I can do anything that I want to on it.

All the research that I've seen tends to show that mac users are, in fact, more "computer literate" than their PC counterparts (for example: Are Mac users smarter? - CNET News)
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Surprising to see the high proportion of Mac users here - it would be interesting to know how it works out as a percentage of responders - not interesting enough for me to sift through 165 posts though!

Did anyone happen to go through that exercise?

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and more blue screen errors and freezing windows and bugs and other assorted windows horrow stories

I finally went MAC...first an iPad for Paula and just two weeks ago i found the Mac Mini....a super computer that is only 5x7x2....hooked to a 23 " monitor....

just now learning all the differences....but lovin it
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