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#1 JJ133169

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:40 PM

hey all, im doing a paper on PC vs mac and why pc is better.

Anyone have any tips? or links, or sources or even a paper itself that i can look at for some information? it has to be about 3 double spaced pages. All help is appreciated!

Its due Thursday morning.
so if its past Thursday morning don't bother posting to this :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 April 2010 - 10:51 PM

http://www.intel.com/learn/practical-advic...luate/pc-vs-mac
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven't got it.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 07:56 AM

Great article you linked Budapest.

That's a tough assignment JJ. I don't think it's possible for someone to objectively state that one is 'better" than the other. As that article points out, they suit different people. For me, a PC is a better fit. I like to build my own and play with the software. Tweak here....... tweak here.... oh crap, I broke it......... i fixed it......... let's see if I can break it again...........



You can't do that with a Mac. I DO find however that Mac users tend to be snotty about their Mac's. Like the Mac is some sort of holy grail and since they use one they are a breed above. They like to think that you can't hack into a Mac but that's just not true. It took this guy 2 minutes in 2008. In 2009, he did it in under 10 seconds. At another "hacking contest" this year one guy showed something like 20 vulnerabilities in the Mac OS. i can't find the link though.........

Anyways, good luck. Those two articles should help you a little.

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Posted 21 April 2010 - 11:18 AM

DeathStalker yes that guy i read about it was very amusing one thing that was even better was that apple patched them all the same day but yes the mac is just another over priced computer. i have 6 myself but there all the power pc macs the good ones before intel. but they are nice i actually know more i think about a mac than a PC. ahha but i know a lot about pc as well. macs are just that thing that everyone thinks they have to have to make them cool.
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Posted 27 April 2010 - 03:56 PM

Just depends on who you talk to I guess. I've seen people say their mac had less problems than their pc where they were glad that they switched. That would tend to seem true judging by the relatively few posts here in the mac forum compared to the windows forums but that could partly be since there are less mac owners here also. I've never had a mac and would like to try one to see if it would be less trouble to keep running for me like it was for the people I talked to.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 01:46 AM

I used to love mac when they used powerPC. once apple switched to intel, they lost my respect. As far as the operating system goes-mac is more secure then windows is, though its starting to see its fair share of viruses. Personally, I dont like the layout, prefer linux. :D

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 02:46 AM

i prefer PC not mac.

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Posted 28 April 2010 - 05:26 AM

Though I really should clarify this, MAC is not a type of computer, it is a Operating system, just like windows, or linux. Apple is the manufacturer of the actual computer.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:13 AM

This has to be one of the most disputed arguments of all time. PCs and macs are all the same on the inside. Whether you could define one computer as being better than another is entirely dependent upon ones system specifications. As for the Operating Systems, they both have their advantages and disadvantages. The Mac OS is more secure and built on a UNIX platform, but it does not have as many software titles as does Windows. The Windows operating system is less secure (although no one wants to admit it. :thumbsup: ), but features many software titles. And, as for the whole concept of Macs being less prone to viruses than PCs, that statement is just bull. Yes, Apple has kept their software under lock and key and therefore, their software has less viruses, but that doesn't mean that the Mac OS is invincible. And even though the virus count for Windows is still growing, That doesn't mean that PCs are bound to get infected. That is entirely dependent upon how you use your computer. If you just spend your time making home movies, listening to store bought music, watching Youtube, and keeping up on other social websites, then your chances of getting infected are slim. But if your the kind of person who downloads new programs all the time, clicks on ads, and watches porn, then you will probably get infected. But basically, your just buying the same thing either way. Whether it be the Holy Grail, expensive, Macintosh. Or the cheaper, good ole' PC. The only other difference is that a PC is more customizable than a Mac. I mean really, silver aluminum compared to say, oh i don't know, an Alienware?

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 11:31 PM

well, in todays world thats true jnk. In old school macs however, the technology wasn't, they used to use something called powerPC architecture. the technology was far superior then that of intel or AMD CPUs. However, they decided to move away for that for several reasons, problems with the manufacturer (IBM) better compatibility with windows programs (you can make windows programs run on a modern day macintosh operating system) and intel was a little cheaper. Its to bad really, that powerPC technology could have taken them places.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 08:38 AM

I was just going to ask something that you mention the_patriot09 -

Isn't the current "Mac" really a PC running the MAC OS using the same CPU architecture as other "PC"s?


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Posted 03 May 2010 - 12:47 PM

Correct. Apply computers used to run something called PowerPC, which was far better technology then intel or AMD CPUs, could outperform either one. Then, due to some issues with IBM (the maker of the original PowerPC chip I believe) and for marketing reasons (better compatibility with windows programs) apple decided to switch to intel. and not a special intel, just one of their regular intel CPUs-the kind you can buy and put in any windows computer. The hardware is virtually the same-you can load windows onto a apple computer and it will run. Part of why I no longer respect anything by apple. Ive never liked how the OS was setup (not dissing the OS, it is a good os, its just a personal preference) and now that the hardwares the same, I can build a regular PC often for half the price, and get a os I like better (linux) so ya.

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 06:49 PM

LOL Patriot, I get tickled when you talk about the "old" Apple computers IE the power PC thing. That was like 1991 wasn't it, some 15 years into Apple computers? That seems like yesterday to me. We differ on the "old" definition and on the whole Mac/PC thing in general. I was there when it all started.


If it was so good, why did they stop?

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Posted 03 May 2010 - 10:53 PM

several reasons, first, I don't know if I totally understand the whole deal, but it had something to do with the contract between apple and IBM (who made the powerPC chip) and IBM stopped selling them out. Second, was compatibility. With the newer intel chips you could run windows in a box and run all your windows programs that way. with powerPC you couldn't do that, there was no compatibility, since windows won't run on a powerPC architecture, even inside a box, while, since intel CPUs are used both in windows PCs and now in apple, windows apps are easier to run. And believe it or not, I do believe intel CPUs are still cheaper then a powerPC chip. The powerPC is not dead-IBM still makes servers and super computers with it-but you don't see them for sale at your average consumer market, pretty much a business use only type deal now.

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Posted 04 May 2010 - 01:02 PM

I wonder if the Gov't uses them in the space shuttle or the F-15's or something which is why they still male them. That's why they still make 286's ...............

Edit: Or is it the 386? I'm almost positive it's the 286. I need to check on that.

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