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Deciding between a PC and a Mac?


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#1 JonM33

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 01:01 PM

RE: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7.../pc-vs-mac.aspx
  • Having Fun
    When it's time to enjoy movies, games, and HDTV from anywhere in your home, PCs are ready to play.
  • Simplicity
    Intuitive, familiar, and easy to use, PCs do what you want: they just work.
  • Working Hard
    PCs are always ready, willing, and—most importantly—able to get down to business.
  • Sharing
    Whether you're working or playing, PCs know how to help you get along with others.
  • Compatibility
    Most software is developed for PCs, and your PC will work with your music players, phones, cameras, and other devices.
  • Choice
    Pick a color you love. Midnight blue, espresso, or pink? PCs offer the most variety and options to match your style or price point.
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Posted 06 August 2010 - 03:54 PM

The only 2 things in the list that you posted that are true are the last 2, all of the rest the mac can do and can do sometimes even better. :thumbsup: Just my .02 cents

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 05:59 PM

Mac can't do games the way that Windows 7 can - not even close. It isn't intuitive either. I have a friend that recently got an iMac and she had no idea how to burn a DVD on it. With Windows, you drag and drop files to the DVD. It's that easy.

Mac isn't as good (or controllable) on a domain environment. You can use Group Policy in Active Directory to control everything on a workstation. You can't do that on a Mac.

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Posted 06 August 2010 - 08:19 PM

Anymore, I tend to think a PC is better. In the past, back when apple used PowerPC yah, Id say Mac > then PC. when Apple switched to intel, bah, the OS might be more secure and able to process more then windows, but that doesnt take much. I can build a PC that will perform just as good as an apple, same specs, for half the price, throw linux on it, and be more secure and outperform either OS. So theres my .02 cents.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 08:25 PM

@JohnM33,
I have to agree with you. Windows has all of the features one will ever need, and most of the open source technologies, PHP, Perl, and all of those, their Windows implementations are just as good as those for the Mac and Unix based systems.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:46 PM

Anymore, I tend to think a PC is better. In the past, back when apple used PowerPC yah, Id say Mac > then PC. when Apple switched to intel, bah, the OS might be more secure and able to process more then windows, but that doesnt take much. I can build a PC that will perform just as good as an apple, same specs, for half the price, throw linux on it, and be more secure and outperform either OS. So theres my .02 cents.

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I, personally, would get a Mac simply for the novelty of having one. There's no real practical reason I would need it.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 05:14 AM

PC all the way.. Don't eat an Apple. Also, most software these days are for PC platforms.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 05:50 PM

This woman came up to me at work today and asked if I (and a group of co-workers) were the "computer guys". I said that we were. She asked if she could ask us a question. She stated that she had just gotten a Mac and an HP all-in-one printer and that the scanner would not scan with the Mac software. Mind you, we are all Windows support and the place doesn't have any Macs whatsoever.

Funny, supposedly Macs "just work". Had she gotten a Windows 7 PC I doubt she would have had a problem at all. We told her we weren't Mac "people" and best option would be to call HP. She thanked us for our time and walked away.

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Posted 25 August 2010 - 07:55 PM

what, you didnt recomend BC :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:00 AM

This woman came up to me at work today and asked if I (and a group of co-workers) were the "computer guys". I said that we were. She asked if she could ask us a question. She stated that she had just gotten a Mac and an HP all-in-one printer and that the scanner would not scan with the Mac software.


OK, let's say she had a Windows based PC and had voiced the same problem, what would you have said?

First, is the printer compatible or does it have drivers for the version of the OS she is using?

If so, perhaps she need to download software/drivers?


I'm not a MAC person, either, but some troubleshooting is basic with any PC. If the HP printer (and I would have asked the model number) is not MAC compatible, I would have let her know that.

Let's be honest here, haven't you seen a Win 7 system that did not work properly with an HP printer until the proper software/drivers were downloaded?


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Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:10 AM

First thing I would have said would have been have you installed the software that came with it and then I would have recommended BC. :thumbsup:

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 09:49 AM

hahaa... good story...

As for the mac vs. pc... I think pc just makes sense.. It's compatible with pretty much everything.. you get a better bang for your buck (if you compare specs of one same priced computer to another).. and personally, I find pc just easier to use, especially Windows 7. I grew up on windows, and trying to switch to mac was like taking a step back. Maybe that's just me, but I dunno.
Besides, all my friends who have mac's always try to defend them, but they have no other argument other then "It's just better"... because they paid a lot for something they know nothing about.
And for anyone who thinks mac's are inpenitrable by virus', that is false... there just exists more virus' for windows then for mac.. there exists so many free and unreal antivirus programs out there, there is no excuse why your computer should be infected in the first place. If you take care of your pc, you shouldn't have any problems...!

ps... hooray for the existence of BC

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:20 PM

what, you didnt recomend BC :thumbsup:


Even here I point people to manufacturers sometimes.

OK, let's say she had a Windows based PC and had voiced the same problem, what would you have said?

First, is the printer compatible or does it have drivers for the version of the OS she is using?

If so, perhaps she need to download software/drivers?


I'm not a MAC person, either, but some troubleshooting is basic with any PC. If the HP printer (and I would have asked the model number) is not MAC compatible, I would have let her know that.

Let's be honest here, haven't you seen a Win 7 system that did not work properly with an HP printer until the proper software/drivers were downloaded?


1. She was asking a question about a personal computer and not a work computer. As an IT professional you are not inclined to help people on their personal computer problems while you are at work.
2. If it was a Windows 7 PC then it would have worked without a problem.
3. She claimed that she purchased the HP all-in-one because it specifically had Mac compatibility (probably on the box). Perhaps that might have been printing only but who knows.
4. Toubleshooting is basic but you don't troubleshoot someone's personal computer issues while you are at work and on the clock. It's a professional no-no. I always refer people to the manufacturer or Geek Squad because I don't get paid to offer personal advice. If someone asks me if I can help on my lunch break of after work hours and offers payment, then I might help them.
5. No, I have not seen someone purchase a Windows 7 PC and a new printer and not have it working with the drivers/software included on the CD.

If you are wondering why I even bother helping people here (and for free), it is because I am on my own personal time and not at work. It is my free will to help people and not "expected" because I am the convenient "company computer guy".

Edited by JonM33, 26 August 2010 - 05:21 PM.





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