Scripps Howard: Windows vs. Mac? ‘Apple is the most elegant choice, their stuff just feels better’’

“PC or Mac? Nothing is more of a divisive issue in computing today. But Mac users actively advocate their choice. If you say something crummy about IBM or Dell, you never get a letter. Say something nasty about a Mac and villagers gather at your house carrying torches and pitchforks. It comes from being an underdog; at best Apple has only about 5 percent of the market. But their product is very nice,” James Derk, computer columnist for Scripps Howard News Service writes.

“In my view, the answer is software-driven. If the software you plan to use is available for both platforms, then Apple is the most elegant choice. Their stuff just feels better. The PC is the more frugal, universal choice,” Derk writes.

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  1. If more tech journalists sat a Windows PC and a Mac on their desks, and used them both before writing articles, Mac users would be a lot less vocal. A lot of what is written about the Mac is quite valid….if you are talking about Mac OS8. Just like most of the IT world, tech journalists in the main know Windows and not much more, and most of those that have used a Mac haven’t done so since the mid-90s. If I were to write in a newspaper that Windows networking was based on NetBEUI, and that Windows only used the first 640k RAM effectively, what would their response be? The first time they would laugh, the second time may annoy, but after several hundred times, I think the pitchforks and torches would be coming out. Better journalism is required, that’s all.

  2. All I can say is I have enough PC headaches at work, why bring it home? Therefore, I use Macs at home and can forget all the PC crap!!! Mmmmm, may be this is a new foundation for a brand new Mac ad campaign!!!! Hello, any ad executrices out there listening? The new slogan will be: “You have ENOUGHT PC at work, WHY bring it home? Use a Mac!!!”

  3. Yeah… too bad Apple overprices their products. 🙁

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Apple came up with something comparable to PC performance and equivilant prices. Now that’d definitely increase sales.

  4. Yeah… too bad Apple overprices their products. 🙁

    Wouldn’t it be nice if Apple came up with something comparable to PC performance and equivilant prices. Now that’d definitely increase sales.

  5. Mac & PC Guy: “Wouldn’t it be nice if Apple came up with something comparable to PC performance and equivilant prices.”
    Now there’s a scary thought!

  6. The most virulent anti-Mac people I have met are those who have never used a Mac. That is, a significant number of PeeCee apologists are people who choose to be ignorant about the very subject that they claim to be an expert.

    Then there are others who damn Apple with faint praise. I suggest that these people also have failed to use the Mac or lacked the appropriate skills to use the Mac as intended. For many of these people because the Mac �works differently� from a PeeCee this is itself a �problem�. These are people who find it difficult to learn much of anything or are simply content with the status quo of Windoze.

    Yes, yes, PeeCees have more software than Macs. This is often the standard complaint raised by those who are too parsimonious to buy new software anyhow or are again too challenged to learn how to use new software. True, the PeeCee has some excellent software that that Mac�s do not have, however, I have yet to find that even this is a genuine concern in day to day use in business, academics, or at home.

  7. parsimonious (as in “parsimonious”) adj. : excessively unwilling to spend; “parsimonious thrift relieved by few generous impulses”; “lived in a most penurious manner–denying himself every indulgence”

  8. Macs are overpriced? How? I will use my current Mac longer and with fewer interruptions (i.e. crashes, virii infections, etc.) and thereby be so more productive and get better value for my money paid for a Mac than any PC user ever will. How can that be overpriced? Every time I’ve looked at those combined ratios, TCO for a Mac wins over a PC.

  9. Last time I looked, the software that was best-in-class and mattered to me most ran only on Mac:
    iMovie, Safari, Final Cut Pro, iDVD, DVD Studio Pro, iSync, iChat AV, Mail, iCal, GarageBand, etc., etc., etc. Hell, even MS Office for Mac is better than it is on a Wintel PC.

    I pity the Wintel Sufferers� – I really do.

  10. Articles always talk about apps missing on Mac… but funny how they can’t give examples that don’t have good alternatives. The legitimate examples of Windows-only software dealbreakers are pretty obscure compared to the MAINSTREAM apps that Macs DO have. And how about the Mac-only stuff like iMovie and iDVD?

    For many users, its the PC that lacks good alternatives.

    (Games? There are more on Mac than I could ever play, and more than enough to keep me busy for the weeks or months delay that SOME games have in coming to Mac. Is the game less fun because I can’t brag about being one of the first to own it?)

  11. Macs more expensive? Humm, Powerbooks at the lab cost ~$100 LESS than the laptop PC when in similar (but not better) configuration.

    It also depend how much value you give to your money: to me ~$2000 on a Powerbook is better spent than ~$1499 on any PC clone laptop.

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