Windows or Mac?  If you had to choose just one, get a Mac

“‘I’m getting a computer for my daughter. She keeps using mine and messing it up,’ he said. Pause. ‘But she wants a Mac. And I want to get her a PC,’ he continued. Then silence, until I realized he was waiting for my thoughts (he knew I wrote these columns about computers, having for years noticed my constant incoming flood of test software and systems),” Phillip Robinson writes for Knight Ridder News.

“He finished, ‘Macs are more expensive, and all she wants to do, really, is e-mail and download music,'” Robinson writes. “‘Everyone I know who has a Mac loves it,’ I said. ‘And they’re great for music.'”

“‘But you use PCs, right?’ he asked. ‘I use everything,’ I said. ‘…[But,] if I had to get rid of all my computers but one, the Mac is the one I’d keep,'” Robinson writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good advice.


  1. He does make a mistake in suggesting that Tiger’s already out when it may not be available for almost a year.

    I like how he’s essentially tolf this guy to get his daughter a mac, told him all the good reasons, but you get the impression that all the good advice will be ignored. But then the write is kicking himself for not mentioning security/viruses and stuff. I don’t recall reading about stability either. So he thinks he’s done enough to convince the guy WITHOUT mentioning the bad stuff. Pretty impressive.

    There are two sides to the same coin. Often we talk about why we WON’T use Windows. Other times we talk about why we DO use Macs. Put them both together and you have to wonder why the hell _anyone_ uses a PC.

  2. “Hey, on a Mac you can have lots of “computers” – just give her her own login, and forget it!”

    Exactly! And if Dad REALLY wants her to be able to use Windoze (probably for the co-miserating) then install Virtual Pee Sea; you get 2 operating systems in one enclosure, no need to shell out to Dell.

  3. How are you going to by a mac when apple wont have emacs and imacs for months? oh i guess she gets a laptop or powermac. Apple has screwed up yet again. amazing they can stay in business

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