IBS writer changes his tune about Apple Macintosh

“What should you look for when you’re buying a laptop? [One of the main things to consider is the] operating system. At this point, the only viable options for most people are Windows and Apple. There are a few consumer laptops that come preloaded with some flavor of Linux, but the numbers are so small that they don’t really figure into the discussion,” Rick Ellis writes for Internet Broadcasting Systems (IBS).

“When it comes to choosing between laptops running Windows or ones made by Apple Computer, there are a couple of factors to consider. Most people would consider Apple’s iBooks or PowerBooks to be easier to use than many Windows-based laptops. And if you’re worried about computer viruses, it’s definitely less of an issue with Apple models. But they generally cost more up-front (although some studies show you save money long-term), and if your laptop needs servicing, it might be a bit less convenient than if you own a no-name Windows laptop. They’re also not a good option if you’re into computer gaming,” Ellis writes.

“In the end, some of it comes down to personal taste, and the type of computer you’ll encounter at school, at work or any other place you might be sharing files. If your school is filled with PowerBooks, then owning an Apple is a lot more convenient. But if your office is filled with Windows models, and you’re going to be swapping files back and forth, Windows might be the best option,” Ellis writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Not quite a 180, but a much, much better effort from Mr. Ellis this time out. Regular MDN readers will probably recall that last week we took Mr. Ellis to task for an article about Apple’s iPod in which he wrote, “Apple’s MP3 player is trendy and has lots of accessories to choose from, and it tends to hold more music than most people could ever listen to in one lifetime. But it is also a more expensive, proprietary device. Choosing an iPod is similar to buying an Apple computer instead of a Windows computer. Either you can’t live without them, or you think they’re over-hyped and over-priced.”

We published his email address and also the IBS online contact form URL in our article last week (see the Related MacDailyNews article below). Congratulations, our guess is that your emails had a good effect! You might want to drop Mr. Ellis and/or IBS a note about his new article and congratulate Rick on his better treatment of Apple.

Just like last week’s article, Mr. Ellis’ new article has already been picked up by over one hundred television stations’ and other media outlets’ websites that are affiliated with IBS.

Related MacDailyNews article:
IBS: ‘Choosing an iPod similar to buying an Apple computer instead of Windows, it is a more expensive, proprietary device’ – November 10, 2004

16 Comments

  1. After reading last week’s MacDailyNews Ellis article, it is pretty clear that MDN’s action last week has resulted in a writer changing his views on Apple Macs this week. Views that hundreds of outlets will now publish. Think about how many more Macs Apple could sell because of this! Bravo, bravo, bravo, MDN! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. I think the article is pretty much a so-what. Frankly, the comment “But they [Apple laptops] generally cost more up-front (although some studies show you save money long-term)” does not gell with “Ports — Try to find a laptop with at least two USB ports, a FireWire connection, plus an Ethernet or PMCIA port. Of all the things you use on a daily basis, these will be at the top of the list. They’ll allow you to plug in everything from printers and CD burners to monitors and a mouse.”

    You don’t need a study, all you need to do is spec out a few Intel-based laptops against Apple’s and see. And you don’t need a study to figure out if you don’t get viruses, you don’t waste time and money fixing your computer to clean up the aftermath.

  3. There used to be a time when file swapping between win and MacOS used to be tricky. That was… I don’t know… 10 years ago? maybe? I work in a window dominated company (EA) and I asked for a Mac when I was hired. I can model in Maya and share any files from the servers. The only thing that’s been annoying is the extra file that is created when I save to the server. I usually delete it but it’s a pain.
    Anybody know how to fix this?

  4. I hate writing like this (and I get my share of zingers from Mac users):

    “When it comes to choosing between laptops running Windows or ones made by Apple Computer, there are a couple of factors to consider. Most people would consider Apple’s iBooks or PowerBooks to be easier to use than many Windows-based laptops. And if you’re worried about computer viruses, it’s definitely less of an issue with Apple models. But they generally cost more up-front (although some studies show you save money long-term), and if your laptop needs servicing, it might be a bit less convenient than if you own a no-name Windows laptop. They’re also not a good option if you’re into computer gaming.”

    WTHITAA????

    “There are a couple of factors to consider?” No there’s not. There’s a dozen or more. Cost. TCO. Service. Durability. Viruses. Worms. Size. Software. Upgrade costs. Weight.

    “…if you’re worried about computer viruses, it’s definitely LESS of an issue with Apple…” What? How about NO issue at all.

    “…if your laptop needs servicing, it might be less convenient than if you own a no-name Windows laptop?” Yeeeesh. What gives with this kind of thinking. Who do you know that’ll touch a non-name Windows laptop? You drop it off somewhere and they mail it in.

    Articles like this probably have a word limit. Editor: “Rick, give me 913 words on what to look for in a laptop. We’ll run it in Thursday’s edition.”

    “What to look for?” I don’t think so. Those basics should be covered in a couple of paragraphs and not take up the entire article. Then, get to some nitty gritty and compare an iBook and a PowerBook with something else, anything else. Point by point. Then draw a conclusion.

    Don’t just stand up. Stand up for something. At least, stand up for something besides sitting down.

    Tera Patricks
    Mac360.com

  5. So my PowerBook my not be a good option for computer gaming. OK, so which Windows machines would be a good option given the need for RAM, graphics card etc.

  6. They’re also not a good option if you’re into computer gaming

    Who the heck uses a laptop to serious game anyway? Their video cards are underpowered due to space constraints.

    My Dual 2 Ghz will get 400+ fps in UT2004.

    When I get my 30″ and 6800 Ultra I’ll get even more.

  7. “And if you’re worried about computer viruses, it’s definitely less of an issue with Apple models.”

    On the Windows side, EVERYONE is worried about viruses, so therefore EVERYONE should consider Mac’s. Well, maybe except the systems adminstrator who gets job security from the constant virus attacks.

    LESS of an issue with Apple models? how about NO issue at all?

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