Tech writer: ‘virus-and-spyware-prone Windows isn’t the way to go – get a Mac’

“Big things are happening in personal computers this winter. On the Macintosh side, Apple Computer has begun its momentous rollout of Macs with the Intel processors found in Windows PCs — a big shift from the company’s traditional anti-Intel stance,” Julio Ojeda-Zapata writes for The St. Paul Pioneer Press. “Nothing quite as seismic is occurring on the Windows side, but Intel has just debuted ‘Viiv’-branded PC designs for those seeking decent multimedia machines in simple-to-buy configurations. We tried out two computers, an Intel-based iMac and an affordable Viiv PC from Dell — one of dozens of PC makers to offer such machines beginning this year. Our test machines have one major factor in common: They use Intel ‘dual core’ processors that essentially consist of two processors on a single chunk of silicon. This means they can juggle more tasks at once without bogging down [and] they’re amazingly quiet.”

“The Viiv label makes PC shopping easier, because you know what you’re getting. The [Dell] XPS 200 is nice, but a bit more cash will get you a Viiv with iMac-caliber performance… Apple’s iMac includes the superb iLife, which also incorporates music-composing and Web-authoring apps. Our Dell loaner, though, only included Adobe’s Photoshop Elements photo-editing program. If it’s absolute peace of mind you crave, the virus-and-spyware-prone Windows isn’t the way to go. Get a Mac,” Ojeda-Zapata writes.

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  1. numero elf’s question: “So why are all Mac owners wanting to have Windows on their Mactels???”

    -No choice, some business software is written only for PC. (Though Macs are more and more handling business needs. Example of inventory, records, etc:

    -And some games only run on PC.

    For those of us who might be FORCED to use a PC at work, and aren’t into having EVERY video game at home, a nice virus/spyware/worm free, high tech, space saving, best operating system (written on the best base in the world–UNIX) choosing a Mac seems logical to us.

    Your second question:
    “You ever here of Wintel owners wanting OSX on thier Windows computers????”
    1. No, because they usually want the WHOLE computer. A Winduhz box is U-G-L-Y and the laptops are even uglier.
    2. I know people who have a mac and a pc–Mac to safely surf and do e-mail and use all the cool stuff. PC because they have to for work. PC sits idle with only specific purpose use.

  2. “So why are all Mac owners wanting to have Windows on their Mactels???”

    “ALL” Mac owners do not have this affliction. I would imagine the actual percentage of Mac owners willing to perform this lobotomy to be closer to 5%.

    If we wanted Windblows, we wouldn’t have bought a Mac. If we NEEDED Windblows, we could always buy one of those $300 PCs that PC-sufferers seem to think makes them superior.

    No thank you very much.

  3. Why are there so few viruses for the Mac? Because they have a tiny share of the desktop market. When more people have macs, we’ll see more mac viruses.

    Buy a mac to avoid viruses is very short sighted advice.

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