The Washington Post’s Pegoraro: ‘Just get a Mac’

Apple StoreThe Washington Post’s Rob Pegoraro is often online to answer readers’ personal tech questions and discuss recent reviews.

A few Q&As caught our eye:

Virginia Beach, VA: Livecare, macAfee, Norton, etc: Why aren’t the costs of these services considered when purchasing a Windows machine? I keep hearing that Macs are overpriced, but don’t recall needing to subscribe to a antiviral package.
Rob Pegoraro: In the computing industry, the phrase for this kind of calculation is “TCO,” or total cost of operation. And you should think about these costs–financial and otherwise–when buying a computer or any other complex electronic device.

Dave (Fairfax, VA): I want to migrate from a PC to a Mac. In the meantime, I want to use an external hard disc to back up my PC data and eventually move it to the Mac. Can I buy an HFS+ disk now to back up my PC data; or do I have to buy NTFS hard disk now, and reformat it HFS+ after I’ve moved the data to a Mac?
Rob Pegoraro: Nope. Get your external hard drive, format it as a FAT32 disk, and you can use it with your Mac and your PC interchangeably. (FAT32, NTFS and HFS+ are all disk file-system formats; the first two are Microsoft standards, while the last is Apple’s.)

DC: Hi Rob- Hope you can take my question. Looking to buy a new laptop to replace a desktop that has been “hijacked”. What do I need to know as I go shopping? I want to make sure it comes loaded with proper protection. Thanks!
Rob Pegoraro: You can’t–nobody sells a Windows PC, AFAIK, with a really good set of security software. Best you can do is to buy whatever computer meets your needs, then follow the items in this checklist: Basic Rules Plus Common Sense Add Up to Security

Or, you know, you could just get a Mac.

Full Q&A session here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Whit” for the heads up.]

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  1. I just had breakfast with someone who bought an iBook for his daughter last year and is really impressed with the new I’m a Mac commercials. I think the tide is begining to rise.

  2. There are a lot (probably a majority) of people who will always settle for the just good enough solution (PC’s) and not appreciate what the Mac platform has to offer, but there are plenty who will, and it’s starting to look like they are getting it. It takes this sort of thing some time to get rolling because people inherently do not like change but it appears to be working.

  3. ‘PC Pro’ magazine is running a feature called: “Mac vs. Vista”. The articles deal with should one consider switching.

    I was amused because of course “Vista” doesn’t exist! Things are so bad in the peecee camp that they are resorting to comparing Mac OS X Tiger to the Vista vaporware . Comparing currently shipping products from Apple and M$ would be like pitting a Tiger shark (pun intended) against a gold fish (Windblows of course).

    Rock on Steve!
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    MDN Magic Word: “serious”. They can’t be.

  4. Besides the problem with security, does anybody have ever tried installing software in windows, and then installed the same software for Mac? in windows, there are a bunch of DLLs, registry keys and OCxs that takes too much space and can o t be removed if you uninstall the software because can damage windows. In Mac, you just trow it to the trash and that is it. Windows is a pain in the (*^% not just for security, but also for stability and esay of use and maintain.

  5. if you were going to buy a new car and were told you will need to purchase a pair of jumper cables, 12 quarts of oil, some powersteering fluid, a perrinial tow truck membership, AAA, and two spare tires (for good measure) to be out the door and running, would you?

    Sound Crazy?????

    Well . . . . you have no idea . . .!

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