NY Times covers the basics of switching from Windows PC to Apple Mac

“Ten years ago, if you were a Windows user, the idea of switching to a Macintosh might not have seemed enticing. An abundance of new Windows software was arriving on store shelves, while the selection available to Mac users seemed to be falling behind, often relegated to a back corner of the same store,” Thomas J. Fitzgerald reports for The New York Times.

“Today the calculation is different. Apple Computer, through a series of transitions, has reinvented itself. With a new operating system, its own chain of retail stores, the iPod and now a new line of computers that run on Intel processors, this new and more mainstream Apple is catching the attention of Windows users, and many are curious about switching,” Fitzgerald reports.

Fitzgerald covers the basics of upgrading your personal computer experience from a Windows PC to Mac OS X machine, including software, Boot Camp and Parallels Desktop for Mac for running Windows applications, and security. Of the latter, Fitzgerald writes, “Security is another aspect of Macs that has Windows users curious. In Windows, antivirus and antispyware programs have become essential for defending against a variety of threats. So far, the Mac OS X operating system has not been infiltrated by viruses, and it remains free from the type of spyware threats that spread in the wild and go after Windows users, according to Symantec, maker of Norton Antivirus. But when Windows is run on Intel-based Macs, for example through Boot Camp or Parallels, it is vulnerable to the same virus and spyware threats that can affect conventional Windows-based PC’s.”

Fitzgerald also covers hardware and also includes a brief bit about switchers’ experiences in the full article here.

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Top Ten Reasons I’m Glad I’m a Mac Switcher – June 20, 2006
Switching To The Mac: A Guide For Windows Users – June 15, 2006
Detroit Free Press’ Wendland: Apple MacBook Pro ‘the finest portable computer I have ever owned’ – March 14, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald Tech columnist dumps Microsoft Windows, switches to Apple Mac – June 13, 2006
Moving Microsoft Internet Explorer Favorites to Apple Safari Bookmarks when you switch – June 08, 2006
Apple Boot Camp’s ‘Windows Insecurity Blanket’ helps buyers decide to switch to Macs – May 19, 2006
PC Magazine: Top ten questions and answers about switching to Apple Macintosh – May 18, 2006
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68 Comments

  1. davida,

    What you are saying may be part of the problem. You want them to tear down this or that. What you are implying is that the media should cater to your AGENDA. That is the problem with MSM. Thier JOB is to report the truth, for good or bad, not to bend toward your agenda. If you think that the NYT is sympathetic toward the Bush administration, then you need to wake the f up.

  2. when Windows is run on Intel-based Macs, for example through Boot Camp or Parallels, it is vulnerable to the same virus and spyware threats that can affect conventional Windows-based PC’s.

    and to think that just some days ago a Windows turd was spouting here that virus choose, yes CHOOSE, Windows as the best eco-system to thrive. If there was Mac with same market share they would migrate to the Mac to survive.

    AHHAHAHHAUHUHHUHUHUAHHAHAHAHAHUHAHUHAUHHAUH

    How people could truly be so idiots and that moronic as to write such turdiness online! IT IS WINDOWS the problem. Virus are just C/C++ (for the most) programs that run on Windows and exploit its weaknesses.

    If you run Windows on Mac then enjoy the virus and malware. Best using Parallel and have Windows in a “sandbox” mode. How appropriate: a toy operating system relegated where it should stay and never get out: a sandbox.

  3. The NY Times is not destryoring America- America is destroying America! Let me illustrate:
    -American Family life is suffering from divorce, lack of parental supervision towards children, lack of time for parents to be parents
    -American manners are degenerating into one big flame where thy brothers are fucks and thy neighbors are idiots.
    -Our apathy towards governance has led to a government running roughshod over the constitution because nobody seems to care
    -Our entertainment centers around sex and violence. What would Jesus say about us?
    -Our idea of money is actually credit
    -Our idea of credit is minimum the payment
    Wake up america, it’s not the NYT that are slimeballs- it’s us! The media is actually a pretty good reflection of the collective US!

  4. davida, tj, etc.,

    You need to wake the f up. Go try and negotiate with terrorists and see how long your head stays attached to your body. We need to finish off the middle east now. Give these fanatics the death blow before they get nukes. There is no question that they will use them on the West. No thanks to the NYT or davida and friends.

  5. Thomas Jefferson, your post is self-refuting. You claim to care about manners and then you spout profanity. Spare us from your sanctimonious “do as I say and not as I do” tripe — you’re playing a moralist and your acting is second-rate.

    I don’t know too many people who publish national secrets because they think that we the people need to know them, do you? I don’t know too many people who call dung on the Virgin Mary art, but refuse to publish the Mohammed cartoons out of a fear of provoking Muslims, do you? I don’t know too many people who can get away with a NYT standard for accuracy and truth in their lives, do you?

  6. Andrew, go and take your face for a shit, you are as bad as the terrorists.

    Terrorist, a generic definition of fear.

    Terrorist this, terrorist that. GEORGE W. BUSH must be a terrorist, since he has invaded countries, supplied arms to assist others to invade (Israel just one example of many), illegally detained innocent people because they fit a vague stereotype of a terrorist.

    Go on Andrew, I dare you to back up your statements without using the word terrorist, since it seems to be used to justify everything from illegal invasions to illegal imprisonment of innocent people. All in the name of Terror.

  7. The article is a little misleading when considering the vulnerability of a Mac running Windows.

    I have performed extensive vulnerability tests of a Mac running Windows 2000 Server and Windows XP Professional both under the Parallels virtualisation environment as well as under Boot Camp. In both cases, Windows was more secure running as a guest operating system under Parallels than under Boot Camp.

    I suspect it is because the memory partitioning for applications that is built into OSX is still being used under Parallels and therefore extends in part to any guest OS like Windows. It still is not perfect and Windows under Parallels is definitely less secure than OSX itself – but at least with Parallels and a Windows Guest OS the user gains some additional protection not available under a natively booted Windows using Boot Camp.

    As for my qualifications on this, I have used Windows systems since version 1.0 and Apple computers since the Apple II. I have been an IT security consultant for 20 years, in addition.

    Love the new Mac Pro but will probably wait till I can get it with Leopard.

    Cheers all.

  8. The whole Windows success story was predicated on many things, but price was the main thing. Americans, as a group, have shown given a choice between cheap crap and quality for a little more will usually go for the cheap crap. There are exceptions, but not that many.

    BTW- it’s easier to undercut others on price when you steal most of your code and ideas from others.

  9. The whole Windows success story was predicated on many things, but price was the main thing. Americans, as a group, have shown given a choice between cheap crap and quality for a little more will usually go for the cheap crap. There are exceptions, but not that many.

    BTW- it’s easier to undercut others on price when you steal most of your code and ideas from others.

  10. It’s always amazing to see how many extremists exist in this country that still support GW. The world is going to shit because of his his posse’s policies, right in front of them, and they are shouting “keep it coming!”. They remind me of…the Taliban.

    They care not for the USA. They only care for their version of it, and they use “patriotism” as a tool to ruin it. They are a disease eating this country from within.

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