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.

Related articles:
Liberal blogger on switch from Windows to Mac: I’m sold – August 03, 2006
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
A switcher’s guide to Windows, Mac OS X – April 25, 2006
Macs that run Windows will calm potential switchers’ irrational fears – April 06, 2006


  1. Bush didn’t invade a country. Bush is one man. The United States (and 30+ other countries, including Great Britian, Australia, and Japan) invaded Iraq. If we use your definition of “terrorist” Sidney, then every soldier that ever existed would have to be a terrorist. That is simply hilarious.

    Let’s compare Israel vs. Hezbollah.
    Hezbollah — kidnaps soldiers. Israel — doesn’t.
    Hezbollah — decapitates prisoners. Israel — doesn’t.
    Hezbollah — lies on television about the number of dead, stages photos, and doctors photos. Israel — doesn’t.
    Hezbollah — shoots missles at civillian centers to murder as many innocents as possible. Israel — takes pains to avoid hitting civilians.
    Hezbollah — uses civilians as human shields. Israel — doesn’t.

    I could go on all day exposing Sidney’s lame logic.

  2. On one hand we have fear-mongering genocidal bigots, such as Andrew, and the other hand we have conspiratorial nutcases who refuse to believe that 4 well-trained soldiers could break through an unlocked cockpit door and commandeer a plane.

    The NY Times is just a newspaper. A middle-of-the-road one (in other words, not owned by Rupert Murdoch and therefore does not have as its primary mission to support Republican talking points). The far left, as davida demonstrates, hate it as much as the far right.

    Rightwing nutjobs hate it because it prints some opinion pieces by Paul Krugman. Leftwing zealots hate it because it prints some opinion pieces by William Safire. It’s both demonized by glazed-eyed Rush Limbaugh dittoheads because it publishes secret government memos handed to them by whistleblowers in the Bush administration, and by readers of The Nation, who point out that neocon Judith Miller’s reporting on the supposed existence of WMDs in Iraq was by even the President’s account a major reason we went to war.

    There’s no doubt that the ideological hardening of both sides has produced a generation of people who are incapable of thinking for themselves when it comes to politics, and regurgitate the talking points given to them through their various propaganda channels.

  3. If Bush is an extremist, you would certainly hate to live under the presidency of the guy who’s on the $1 bill. Or wait, what about Lincoln, who’s on the $5? He suspended the Constitution, remember? Lincoln also forcibly closed down presses. Bush has done nothing like that, yet Lincoln is widely regarded as a great president.

    As for GW supporters being like the Taliban: go find a right-winger and ask him how many women he’s beaten, raped, or put on ice today. Go find a conservative Christian and ask him what the Bible says do to one who leaves the faith. (Hint for the lazy: the answer is “nothing”. In Islam, the requirement is death.) And does Bush hate music? Not at all. He has an iPod, remember? The Taliban forbade all music. Does Bush hate dancing? Not at all. But the Taliban forbade all dancing. Does the Taliban believe in a state-run mosque? You bet they do. Does Bush believe in a state-run church? Nope.

    Guys, can’t you make it more challenging?

  4. Hey Go Cheap,

    That’s the choice of most people in the world, not just ‘Americans’.

    Having a car that runs half the time is still better than walking if you don’t have a car and can’t afford one that runs great. And during the biggest growth of Windows, it was cheaper.

    Your post is just another denigrating American intelligence. Last I checked, Windows is the most widely used OS Worldwide – not just the US. Sounds to me like the ‘dumb Americans’ at Microsoft who grew the company weren’t too stupid after all.

  5. BustingTheSkullsOfIdiots, I think your skull has been busted open by yourself, you idiot.

    By your lame logic, you can get away with anything.

    Bush is the LEADER. COMMANDER IN CHIEF. He decides what policy to invade with. Soliders are merely cannon fodder, replaceable. Bush, however, is the man who is in charge of the USA.

    Silly man.

  6. To say that because the NYT has William Safire (a Republican who voted for Clinton, remember), the NYT is “middle of the road” is a joke. One liberal Republican, and how many liberals on the op ed page? Oh yeah. That’s everyone else. Wow, that’s “middle of the road”! But that fits right in to the concept that “center” means “liberal Republican to Socialist”.

    As for NY Times’ bias, an instructive book is Ann Coulter’s “Slander”. Once you’re done with that, you’ll understand the upper West Side, Manhattan, cocktail club mentality that makes the NYT what it is.

    But for the lazy, take this test: note how many times the adjective “liberal”, “hard left”, “radical”, or “left” appears when describing American political candidates in a few NYT articles. Then compare that to how many times you see the terms “right” “hard right” “conservative” “reactionary” and other adjectives. The out group is always identified; what the paper thinks is normal is never tagged.

  7. Actually I think both Bush AND a large number of Middle Eastern leaders/potentates/dictators and terrorists suck.

    And by the way, there may have been/are a large number of participating countries involved in Iraq, but whether you agree with US involvement or not, does anyone really believe that anyone would be there without the US starting it? No matter your view on this, this is something that would not have happened without the US wanting it.

  8. George and his puppet masters care only about one thing, concentrating wealth and power, as of late, their plan is going along quite smoothly, check things out. Bush is slowly creating a dictatorship, and we live under record levels of concentrated wealth, fact. Poor Israel, the 4th largest military in the world! Watch “Peace, Propaganda, and the Promised Land’ on Google Video, the Israeli’s have been getting away with murder and Nazi like tactics for years. Israel has been planning for a Lebanese invasion since the beginning of this decade. It’s weird, the early reports were that the IDF was in southern Lebanon when the soldiers were kidnapped, but with the Zionist controlled media that little tidbit of info has been reversed, hmmm. Anyone not making millions a year, and till supports Bush the faker/lier/death worshiper(Skull and Bones), needs to do some serious soul searching. Peace, oh btw, the NYT article was decent, but for the most part, … meh.

  9. The New York Times story reads like it’s been sitting for years on the disk with the stories saved for the panic-striken shout of “Omigod we’ve got a hole on Page Z99!

    It’s the equivalent of the “Now is the time to check your car’s battery” crap, “Did you know a dirty air filter can slice two million miles per gallon off your mileage,” and “If you want to save gas, avoid jack-rabbit starts” that fill the spaces between dealership ads in the twice-a-year car “supplements.”

    Conspicuous by its adsence was the paragraph that says, “A ‘mouse’ is the term ‘geeks’ use for the little gadget that moves the pointer on the screen, which may even be in color.

  10. WOW! You people are amazing. It is like you don’t even want people to start using a mac and enjoying their computer again if they don’t share your same political ethos. I am positive that I don’t fit the mac-user stereotype. And for everyone on here that is against big business, etc. etc. what the hell do you think Steve Jobs is doing this for? Free? You think Apple doesn’t take advantage of every single tax break that is available to them?

    As far as switching to a mac. It was simple. I bought a mac and I bought a copy of MS Office. The switch was then complete. I thought that the mac OS provided a higher level of productivity to me than the WinXP OS. My PCs are 5 and 3 years old and needed to be replaced, upgraded as hardware failures were beginning to become more expensive than replacement. I also try to follow the rule of upgrading whenever replacing a part which makes staying with my PCs as expensive as buying a mac and a new copy of MS Office.

    Finally I wanted an Apple sticker to put under my NRA & Glock stickers on my POS pickup truck. No I am not kidding.

  11. C,

    Please believe me, you are not alone. Not everyone here shares the same ideology. Additionally, not everyone here is so eager to convey thier beliefs. BTW, I don’t have a Glock sticker, mine is HK. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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