The plight of the Windows sufferer prompts CNET Editor to suggest: Get a Mac

Rafe Needleman has been covering technology and business since 1988. He started at InfoWorld as a reviews editor. Following that, he launched Corporate Computing magazine, and then moved on to become manager of advanced technologies for ZD Labs. In 1995, Needleman became editor-in-chief of Byte magazine. He joined CNET as editor of CNET.com, shortly after it started in 1997. In 1998 Needleman moved to Red Herring and is now back at CNET:

Needleman writes for CNET’s Alpha Blog, “‘When you have a few minutes,’ my father asked me on the phone last night, ‘could you help me with my antivirus stuff?’ The trial version of Norton AntiVirus 2006 on his three-month-old Lenovo laptop was expiring, and he was bit confused by the upgrade warning, so he wanted me to help him through the transition.”

“Nearly an hour and a half later, hungry and irritated, I hung up and disconnected. The upgrade was complete. My father said, ‘I could not have done this without you.’ He was right, and that’s why I was mad,” Needleman reports.

Needleman details the usual pain and frustration that Windows sufferers face and concludes, “Nobody should have to deal with this. When the antivirus subscription that came with your PC expires, don’t immediately jump to renew or upgrade what you have. There may be a better product out there. Also, the next time you’re thinking of getting a new computer, take a serious look at the Macintosh.”

Full article here.

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

MacDailyNews Take: For our Windows-only visitors via Google News and elsewhere: Why continue on with an expensive ($399 for Vista Ultimate) operating system that is trying so desperately to be Apple’s Mac OS X? Most likely, you’re going to need a new computer to run Vista anyway. Why not use that money toward a new Mac instead? Install a copy of Windows XP on it via Apple’s free Boot Camp or Parallels US$79.99 Desktop for Mac. From what we see, you won’t be missing out on much by ignoring Windows Vista (some call it “Windows XP SP3”) and you’ll be gaining so much more with Apple’s virus-free Mac OS X and iLife applications running on elegant and inexpensive Intel-powered Apple hardware. Macs will run Vista, too, if you’re so inclined.

See:
Development approaches of Mac OS X Leopard vs. Windows Vista yield very different results – August 15, 2006
Analyst: Apple’s new Mac OS X Leopard sets new bar, leaves Microsoft’s Vista in the dust – August 08, 2006
Symantec researcher: At this time, there are no file-infecting viruses that can infect Mac OS X – July 13, 2006
Sophos: Apple Mac OS X’s security record unscathed; Windows Vista malware just a matter of time – July 07, 2006
Computerworld: Microsoft Windows Vista a distant second-best to Apple Mac OS X – June 02, 2006
Analyst: Windows Vista may still impress many consumers because they have not seen Apple’s Mac OS X – January 05, 2006

Now is the perfect time to consider trying something new (and you can still run your Windows applications, too)! At some point in your life, you’ve probably told someone, “You don’t know what you’re missing,” right? Well, we’re saying that to you today. Get a Mac! You deserve it. And the Mac community will be here to support your new adventure every step of the way. Why do we care what you use? Do it and you’ll find yourself telling people to “Get a Mac,” too. Switching from Windows PC to Mac really is a revelation.

Find out more about Mac OS X Tiger here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/tiger/
And Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard (coming spring 2007) here: http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/

Apple’s Intel-powered MacBook starts at just $1099. And, Apple’s Intel-powered iMac starts at only $1299.. Apple’s Mac mini starts at just $599 (For $200 more than a box of Vista Ultimate, you get a Mac, Mac OS X, iLife, and so much more)!

Don’t just take our word for it (we are MacDailyNews, after all). Check out the related articles below and see what independent reviewers have to say about the Mac and Mac OS X:

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15 Comments

  1. Hah Hah Hah…!! If you want a good laugh, go to the main article and read the comments. It took me a minute but then it hit me.

    The connents all showed PC users having a terrible time with antivirus and spyware programs. They tended to be PC Geeks who fixed things for their families. In fact, I seem to see two kinds of people on PCs these days.

    There are Geeks who live for open source and tearing apart and putting together. They love the PC just like people used to love Harleys, cause you always had to work on them, just to keep them going.

    Then there are the cheap and totally clueless. These people only look at the stupid commercials that show PCs as magical things that work well when you just wave your arm in the air. Seen the HP commercial. Wave hands, make movies, create music, anything, just wave hands. LOL OH, yes and the computers need to be dirt cheap. $499 for a lapttop, plus S&H, plus tech support with a live person, plus tech support that actually answers the phone and does not live in India, plus fixing the broken parts that are made by the cheapest vendor in the world……..etc.

    Hey, its JMHO, but I keep seeing the same thing on each PC news site that I go to. Its just a little scary.!! 🙁

    N.

  2. I just convinced my mom to switch to a 20″ iMac after her Dell went through a particularly nasty bout of the repeated BSOD. Now instead of calling me for help, we iChat about subjects other than computer trouble and photocast pictures to each other.
    She loves it.

  3. That’s what it’s all about. Getting stuff done. I am very productive on my mac at work and at home. Never worry with viruses or malware of any kind. Spam is he only irritant I can think of. Wish that was also pc-only.

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