The Syracuse Post-Standard: Choosing a new personal computer is easy: Get a Mac

“Choosing a new personal computer used to be difficult. But this year, the choice is especially easy, thanks to a new kind of computer from one of the oldest manufacturers in the PC business,” Al Fasoldt reports for The Syracuse Post-Standard.

“The new computer is a dual-function PC from Apple Computer, which has been making personal computers since the mid-1970s. It’s sold with Apple’s advanced internal software, or operating system, along with a suite of programs for managing photos and music, making DVDs, recording audio, doing e-mail and Web browsing,” Fasoldt reports.

I’ve been recommending Apple’s [Mac] computers for many years [which] are easier to use than the ones made by all the other PC makers, called Windows PCs. They’re also much safer – Windows PCs are, literally, under siege from 200,000 viruses and countless spyware invaders, while Macs have no actual viruses or spyware – and, as if this weren’t enough, Macs also tend to last longer,” Fasoldt reports.

“If you add the other advantages Macs have – they have a stunningly modern version of Microsoft Office and thousands of other highly rated programs, have parental controls built in and fit easily into modern decor, unlike the ugly beige boxes of typical PCs, to name just three – you’d probably wonder why anyone shopping for a new computer would choose a Windows PC,” Fasoldt reports.

Fasoldt reports, “But shoppers already used to a Windows PC sometimes prefer what they know over what they don’t know. So Apple did an extraordinary thing when it designed its latest computers: It gave them the ability to pull a fast switcheroo and change into a Windows PC. Apple’s Macintosh computers are the first [and only] consumer models from any PC maker that can do this.”

Full article here.

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

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  1. “. . .Windows on Mac in it’s current form is very very slooow?”

    Actually Andy, I’ve seen and briefly used Windows on a Mac and I can honestly tell you it was the fastest I have ever seen Windows run on any hardware.

    If you look through the MDN archives I’m sure there’s lots of independent comment on that.

    I can also tell you from what I’ve seen with friends that have bought MBPs that they are blisteringly fast out of the box.

    I’m holding out for Santa Rosa though.

  2. Oh wow! I just played with a video iPod — and WOW! That thing beats the daylights out of the Zune! And I tried my friend’s MacBook Pro with BootCamp and Win XP — WOW! That’s an amazing computer!

    I’m switching to Apple!

    The potential just became kinetic!

  3. Just got off the phone with the IT guy where I work. I asked him about Macs and he snickered. Snickered! That’s all I needed, but he went on. “Who wants a Fisher-Price computer?” he said. He’s right. This knee-jerk reactionary article from a newspaper columnist lacks the fact checking, research and insight that my IT guy clearly has.

    I don’t think telling people to buy a computer from “one of the oldest manufacturers in the PC business” is in the best interests of the consumer either. Computers have changed a lot since the mid-1970’s when Apple’s Unix was first distributed. Hey Apple, get with the times. If you want to stay on top of the technology stick with the guys who have consistently led the development of hardware and software with creative, fresh, innovative thinking: Dell + Microsoft. Their stuff is “People Ready” unlike those archaic toys from Cupertino.

    Your potential. Our passion.

  4. This “Zune Tang” character is nothing more than a middle-aged, balding, fat man who lives with his mother. He is searching for his first good job, and rides a scooter to-and-fro.

    He sits at his desk an average of 83% of the day and checks into MDN every 6.4 minutes. He is a closet Mac user due to the fact that his group of IT friends all use Microsoft products.

    He posts these “Devil’s Advocate” blogs because his friends know his screen name, and check in to see what he is saying. This way, the network of Microsoft IT guys can stay in the trance that they are in, and make sure that others stay in as well.

    Now, he will try and deny my words about him. This much is forseen. Pity unto those who deny the word of God.

    Actually, I don’t care all that much. I’ll enjoy the false rebuttle.

  5. Wow. As I stand before God I cannot deny that which is true. I must say it is quite humbling to be put on such a pedestal—by the Almighty no less.

    I bear no grudge in you exposing me to the world. Like Microsoft, you have a plan. I am a little curious though. How did it work out that all of those men and women in Redmond are smarter than you? I mean Vista and the Zune. They’re awesome! Something even beyond your divine guidance is undeniably afoot at Microsoft.

    You can count on me as your humble servant to fight the good fight against Satan’s evildoers in Cupertino. I will not be tempted by the iPod and all of it’s empty promises.

    BTW it isn’t a scooter. Its a moped. I thought you knew that.

    Your potential. Our passion.

  6. As an IT guy, let me tell you some screts about IT guys:

    a) they will advise you only about things they know about, and criticise those they don’t. Corporate IT people often have never laid a hand on a Mac, but defensively criticise what they don’t understand. They assume you will be calling them about every little thing (because you will on a Windows PC) and they will have to support you, and they fear that you are going to ask them something about your nice new Mac and they will look stupid.

    b) they think certain things are incredibly important that a real-world person doesn’t. eg: the sheer horror of an iMac not having PCI slots, or not being able to boot off their extra special support tools boot floppy.

    Open your mind, try things for yourself, make your own decisions.

    I mean, when you’re buying a car, do you buy what the dealertells you? Same dealio.

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