Longtime Windows PC user tries Apple Mac, now recommends ‘Get a Mac’

“I started working on PCs back in 1983, I think. Floppy Disks were still big enough to actually flop, and ‘disk’ still had a ‘k’ in it. I began learning on IBM 5150s that were given to my school. My first personal computer at home was what would be credited as being the first “portable” computer. It was made by IBM deserters calling themselves Compaq and was only half jokingly called a ‘luggable.’ The size of large suitcase, the small monitor came in any color you wanted, as long as one of them was orange or green. DOS was still in version 1.0 and BASIC was the language du jour. If you wanted to dig deep, you had to use ASCII. LANs were Token Ring. I remember when the computer lab upgraded to a 1200 Baud modem and we smugly knew we were on the cutting edge of technology,” Bryan Cox writes for goDeSoto.com.

Cox writes, “All of this just to demonstrate to you that I am not exactly lost in the realm of things computer related, whether they be software or hardware. I was never a “Mac basher”. I knew it was simply a different system that was better in some respects, and maybe not as good in others. Tools are tools. You choose the best tool for your job that is available to you at any given time.”

MacDailyNews Take: How many times have we heard the “computers are just tools” argument. Funny, that one always comes from Windows users who have little or no idea what a Mac is, much less any experience with one. If everyone actually chose the best tool for their job, we’d all have Macs.

Cox continues, “Other than brief dabbles in HTML and SQL, I don’t write code. I’m what might be called a ‘super user’ … Being a security professional, I was also looking at computer security issues from a risk management perspective. Many of these maintenance issues were directly related to software vulnerabilities in things like Internet Explorer and Outlook. Viruses, worms, browser hi-jackers, memory hogging scripts that crash your system; all of these things were things that I realized I had incrementally accepted as a fact of life.”

Cox writes, “I looked upon the horizon at the new Vista OS from Windows, and the outlook didn’t look good from what little I could find out. It seemed like the water was about to get a little hotter… Having a computer background that tracked right along with the development of both Apple and Windows, I was aware of the fundamental differences between them.”

“PCs are made of parts made by lots of different people and put together by lots of other different people. Then they run software made by a bunch of yet other different people. The engineer in me knew that that kind of development process was going to be bereft with challenges,” Cox writes. “On the other hand, I was aware that Apple was a hardware company. Their designs have always been superior from an engineering perspective. Apple also develops their own operating system (OS). Any third-party software developers that design for Apple machines have a much better idea of what equipment and operating environment to design their software for. Generally, the development line was much straighter which could, at least in theory, produce a superior product. I was also aware that the current Mac OS X was built on a very stable, solid, and inherently more secure foundation than Windows.”

Let’s fast-forward a bit…

Cox writes, “I’m writing this on my new MacBook that is only about two weeks old. So far, everything has held true. DOES just work… Without the enormous security issues that come with Windows, Internet Explorer, or Outlook. Yes, you could accomplish all of these things on a PC, but you’d have to hunt for additional software and it would take hours of troubleshooting before is all came together, and how long it stayed together would be another matter. If working with a PC is like supervising rowdy kids high on candy canes riding on a school bus screaming ‘B-I-N-G-O,’ then working with a Mac has so far been like a well rehearsed school choir singing Beethoven’s 9th with orchestral accompaniment.”

Cox concludes, “So, my advice for the general public on securing and maintaining their home computer just got much shorter. Now it consists of only this: ‘Get a Mac.'”

The full article has much more here.

MacDailyNews Take: Welcome to the light, Bryan!

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  1. Drew….do you notice a black cloud hovering over your head every time you buy a laptop? Both my wife and I upgrade our respective laptops every two years since Apple made laptops. We never had a dead pixel, broken key or any other problem that was not inadvertently caused by personal clumsinbess or stupidity. Either we were very lucky or you were very unlucky.
    I too share your concern about Apple QC but I base mine on speculation re: worry about rapid growth rather than actual data. Hopefully it will change for you.

  2. Its a shame his post is so full of errors… He must mean “disk had a “c” in it, and I think he means ASSEMBLER and not ASCII. I guess an HP PC is made of parts made by lots of different people, just like a Mac – sometimes those parts are made by the same people (disks, power supplies, etc). But an HP PC running Office and Vista from Microsoft is not exactly an order of magniture more complex than a mac running Office and OS X. And he doesnt say what he was trying to achieve to justify his comment you would have to search for software on the PC.

    And “bereft” with challenges? I think he must mean “filed with” or “loaded with” challenges – bereft means lacking in something desirable or necessary (encarta)…

    Now don’t get me wrong, his heart is in the right place. But its a sloppy post…

  3. The engineer in me knew that that kind of development process was going to be bereft with challenges.

    Wrong use of bereft

    From the Tigger dictionary:

    bereft – adjective – deprived of or lacking something, esp. a nonmaterial asset

    He should used words like “overflowing” to describe the challeges.

  4. To Buster;

    Yes I do sometimes. On this portable I tried with all my might to be postive through the whole experience, but after the second bad MacBook I lost it. Also, my first Apple portable was a PowerBook G3 in 2000 and when it arrived I plugged it into the powerstrip and a high pitched whine came from the computer and smoke came out from underthe keyboard and trackpad. So again, maybe I’m not meant to own an Apple portable computer. I will try to remain positive and hope that “third times the charm.”

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