The Washington Post: Apple Mac’s core advantages over Microsoft Windows persist

Cyber Monday Sale over 400  deals“Across the universe of gadget gifts, few things can inspire more angst and buyer’s remorse than home computers,” Rob Pegoraro reports for The Washington Post. ‘You cannot shop for them by price alone; buying a computer still demands a series of decisions with non-obvious answers.”

“For an increasing number of people, the first judgment call is the Mac-or-Windows issue,” Pegoraro reports. “Both Microsoft and Apple have updated their operating systems this year… But the Mac’s core advantages over Windows persist.”

“But because Apple chooses not to compete in the cheaper end of the market, you pay a lot more for those advantages,” Pegoraro reports. “It’s fair to call a Mac a luxury. It’s more affordable than many other luxuries, but see what your bank account has to say first.”

Full article here.

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26 Comments

  1. What bothers me, is that most articles on Mac/Windows cost comparisons and even TCOs dont’t mention that you typically use a mac at least 25% longer than a Windows box, and when you sell it, it still works great and you get a much, much higher price than a Windows box.

  2. I believe the biggest advantage Macs and OS X have over Windows using similarly configured computers from Dell and HP et. al., is Apple’s partnerships.

    Oh sure, Microsoft has partnerships with the very same developers as Apple but they’ll never achieve a symbiotic relationship for two main reasons, IMO,

    a) Windows is so overly complex, no one person has a critical overview of the Windows operating system and the chief reason why code-work in one area of Windows continues to break something in another, and won’t be discovered until the product ships.

    This is how Microsoft defines and refines the Windows experience. Microsoft is heavily dependent on releasing updates to fix the problems they created in the lab, and yet the update process is so skewed and painful because of their insistence on validating everything.

    Bill Gates alluded to this in his notorious email to Jim Allchin. He summarized it all with,

    “The lack of attention to usability represented by these experiences [the update process] blows my mind. I thought we had reached a low with Windows Network places or the messages I get when I try to use 802.11. (don’t you just love that root certificate message?)

    When I really get to use the stuff I am sure I will have more feedback.”

    This is Microsoft’s Chief Software Architect slamming his own products and is admitting even he doesn’t understand it, to the point it “blows my mind“.

    b) Secondly, the culture of Microsoft thinks too much like a den of thieves. Even as a 13-year-old, Bill Gates was beginning to develop an artful means to misappropriate other people’s property. He was caught redhanded exploiting and misusing his school’s software.

    But I believe it was Steve Ballmer’s cutthroat outlook on life that had the greatest impact on Bill’s way of thinking. During his early years at Harvard, Bill Gates would become livid when he found other students stealing his creations, and I believe this led to his overarching principle of his conservation meme; protect at all costs.

    Every decision must be filtered through the conservation (thief) meme, to ascertain whether anything can be exploited. It’s apparent Microsoft uses too much proprietary code in their products and refuses to share because these critical branches of code are a potential doorways to future revenue streams. This is software after all, and the life’s blood of Microsoft.

    So if a developer needs access to one of these proprietary branches (red-flagged area of the code), in order to introduce some clever new feature, Microsoft learns what it is first, then decides if it can create the same user experience in the lab, then tells the developer no, there is a conflict of interest. The developer walks away disillusioned knowing too much was revealed.

    If you believe we are what we do, then you should know Microsoft is far too dependent on schemes to preserve the status quo. Just as, stupid is as stupid does, Microsoft is way too vested in the thievery meme. They think too much like thieves, for their own good.

    Stealing someone else’s code is to take something out of context; it will never fit synergistically with your own work and runs the risk of breaking something and diminishing the user experience. This is typical of Windows and something its users are accustomed to.

    I’m not saying Apple is perfect, but I am saying they are genuine. They have a long history of failures and have continued to build its successes on these failures.

    Microsoft has never acknowledged their failures.

  3. how about don’t get someone a fuckin computer for christmas.

    if you’re the kind of person that can’t compute the value of a computer that doesn’t break down… just get your friend a sweater.

  4. “It’s fair to call a Mac a luxury.” Is it?
    • Do you own a Kia or a ___?
    • Do you watch TV on a tinny screen TV or a __?
    • Do you listen to stereo or a home entertainment system with __?
    • Do you sleep on a single bed or a __?

    People pay up for things that they want and for quality!

  5. It’s not about ‘luxuries’… it’s about “What should be available as ‘standard’ equipment on a computer.

    Most PC box assemblers slash features (aka: standard equipment on a Mac) in an attempt to lure people in with a low price. Those cheap-ass idiots then have to pay for additional capabilities. In the world of contractors & salesmen, this is a practice known as ‘low-balling’; entice a potential customer with an outrageously low price, and then tack on fees / additional prices as the contract / job commences. It’s a deceitful and manipulative practice.

    Apple doesn’t play that game. They have a ‘WYSIWIG’ policy. If you want something extra you can get it, but with Apple, there is no coercion and no manipulation. Buy it or don’t.

  6. Just like drinking bad coffee, or cheap wine or anything that quality does have an profound impact. Sure, I could do my work on Windows, but why risk the registry going bad, or a virus hitting you on a critical deadline.

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