September 15th, 2004, 07:26 PM #1
5 reasons to buy or not buy a Mac
A friend of mine wants to buy a Mac, altought I say her that only because it looks nice (fits on the decoration of the room), its a good reason to get a system more because she will only surf the web and use a word processor and a spreadsheet.
No need to dish out aroun 800 on it, If she can get a better deal....
September 15th, 2004, 07:32 PM #2
imo if you are going to loose compatibility you are not going to want to pay for it so linux would be a much better option it is atleast hardware compatibe with windows and for basic things like internet/wordprocessing linux would be easier than mac to switch to from windows if everything was installed already ofcourse....there are cases for pcs that look similar to macs alsoHey who turned sigs on?
September 15th, 2004, 07:37 PM #3
I would glad install linux on a machine for her, but Im afraid she wont get it...
September 15th, 2004, 08:21 PM #4
sheesh, whats so evil about windows XP (especially with SP2). Install some antivirus and activate the firewall. All done. You people are so caught up in your evil bill gates mind control thing. give it a break.
September 15th, 2004, 09:03 PM #5
1. bill gates is evil, 2. switching from a pc to mac would be way easier than switching from pc to linux, mac is extremely user friendly, linux is user friendly...sometimes.Gi | Yuu | Jin | Rei | Makoto | Meiyo | Chuugi
September 16th, 2004, 12:01 PM #6
September 16th, 2004, 12:34 PM #7
Linux is as user friendly as winxp. Its just that most ppl are used to win.
September 16th, 2004, 12:48 PM #8
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Bill Gates is evil... rofl.
If and Paul Allen and him weren''t alive, you people wouldn't have your precious Macs... or at least not at the advanced state they are in today.
September 16th, 2004, 01:23 PM #9
If someone was unsure as to whether or not to purchase a Mac, I'd recommend a PC for the usual reasons. I don't try to dissuade people who are determined to own a Mac. People who are determined to own one have their reasons.
People who NEED a Mac already know it. The rest of the crowd believe they are buying peace of mind and are willing to pay a premium for it. Whether or not they actually do is another matter. But that's not my business. What makes someone else happy is their business.
The problem with dissuading people through a "technical only" argument is that if they get a PC that has some problems, you take the heat. If the Mac gets similar problems, it's not YOUR problem.
Macs have a high initial cost and can have a high cost of maintenance. But I also let the uninitiated know, I know nothing about Macs. If they run into problems they have to search elsewhere for the answer because I don't have a clue.
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September 16th, 2004, 01:28 PM #10
i suggest get a PC (reasons? what if hardrive gone bad? you can easly replace it ) hmmm and yes those linux os comes with word processor and spreadsheet and almost all useful stuff and its free i would suggest Mandrake10I miss Dimebag Darrell
September 16th, 2004, 01:37 PM #11
I always say go PC, there are more programs available and if it's mainly for surfing the web she'll have a better experience on the pc, as some websites aren't mac friendly. Also, a lot of games rely on Windows-specific technologies.
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September 16th, 2004, 03:06 PM #12
Just build her a cheap, reliable PC, load XP on it and a 7200rpm 40GB drive, call it good. Make sure she has a nice 17" flat CRT to stare at also, or an LCD.
September 16th, 2004, 04:41 PM #13
Im not a Mac user either, I tought I would be a little biased on my suggestion, If I only say a dont go for a Mac they are not good, just wanted to hear from some Mac users or someone that used a Mac before, the good points and the bad points.
I can build her a nice system with winxp or linux, in the linux I preffer Suse, the interface is easy to use as windows, altought she will be a bit lost at the beggining. but with some practice will be solved problem.
Thanks for the comments, Ill will continue with my inital advise.... that was I can build you a nice system..
September 16th, 2004, 04:43 PM #14
This would be the best of both worlds if it was available in the US. It's only available in Korea. It was in production long before the new iMac. Cheap it ain't.
September 27th, 2004, 06:56 PM #15
Originally Posted by HeadBand
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People always complain about this "compatibility" (usually meaning video games) issue. Tell me, besides VIDEO GAMES what equivalent or BETTER software can't you find for the Mac? Oh, end that sentence with ". . .that you actually need."
We get into this at the office occasionally, and people always bring up moot points like, well what if I need to use my floppy, or parallel, or serial, then I'm stuck. I like to use a horse and buggy vs. vehicle analogy and tell them that if you drive a car you don't need horse shoes. People say that's opinion, but it's really not. Besides the average troglodytic fear of change or learning anything new, I challenge anyone to a usablity and sensibility test and see what comes out on top.
Originally Posted by RayH
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September 27th, 2004, 07:05 PM #16
a sleeper awakes...
Gberz3 Im always open to use different OS.. but actually I have to keep very tight with windows, I receive calls often from the friends and family member with windows related stuff, last big problem I solved was the windows installer for windows XP, I could install or remove software due to an unknown reason I complain to browser hijack. But after a couple of hours of fight I got it working (something I have to give thanks to Linux... It showed me that I need to be patient to get rewards).
I understand that Mac OS is more secure, but the price of the machines are a bit high IMO.
September 27th, 2004, 07:06 PM #17
anything I need to run a PC I can get for free! Legit.
September 27th, 2004, 07:14 PM #18Originally Posted by Override1313
September 27th, 2004, 07:15 PM #19
Originally Posted by washe
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Thanks for your objective view, washe. What you say about price is totally true (even I occasionally complain), but you can't base the quality of the platform on its price. Bang for buck? Maybe (and even in that arena there is little wiggle room). But certainly not its fundamental quality.
It's similar to people complaining about the cost of BMWs vs their Honda. I'm sure their Honda had a lower initial cost and maybe even the first few maintenances were cheaper, but 10 years from now when the Honda is run down and the BMW is still running as sweet as ever and you're not at the lot looking for a new BMW every 6mths or so, things seem to look much sweeter.
I guess it's more about longevity vs being able to change on a whim. I mean, sure 2 months down the road with your PC (a.k.a. Honda) you have the ability to rip out the processor and "upgrade" it, but why do you want or need to? Besides, as was stated, most people do that for VIDEO GAME purposes. I say if you're gonna game, get a console. Neither PCs nor Macs hold a candle to console anyway.
Last edited by gberz3; September 27th, 2004 at 07:17 PM.I reserve the right to contradict myself. . .
September 27th, 2004, 07:16 PM #20
No offense to anyone here. There is alot of biased statements in here. Hmmm, where did you get that the HD can't be replaced on a Mac? Sure on an emac it is hard but, not impossible. To extend the warranty to 3 years is not that expensive. The only thing Macs have going for them is design? What the? Macs have alot of functionality. Sure it is true Windows does have more programs. But, seriously how many word processors do you need? You will have a better exprience on the internet on a pc? Not true. There about equal. If you exclude the ways to get viruses on your computer. Macs are high maintenence? Let see all my Macs never needed to be tweaked, reformated, or anything. At my schools I do not know why they maintain them. They maintain themselves. You screw them up that way. If they do get screwed up it is becasue of the user. If the Mac breaks it is not your fault? No and yes. No, because I have never seen a Mac just go out and die without warning. Yes, because it does happen to an unlucky few. Linux easier then mac? I do not think so. I have been using windows for 15 years and switched to Panther and learned it in 30 minutes to 1 hour. Also, you get alot more in the emac default then in the $500 pc. There is alot of free software for the Mac too. Go to versiontracker.com, you will find lots. There is also more sites with free software for the Mac as well.
If she wants a trouble free computer I would recommend a Mac.
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