Big Mac versus the Whoppin’ PC
When I met my wife she was a Mac-head. I didn’t as much convert her as I did make the buying decisions for our home computers. Most of her friends have Macs. Even some of my friends have purchased Macs for home. Let’s face – Macs are slick, fun, they work well, easy to use, look good, and don’t tend to crash as often as PC’s. So, why would anyone want to buy a PC?
Well, the battle between the two is not as black and white as the commercials make it seem. Don’t get me wrong, I like Macs. I used my first Mac SE way back in the 80’s. I was impressed, but you couldn’t find one of these things in a business running Lotus 123 (though VisiCalc was originally released on Apple II platform). Had I been a graphic designer or an audio/video person doing anything with multimedia, I might have ended up a full Mac-head myself. However, I went the direction of databases, business applications, and development. And, for these things – at least in the 80’s and 90’s – you needed to be on the PC platform.
So, why do I still not use a Mac at home?
The simple answer is because I’m very comfortable on my PC. I can get a huge amount of Open Source and Freeware apps for my computers; Networking is easy (for me); they’re less expensive than Macs; and I don’t ever expect to use a Mac for work. We have iPods at home (though I have a Zune) and I can easily sit in front of either. In the end, it comes down to this:
- Macs are great for home use and a must for graphic arts and multimedia
- PC’s /w Windows are the de facto business platform.
Since switching to the Intel Platform, Apple has gone to great lengths to bring PC users over to the “Dark Side”. It started with Bootcamp, allowing Mac users to boot between the two platforms. Then came Parallels which allows Mac users to run most Windows apps on their Mac along side their Mac apps. Honestly it’s extremely cool. If it weren’t for the cost, I could consider a Mac /w Parallels for home use. Woo, did I just say that? Yikes!
If you’re looking for a new home computer, don’t need it for business applications, don’t have an investment in Windows apps already, and don’t need to network it with PC’s than go ahead and buy a Mac. You won’t regret it.