Why I use a Mac, anno 2006
It's been a while since I've last been in this group (csma), and I see that some things never change (namely the trolling and mud-slinging), but in short, here is a few reasons why I continue to use a Mac as my primary computer platform:
* Security: It is valuable for me to know that my choice in computers is something of the most secure the (mainstream) computer world has to offer, without resourting to rather obscure OS choices, like OpenBSD. It is comforting to know that I can hook my computer up to the net, and only take the most basic precautions for my computer to be secure from attacks and intrusions, even if I am not completely up to date when it comes to security updates.
* Viruses: I don't even need a virus scanner for the Mac! From what I've heard, the number of worms and virii for OS X can be counted on one hand, while the viruses for the Win32 platform number in the tens of thousands (what was the latest Symantec count? 100,000+ ??). So, while my Windows portable becomes inoperable every friday evening at 2000 hours, because the virus scanner kicks in an eats all of the system resources in the scanning process, I can cheerfully keep on using my Mac for browsing and gaming.
Why I use a Mac, anno 2006 3711
Could have been. I've worked with more than a few DEC folks and they sometimes seemed a bit dazzled by the "real world." Mostly because...
* Stability: My Mac, running OS X, rarely crashes. My Wintel portable, bought around 3 months ago for school purposes (programming) has crashed more in the time I've had it, than my OS X Mac (G4 MDD Tower) has i more than a year, nay almost two years! NB: I try to keep both systems fairly clean, and I don't install all sorts of weird apps and utilities that mess with whats under the "engine cover". So the PC instability cannot be explained from excessive tinkering with the system innards.
That's the most important points I can come up with off the cuff, but there are of course more reasons why my Mac in making my computing experience a breeze.
That being said, this is not the starting shot for Yet Another Platform War, I have come to the realization some years back that this platform warring is really just silly (and a waste of time, except if you can appreciate the entertainment value :). There are more important things in life than having a quasi-religious discussion about what tool is best for you for work or entertainment (politics being one, enjoying a good day in the sun with some delicious BBQ food is another). Sure, the PC also has its uses, I'd say that it is the prime choice for the gaming freak, because it is a fact that there are more games for the PC, and they arrive earlier, plus the people who really like to make their games scream will have access to the top-of-trhe-line gfx cards earlier than the Mac, and so on.
I'm a regular user of Macs, Windows PC's and Linux, and I also have experience with various flvavors of BSD's, Solaris and AmigaOS. The point is - choose what works best for you. For me, at the moment, and for the last decade, it has been a Mac from Apple.
YMMV. Thanks for reading.
Why I use a Mac, anno 2006 3712
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Why I use a Mac, anno 2006 3708
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