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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Mac vs PC

I saw this commercial the other day about how Macs are better than PCs because Macs never crash. This is complete and utter BS. If you are planning on buying a Mac rather than a PC, don't let it be for that reason alone. Macs are crash-resistant for one reason and one reason only: they don't run the most popular operating system on the planet. If 80% of the computers on the planet ran the Mac OS, then the majority of hacker attacks would be directed against the Mac OS.

Well then, “Why not buy a Mac if they're not the ones under attack?” you ask. There are 3 simple reasons.

  1. Apple is the most pretentious company that I have ever had the misfortune to smell. "Our stuff is the bestest, the most beautifulest, and the most greatest stuff on the planet and we never evar screw up."

  2. Everything that Apple makes, they make using their own proprietary components that only Apple makes. That also means that only Apple makes the replacement parts and only Apple makes the upgrades. How the Hell they get away with this crap is a mystery to me. Microsoft gets sued for adding their own media player to THEIR operating system but Apple can bundle iTunes with every program they make, including QuickTime. QuickTime, as we all know, is a requirement for anything like satisfactory web surfing these days.

  3. The "superiority" of their customer service, design, and programming is a myth. Take the iPod for instance (NEVER BUY AN IPOD):

    • The first 2 versions of the iPod had battery problems. Battery problem number one with the first 2 versions of the iPod - the battery won't hold a charge for very long. Why is that? Well, after 6 hours of searching through iPod forums I finally found out that those iPods had an internal clock that keeps drawing power from the battery, even when you've shut the iPod down. So, you charge the battery and then, less than 16 hours later, you have a dead iPod. BTW - they never did make a fix for that clock thing even tho iPods have updateable firmware.

    • Problem number 2 with the early edition iPod batteries was that the battery itself only lasts about 6 months with constant use. After that? You need a new battery. Search for "how to replace an iPod battery" on Google. It quickly becomes apparent that Apple did not design these iPods to be disassembled. Once they are snapped (or, in the case of the iPod Mini, glued) together, Apple essentially considers them to be a disposable item, and warranty/repair work (you know, like replacing that lame-ass battery) consists of swapping the broken iPod for a new one. Great, just great. You'll want special tools and special medicine and even with those you'll still probably mar the case. It's easier to learn to fly a 747. You'd think they'd cover that crap in some kind of warranty, but you'd be wrong. So much for the "superiority" of their customer service, design, and programming.

    • The iPod uses a laptop hard drive. These laptop hard drives are nothing so much as they are ghettoes for moving parts that would like to stop moving and just go to moving parts heaven. You can send them there by dropping the iPod oh, say 12 inches. Great, just great. Next time you see an iPod? Ask it if its hard drive has been washed in the blood of the lamb, 'cause it's sure as Hell gonna die soon. And when it does? You are now the proud owner of a 400 dollar paperweight. You want an mp3 player? Get a memory stick. Memory sticks are tuff. They are so tough, they can even survive you breaking their freakin' cases.
To sum, up I'm not saying that Apple sucks (please don't fly off the handle if you're a Mac freak), only that they have just as many problems as Microsoft (or PCs). To say that a Mac is better than a PC or that a PC is better than a Mac is like saying hamburgers taste better than sloppy joes. It's a matter of taste. I have played with both. In my opinion, though, you only need to get a Mac if you also need to be spending lots of money.

Here's a way better commercial about the Mac than the one I saw that started this whole rant:

Hunter Cressall demonstrates the proper use of the Mac in this video - "Crash Different." Hunter uses a Mac every day. Yes, Virginia, he even owns two of them, not including the one that he dropkicks in the video.


Blogger Marco Aurélio said...


What are fractals? Do you know where can I find pictures of fractals that occur in nature?
Can you understand portuguese?

See you later!

3:09 PM  
Blogger Bubba & Me said...

You are telling it like it is! I've never owned a mac and I have no regrets.

3:15 PM  
Blogger Joe said...

yer jus crying, my mac is alright. not the best but it's alright. besides you missed "they shootin, they shootin... i talked him into using the bigger hopper. he shot me in the barrell... so he has bragging rights... for now

5:48 PM  
Blogger pelegrim said...

Macs aren't perfect, but PCs are awful.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Cappa said...

I must say that although PC’s are far better at running the everyday programs, apple has reached an entirely new market of buyers. And with the move over to Intel based chips, Windows will soon follow, and thus the world. Your statement is true, no computer is safe from a virus or crash, however, a UNIX based os will run and operate a lot better then that of a win. System.

FOR your readers who love windows:
The next time you watch a movie or listen to an album, or even watch a TV add or even pick up a magazine to read, just know that 68% of those were developed over the Mac system.... I guess millions of dollars are spent on a system that "doesn't work" and "Crashes".

6:52 PM  
Anonymous some guy said...

macs are now coming out with a windows operating system and new chip technology. Still not compatible with other PCs though

7:34 PM  
Blogger JudithannDL said...

OMG I laughed so hard at that video!

9:44 PM  
Blogger The Phosgene Kid said...

Apple's big sell still seems to be no viruses. That is a lie, Apple viruses are now starting to pop up and the company is in denial.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Marino said...

I'm a computer nerd. However I'd like to keep my work my work and not think about it much when I've got weekend.

So no comment on my part now.

Prety lame post then eh? ;)

12:17 AM  
Blogger Anshu Anand said...

seriusly that video was really funny ...I personally have never worked on a mac & i am quite satisfied with PC so ...i will stick to it in the future too...I think mac has been successful because of their looks & the successful marketing strategy ...

12:18 AM  
Blogger Dave said...

That's exactly right, looks and marketing is what it boils down to. As for the video, man when he does the jack russell terrier bit I loose it every time.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Skavenger said...

I haven't watched the video yet, but I sure enjoyed reading your comments, lol!

I know someone who would freak out when reading this, he's a big apple fan. If he were any fun to discuss with I'd have sent him here. But that would just ruin this cozy blog ;-)

As for Mac vs. Windows. I'm used to windows, even though I think it's crap and crashes all the time, it's easy to use, even for a n00b like me. Planning on buying a new computer though, and I'm seriously considering installing some linux distro, maybe a dual-boot, so that I can still run my windows-programs.

I think the problem is that Windows is just like Mac Donalds. You know it makes you fat, it stops the hunger for maybe an hour, and it doesn't even taste that good. But once you're used to it you just find yourself going back again and again and again and again and again and.......

11:13 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

haha, Yeah i can see that.

11:24 PM  
Blogger Lawanda said...

O. My. Goodness. That was HYSTERICAL! Laughed so hard I cried. :-p

3:17 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

pelegrim said it right......beside, what would you rather drive, a Ferrari or a Yugo?

10:48 PM  

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