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View Poll Results: Mac Vs PC
Mac 35 53.03%
PC 31 46.97%
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Old 12-30-2010, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Been there; done that, but there is good some news.

PCs running Windows today do not have the issues of Win3.1, Win95a, Win95b, Win98 and Win98se, XP and some of the others. But they still have the Windows virus, trojan, malware and hijacking issues some users never come to terms with or overcome.

This small group of netizens should use a Mac. We all have at least one frield who has a PC that is always in the shop. These repair shops love users like my friend jane. She doesn't grasp anything very well and never will due to a horrible car accident.

I bought my first 0S9/OSX Mac in 2006 when i stopped using a PC, too, and it is still in use. During my 1992 -2006 PC years, I built a new box every 18 months. I now have 3 Macs and 2 hackmacs - one with Snow/Win7 and the other loaded with Leopard/Win7. I have yet to open Windows; it is a waste of time for me to install it.

I bought a laptop with Win 7, kept it for 6 weeks and sent it to my grandchildren. My machines are online 24/7 and I don't reboot unless an upgrade is involved. I am tired of ignorant tech suport that tells me I have to reboot because there servers are down. That lie got old 15 years ago.



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I've been a Windows user since 1997 till 2006, I think i had 4 computers for those 9 years. Everyone worked just fine for the first year, if that. I might be technically challenged, and i don't' like to pick my computers apart, install, reinstall, upgrade, format, update virus softwares, rebooting once a day, you name it...

I just want machine that works, all day long, all year long, without giving me a hard time and freezing. So, i got myself a Mac. I'm sure PC would be just fine if i didn't have to be online, otherwise, no thank you!
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:39 PM
 
Location: London, U.K.
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As an architect I prefer macs. They appeal to my minimalist sensibilities- its purely a form/function thing. Macs seem to be well thought out in every detail (god is in the details after all ;-)) I can't bear to look at a pc, I mean are pc designers blind? Also I get 8-10 hours battery life on my macbook pro!
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:50 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I use both Macs and PCs. A home I use Macs because I find them a lot more user-friendly when PP my photos, while I use PC's and Macs at work for other than photography. While Macs aren't targeted by viruses and such very much, they still can be "carriers" and get your friend's PCs infected, so be aware of that.

Nowadays with "Intel Inside" it has become a lot easier to switch from one to the next and back, but I do agree with you that most of the PC designers must be as blind as bats. Windows is getting better each day, but it still has a way to go.
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:10 AM
 
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I use both Macs and PCs. A home I use Macs because I find them a lot more user-friendly when PP my photos, while I use PC's and Macs at work for other than photography. While Macs aren't targeted by viruses and such very much, they still can be "carriers" and get your friend's PCs infected, so be aware of that.

Nowadays with "Intel Inside" it has become a lot easier to switch from one to the next and back, but I do agree with you that most of the PC designers must be as blind as bats. Windows is getting better each day, but it still has a way to go.
A clarification on MAC's can be carriers....

~ If the MAC is running pure OS X and all linux applications it can't infect a Windows system.

~ If the MAC is hosting Windows with all it's associated applications in a VM and files are being shared between the VM Windows and your friends system either *Windows* system could be infected.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:22 AM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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A clarification on MAC's can be carriers....

~ If the MAC is running pure OS X and all linux applications it can't infect a Windows system.

~ If the MAC is hosting Windows with all it's associated applications in a VM and files are being shared between the VM Windows and your friends system either *Windows* system could be infected.
Hmmm...I have been told several times that the micro-viruses found on Word for both the PC and Mac can be transferred from one to the other on Word documents. The same for a virus designed for the PC on an E-mail on your Mac. While it won't affect the Mac, it can be E-mailed to your friend's PC.

I don't really know if this is true, but that what I have been told at work numerous times since we do use MS Office for both and transfer files back and forth between computers.
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:56 PM
 
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Yes - a virus won't do anything on a Mac, but email it to a Windows computer and let it run, and it will be bad. Run Windows on the Mac, and if the virus is in the Mac files, its harmless, unless you open it in the Windows environment, then it will infect the Windows files.

I don't really consider it my job to keep others' computers clean, and these days all the major email systems have built in AV so you can't email viruses to others as easily as you used to. That is one reason phishing is so popular anymore - the best way to infect a computer anymore is to get the end user to infect their computer themselves.
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