It gets so old, the mac / pc discussion. PC users are happy to bash windows but some become offended at the idea of users switching to (or in my case, always having used) macs.
The debate always strikes me as odd. I mean, I love my mac. Over the past fifteen years I can count the number of problems I’ve had on one hand (not including the fluids I’ve poured into my powerbook). I can’t ever remember one problem since Paul switched us (we have three macs between us, so I guess we’re our own network) over to OS X two years ago. (Hey, I’m just remembering an under-warrenty drive problem in 2001!) But maybe because the macs work so well I find I don’t talk about them very much. Still, if I happen to mention mine to a PC friend who’s having trouble, there’s almost always the little dig about apple or macs. Would that happen if I was telling them about a less-problem-prone PC?
Six years or more ago that dig would come with a prediction that macs would go the way of the Sony Betamax — beaten by more dominant windows machines. I believed it myself, buying all the software I would need and maxing out my RAM, figuring when Apple went under I’d just run my machine until it wouldn’t run anymore.
Next came the comment that Macs were so much more expensive. I believed that one too until my dad (who’d just gotten a new Dell notebook) compared the cost with my new powerbook. We found that Apple’s cost the same as the higher end PCs. A PC sales person at CompUSA told me he believe Apple was selling flat-screen iMacs at a loss — it was the only way he could explain how cheap they were. I reminded him that though Apple’s OS makes up a small percentage of the operating systems in use, Apple sells more computers then most of the other large computer manufacturers in the US.
I think one of the things I like about my macs is the way that Apple decides to make a change and never looks back. It means my computers haven’t felt dated the year after I buy them the way PCs seem to. But then I’m not much of an updater. With the exception of some RAM, my computers ended their useful life with me with pretty much what they came with out of the box. I find four or five years after I get them I’m lusting after the next new one. And get it two years after that.
So I’m not due for another few years. Still, I don’t doubt Apple will be there.
Wonder what the next new thing will be in 2007?