View Full Version : Poll: What kind of computer-PC or Apple, and why?
I notice that some people use Apple computers, and others use regular 'clone' PC's. I was wondering why those that use Apple computers use them? Is it due to some features that they have? Is it because you always used them? Why? I never really was interested in Apple, but would like to know why those that do use them, use them. While we're at it, what sort of computer do you use primarily?
I use Voice Recognition software, and the best processor for voice rec. is the Pentium IV by Intel. PCs along with software are generally cheaper than Macs, and the software for PCs is more abundant. However, with all the viruses and Trojan horses along with firewalls, there may come a day that I would purchase a Mac. I wish they went with the Intel processor instead of the IBM.
I use a Mac at work and a PC at home. The thing I miss most on a Mac are the keyboard commands for moving around inside text fields and documents.
What I like is that drag and drop are utilized more often.
It used to be really hard to get free software for a Mac but now that OSX is Unix it's a lot easier. For hosting open source the Mac competes well with Windows.
What might be the biggest problem is that the many Mac web browsers all need work.
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06-24-2003, 11:53 AM
Jeff, Apple just issued version 1 (non-beta) of Safari today. It is able to handle the new interface of this site fairly well although it still is unable to activate some of the menu commands on this site. Safari has blazing speed. It is three times faster than internet explorer when downloading web pages. I also like its text display more than any other browser, including Netscape, Mozilla, Camino, Omniweb, Taxicab, and others. They have been putting out upgrades at the rate of once every 2-3 weeks and every upgrade has been able to handle more and more web sites. In my opinion, Safari is one of the reasons that Microsoft recently announced that they will no longer be supporting Internet Explorer for OSX.
If I used a PC system, I suppose that I would probably have a hard time with a Mac because the two have such different philosophies, even though Windows copied a lot of the features of the Mac. But, once you get use to it, OSX is the best operating system ever made. It is not only robust, fast, virtually uncrashable, and gives you a lot of flexibility in navigation but it is easy on the eyes. If I have to spend 18 hours a day looking at a computer, I much prefer the OSX.
06-24-2003, 04:30 PM
I've got a PowerMac G4 desktop, an iBook and a PC. They all get along just fine on my network sharing files and a network connection through a router. I find myself in front of my Mac with OSX about 95% of the time because I don't have to fight with it to work. There are a lot more apps for the PC, but for normal everyday use, how many different word processor and spreadsheet programs do you really need? MS Office works just fine on both. Each platform has it's benefits.
I agree with Dr. Wise's post. I really like Safari and the stability and elegance of OSX.
06-27-2003, 07:44 AM
Work provides us with a pretty decent PC laptop so I use that for all of my business and personal computer needs right now. I bought my mom and dad their first computer this year for Christmas and I bought an Apple Desktop - they are pretty user friendly. I would probably buy Apple for anything personal in the future.
06-28-2003, 01:29 AM
Sorry Dr. Young but I think OS 9 is more stable than X although X offers more program options. http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/images/smilies/tongue.gif
I decided to defect after my two very expensive PC's, a Sony Vaio and a Compaq Presario, crashed on me within the first year causing me to lose a lot of valuable info. Mac makes better quality hardware, the chips are faster, they're more versatile and there's a decreased risk of acquiring a virus since most are designed to attack PC programs. Unless the iMac I'm using now crashes on me within the next year, I'll be a Mac user for life. Oh, and Mac's are much more pleasing to the eye.
06-29-2003, 11:16 AM
My favorite has always been the Macintosh. (User since 1984.) Unfortunately, I've had to switch to Windows because of better voice recognition. However, iListen voice recognition is coming along. I may yet get a chance to switch back!
Desktop PC, running OS/2 (soon eCS.) Always had a PC - started with DOS, added Desqview, then went to OS/2 2.11, 3.0, 4.0, and currently 4.5.
All in all, my computer savvy is very limited.