PC V.S Mac
To find out what a OSs market share (percent of people using it) is go to this link.
PC V.S Mac.
First I just want to state that I don’t hold a grudge against the Mac computer, or Apple in general. I just think that comparing the two and trying to decide which is better, is a lot of fun.
There are many different opinions on this subject, some being that the PC is better than the Mac, and some that the Mac is better than the PC. Some people think that a PC is better because they’ve only used a PC before. I personally think that the Mac and the PC both have their uses. I can’t really say that the PC is more geared to workers, and the Mac is more for fun, because it isn’t. Once big thing you have to take into consideration is the virus, malware, spam and trojan problems you have with a PC. I have four different programs on my PC for security. Two to keep stuff out, and two to clean up what gets through. Now on a Mac do you need that? nope. Why? It’s not profitable for hackers to hack Macs over PCs, because PCs with Windows account for most of the computers in use, so it’s better for hackers to target and hack PCs because more people use PCs. That’s not saying that there are no Viruses created for the Mac. These are some of the reasons why you don’t usually get a virus on a Mac:
1. there isn’t as much software created for the Mac as the PC. If you don’t download anything then you minimize the chances you have of getting a virus, on any computer, Mac, PC running Windows or PC running Linux. If you go to most websites there wont be an option for downloading the software for a Mac, which is because, for the same reason hackers avoid hacking Mac computer, it’s not profitable for programmers to make programs for the Mac, because of the market share Macs hold, whereas it’s very profitable to make their programs for the PC.
2. Most people run a PC over a Mac. Mostly graphics professionals run a Mac. Why? well I think because Macs look so good, their easy to use, and they “just work” (which is a quote from someone or something which I can’t remember at the moment). Even those who run both a Mac and PC probably find themselves coming back to using a PC just because there’s some software on their PC that isn’t on the Mac, but then again, what software do you mainly use? I normally use Firefox to browse the web, Microsoft Office 2007 for documents, Primo PDF to make my Office documents into a .PDF file (Prime PDF is free). Those are the main programs I use on my PC. I can use all of those programs on a Mac. And besides, I can run Windows on my machine anyway. Check out this Mac review from Scobleizer at Scobleizer’s web page It sure seems like he has had a pretty bad time with Apple.
If you go to CNET Reviews and search for Mac all the results will come up pretty high, the same for the PC.
Why Mac and Linux are the most secure, it’s because, this is from a PC Magazine article,
“…The bottom-line question is: Which OS keeps you the safest? Printer analyst M. David Stone puts is this way: “Let’s say I came up with a new OS tomorrow with no security features. If hardly anyone adopted it, those who did would be almost completely safe from attack. No one would bother attacking it.” Therefore the safest OSs are certainly Mac OS and almost any version of Linux. For now…”
Well. The below page is supposed to convince you to buy a Mac so let’s see what I’ve got to say after reading them.
Apple-Get a Mac
Let’s talk about them.
1. So let’s review. “…Beneath the surface of Mac OS X lies an industrial-strength UNIX foundation hard at work to ensure that your computing experience remains free of system crashes and compromised performance…” So the Mac’s a eddited once and again version of Linux? The fact the it’s based off of Linux, Hmm. Most people don’t use Linux because there isn’t as much software. Here, Mac’s OS IS a Linux operating system but it’s okay to use the Mac OS (which we’ve established as a Linux or UNIX if you want to be technical) because it’s called Mac not Linux or UNIX.
“…Of course, should you happen to experience the occasional hiccup with your Mac, you won’t get the runaround. Because Apple makes the whole enchilada, one phone call — or better yet, one visit to the friendly Genius Bar at your local Apple Store — can solve both hardware and software problems in one fell swoop…”
One thing I’ve heard is that you can take your Mac to any Apple store and get 15 min of free personal technical support, that’s pretty cool.
2.”…On the PC, you can find any number of photo applications, music software, DVD authoring packages, jukebox programs, and web creation tools. And if you don’t like the wares of one developer, another one has a package with just as many features. Maybe more. And therein lies the problem. You can purchase lots of separate programs from different PC developers, and any one of them may have features similar to those you’ll find in one of the iLife applications. But how many of those applications work hand in glove together? How easily can you transfer photos you used in a photo book to burn onto a DVD or incorporate as a still in a movie or quickly add to a blog? They may work pretty well apart. But how well do they work together?…” I totally agree with that statement. It’s definitely something Microsoft should work on. Although Microsoft does have Microsoft Office. And this is one thing I noticed. The iLife suite seems to be focusing on Media not necessarily Word processing, presentation etc.. and that’s because the Mac doesn’t have anything like Microsoft Office. But oh, yeah, they make a version of Microsoft Office for the Mac.
3. “…Today’s Mac is powered by the latest Intel processors. So, in addition to running the award-winning, super-powerful, super-easy Mac OS X, a new Mac gives you the option to run other operating systems, including Windows XP and Vista. All it takes is a licensed copy of the alternate OS and software like VMware Fusion or Parallels Desktop for Mac. With its ability to run additional operating systems, the Mac can run more applications than any PC on the planet…” Okay. So. To run a Windows OS, that you can run on a PC, that comes with a PC, you have to buy an operating system disk. “…Though the Mac stands alone in power and simplicity, it’s also the world’s most compatible computer…”
4. “…Connecting a PC to the Internet using factory settings is like leaving your front door wide open with your valuables out on the coffee table. A Mac, on the other hand, shuts and locks the door, hides the key, and stores your valuables in a safe with a combination known only to you. You have to buy, configure, and maintain such basic protection on a PC…” I bet that’s what was said about the PC until hackers decided to target the most used computer platform. “…On a Windows PC, software (both good and evil) can change the system without your even knowing about it. In order for software to significantly modify Mac OS X, you have to type in your password. You’re the decider. You approve changes to your system…” Okay. That was fixed with Vista, everything gets blocked, problem solved! “…it’s simple to update a Mac with the latest advances. By default, a Mac checks for updates weekly. For pure peace of mind, you can set a Mac to download security updates automatically. Apple digitally signs the updates, so you can be sure they come from a trusted source…” “…To get a sense of just how big the virus problem is, search for “virus” at both Apple and Microsoft. Compare the number of results. What’s more, the 100 most virulent attacks cause 99.9% of damage from malicious software. None of these attacks work on Mac OS X. Don’t you deserve such protection?…”
5. “…While Vista does its best to copy some features that have been in Mac OS X for years, Mac OS X offers an experience that is simply years ahead. It’s designed to make the time you spend at your computer not only productive, but enjoyable — not exactly the kind of experience PCs are known for…” Wait, who did you interview to get that comment?
“…Mac OS X knows when to get out of your way, allowing you to work or create without distraction. It also knows how to spring into action when you need it. Spotlight, for example, is always there to help you find that elusive file hiding somewhere in your computer. It shows search results literally as you type — in emails, contacts, PDFs, images, calendars, and applications…” Well that’s called the Search feature on the PC. Just because it doesn’t show results as you type shouldn’t mean too much. Though it would be a nice feature to have.
“…Unlike Vista, which comes in four distinct flavors at four distinct prices, each with its own distinct set of features (and each in 32- and 64-bit dialects), there’s only one Mac OS X. It runs on every Mac. With a full set of features. That’s just the way things are in the land of Mac — simple and straightforward…” That would be nice, to be able to got to a store, buy Vista and know that it will run on any PC I have. Not having to go out and buy a new PC just to have Vista.
6. “…We’ve measured new Macs to be up to seven times faster than previous generations…” That’s probably because the Mac OS is based off of Linux which runs much faster than XP or Vista. “…You’ll notice the speed for all the things you do… even launching programs and scrolling long web pages…” About the webpages. The speed of you scrolling a long webpage would be as fast as your finger can move the scroll wheel.
Mac Myths This is a good website by Apple explaining a lot of common and not so common Mac Mythos.
According to the below video the Mac OS X can work on a PC. So do you want to run OSX on a PC? You’ve probably heard that you can run Windows XP on a PC and all that overrated hype but according to this video, you should be able to run OS X on PC.
The MacBook air, as seen in this video below, is not functional. There’s no disk drive and only two USB ports!