The age-old question: Mac or PC?
It’s right up there with “comedy or drama,” “the chicken or the egg,” and of course the all-important “boxers or briefs”.
Seriously though, Macs and PCs differ substantially when it comes to one thing: PURPOSE
It’s all about what you want to do on the computer.
Are you a “browse some websites, listen to music, watch some videos” kind of person?
Or are you a “CREATE some websites, MAKE some music, PRODUCE some videos” kind of person?
As the above rhetorical comparison questions suggest, Macs are generally much more geared toward and optimized for content production, whether that be web, audio, video, graphic design, whatever. PCs can do all those things, too, but Apple machines have been known to be more stable (meaning less or zero crashes) than Windows computers. On the other hand, the release of Windows 7 brought vastly improved stability to the PC platform, so Microsoft is slowly bridging the gap as far as stability goes.
True or False: Macs are way more secure than PCs.
Answer: True AND False.
As I mentioned in my iViruses blog, PCs are more susceptible to viruses and spyware than Macs…for now. It’s all in the market share. Macs have substantially less market share than PCs, but that is rapidly changing. As Apple gains more market share, the increased popularity will entice online evildoers and mischief makers to manufacture more Mac malware. <– Say THAT 5 times fast!
“Wow Matt, I appreciate all this information, but inquiring minds want to know – What do YOU prefer?”
That’s an excellent question, forcibly inquisitive reader. The answer is, of course, both. I use a Mac for really getting things done on the music production, videography, and graphic design fronts. I use a PC for everything else.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not (I repeat: NOT) biased to Mac computers. In fact, I’ve spent an overwhelming majority of my time building, maintaining, and using Windows computers. However, since I do create a lot of multimedia content, my preference is to use a Mac for that purpose. (For the record, though, I’m typing this on a Windows PC – THERE’s a point for Microsoft!)
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