Fact is, it's a Windows world...
by DarkHawke - 9/24/07 8:35 AM
In Reply to: good idea... by cre8tiv_grl
...and we just live in it, regardless of platform/box choice. As I said earlier, 'Doze boxes aren't inherently better than any other choice, and at least in the malware arena are demonstrably not the best choice, especially for the inexperienced or casual user. The Macs are clearly more secure in that respect, and of course if you're a video or music professional, the high-end tools are mostly if not entirely on that platform as well.
My decision came down to flexibility and overall ease of use, including expandability. Having come from what became a niche platform (the Amiga), I had no intention of hooking up with another small-market brand, as Apple was and still is, though it has expanded its reach in recent years. I had huge misgivings about being assimilated by the Borg of Redmond, but I'm more than okay with it now. My 'puter does what I want and as I want it to, and I can modify it to fit my future needs and even whims with little effort. Then again, I'm a power user/hobbyist, so things like popping in new hard drives or swapping out video cards are all but trivial to me. Sure, you can do the same with the Macs, but it ain't so easy to do with the iMacs and you're stuck with the video card what brung ya. Even with the Mac Pro, you can have whatever c0ck-of-the-walk video card you want, but if you don't have a driver for it, it's little more than a hunk of wires and chips on a resin board for all the use you'll get out of it. This also limits your gaming on the Mac, at least in the FPS/envelope-pushing arena, and my fave-rave CoX has yet to make an appearance there, if it ever will. And as I note elsewhere on this thread, I personally think my Dell XPS 710 aesthetically cleans the clock of any other box out there!
Ultimately (and obviously!), you choose what works for you, and if it does what you want/need, then rock on wit yo bad self! It's the zealotry that gets one down, which I note (perhaps predictably) most often from Mac enthusiasts. Dunno how it starts, whether it's market-share envy or there's a gang of snotty Windows users out there trolling on Mac forums, but from whatever source the iZealots come, their rhetoric gets enormously tiresome real effin' quick! One tries not to egg them on by returning fire, but you can only take so much before you gots ta open up your own self, y'know?
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