posted on Mar, 26 2009 @ 09:54 AM
I'm a PC technician(and no, I'm not only well versed in PCs, but I've studied MACs and worked on MACs(more so for graphic design).
I use a PC at home, but I learnt to do Graphic Design on a MAC when I did my course in it. I do music production on a PC as well.
I can tell you, it really doesn't matter which OS you choose. Contrary to many peoples' beliefs, MACs have their problems as well. They can lock up,
freeze up, and sometimes crash. Do they do this as often as PCs? No!
Why? Well, it's the same reason PCs get infected with viruses more often. They're more common. Hackers and the likes do not cater for the minority.
They make viruses more geared toward what would affect more people. More people have PCs. It's that simple. MACs have an entirely different kernel,
coding and structure. Viruses can be made for them, but, they're not as popular(but, they are becoming more popular, and as their popularity goes
up...so too would viruses/crashes etc.)
The crashes and lock ups for MAC do not happen as often as they do on PCs, because of the same issue. They're not as popular. Almost every piece of
software/application/game made can be run a on PC. This is not so with MAC. As you can see, manufactures also cater for the majority as well. When you
have so much different software for one platform, you're more likely to have software and hardware conflicts. The amount of work a PC may have to
do(when it comes to managing apps) is usually more than a MAC does, because a PC caters to so many different apps, executing different commands, and
to make things worse, a lot of software developers don't put too much effort into their coding. When a machine has to deal with all of these things,
coupled with terrible coding on the manufactures part...you're more likely to have hardware/software conflicts.
Another reason why PCs have so many problems(or Windows rather), is because of Windows past approach, to try to make everything(applications),
compatible with earlier releases of Windows. Apple does not put that same sort of effort into compatibility. Windows is slowly startin to realize the
problems this cause, and are slowing starting to steer away from that. The way the OS is written...it's written in such a way(and retains some of
it's old, problematic coding) to support older hardware and older software. This is basically like building a train that can use premium, desiel,
unleaded and coal to run, but all in one compartment...eventually doing this will have to stop...because, as it caters for people who may only have
access to coal, it can hinder the real advancements for people moving forward and wanting to use unleaded.
When Vista came out, it initally took the approach to seriously neglect compatibility, but people complained of this...so, Microsoft once again had to
take steps back, instead of moving forward entrirely. But, they're still trying to steer the OS entirely forward, by slowly cutting back on old
No OS is really superior as far as I'm concerned. You're worried about viruses for Windows? Get a damn good antivirus like Kaspersky, NOD32. You're
worried about performace? Spend some money and upgrade your hardware(RAM, processor, video card, HD, etc). You want Windows to stop crashing so often?
Either take the old apps off...or don't b!tch about it when Microsoft decides to cut backward compatibility...and start voicing your frustration at
cruddy software developers and manufactures who poorly code their products. This was the major problem with Vista. When Vista came out, yes, it had it
fair share of problems caused by the OS itself, but most problems consumers had with Vista, did not stem from Vista itself, but from poorly written
code on the software developers' part.
A PC can be just as "safe" as a MAC...and, if MAC had the market(and it's getting there), a MAC can be just as virus/crashing-prone as a PC.
This MAC Vs. PC ware has to stop. It's stupid and usually just leads to people embarassing themselves by showing how ignorant they really are.