posted on Aug, 18 2012 @ 02:57 PM
Originally posted by paranormal78
You all probably have heard this one before but I am really starting to hate Microsoft. If I could I would switch to Macintosh in a heart beat! But
Macs are to expensive now.
Macs have always been expensive, and that's kind of the issue. A PC is an appliance. As a home user its purpose is to get you on the Internet and
maybe do some word processing. You may have some hobby software, too, to take care of your music or your pics, but most home users do not need an
ultra-fast multi-thousand dollar PC.
A Windows-based PC costs less than $500. A Mac is much more. If you are tech-oriented and willing to futz about a bit, there's always Linux. Good
luck getting your device drivers squared away, but hey. That's your problem. So it's just like a diswasher. You can pay $1500 for the coolest Bosch
dishwasher around with a bazillion cycles and stainless steel insides, or you can buy a Maytag for $500 that doesn't have as many options. Both will
wash your dishes for from 5-10 years. Then they wear out. If the "cool factor: is worth $1000 to you, knock yourself out.
I've used, installed, and supported every release of MS-DOS and Windows ever produced in a business environment of several hundred people, plus CP/M,
Novell, Lantastic, and several flavors of Unix. I still have a small HP laptop that runs Windows 3.1. From the standpoint of someone who must support
other people using Windows, other people who are sometimes daft, slow, uncooperative, and even antagonistic, I have to say that Windows 7 is by far
the best release I have ever worked with. It's FAST! PCs will boot in 1 minute 15 seconds. Try that with XP. Try that with Linux. It's
auto-networking capabilities are superb--much better than XP. I would rather use Windows Millennium than XP for networking. It's ability to attach to
peripherals is very good. If it doesn't have a device driver for your weird pringter, it will go find one for you.
In terms of Microsoft not supporting XP ina few years, I wouldn;t worry about it. The OS will last a lot longer than your PC. I replaced my 10 year
old XP-based PC a few months ago with a new Windows 7 based PC and when I was all done, the old PC wouldn't even boot. I call that a "just in time"
So, bottom line is a) Windows 7 is a fine product. b) The marketplace is full of alternatives, so if you don't "like" Micosoft products, take your
business elsewhere. Your choice.