Sunday, January 20, 2008

Why Mac?

In the business world, a very large majority of us are forced to use Windows PCs. We get used to using these machines on a daily basis and are inclined to purchase something we are familiar with when buying a new PC at home. For me, there was a huge iPod influence. In addition, I was just trying to keep an open mind when choosing a new PC. The OS was not so relevant as I have had a long history experimenting with many flavors of Windows & *niX.

Some reasons for the switch:

  1. The hardware is just amazing. Desktops & Laptops
  2. It just works - Dealing with PCs & Information systems for a living, I didn’t want to waste time troubleshooting PCs at home.
  3. It has all the basics out of the box. Not to mention tools that are well thought out and just work.
  4. After playing around with Tiger on an OSX86 PC for a few months, I knew I had to have a real Mac
  5. Timing - Not only was Leopard just released but the MacBook hardware with the SantaRosa chipset released shortly after
  6. Unix based - Having a Systems Engineer background, having some real control over the OS was a major plus for me
  7. Sense of security - Mac does not seem to be plagued by malware and viruses like the PC. Using Windows, it gets really old worrying about virus definitions being up to date or your Spyware programs working properly.
  8. Cost - You may be laughing at this one but honestly Macs have come down to a reasonable price. You can buy a Dell cheaper but you won’t get the quality of matched components that just work. (I speak from experience from the office and I don’t always build my own PCs at home)
As time goes by, I keep finding many more reasons reinforcing my decision. I will save those topics for later as they deserve their own post.

Originally posted on January 20, 2009

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