Since I sell PC type computers, don’t expect a completely unbiased report.
People ask me if I think they should by an Apple computer, or a PC type computer. The advantages of a Mac can’t be ignored. There is a much lower chance of a Mac getting a virus, or spyware on it. The reasons are twofold. Number one; there are not many people out there in cyberland who are writing malware for Macintosh’s (that would be an excellent name for a band). The user base is just too small. Number two; the Mac has somewhat better security built into the operating system than a PC. Most Mac heads well tell you that my number two is actually the main reason. Personally, I don’t believe this. If Macintosh’s were more popular, there WOULD be more malware out there written for them.
Another reason to go for a Mac is that the hardware that is available for the Mac is good and reliable. If it was built for a Mac, then it will run on a Mac. You’re not going to have any trouble digging up drivers to make the hardware run on your computer.
For the downside, you’re going to pay twice as much for a Mac as you will for an equally powerful PC. Hardware devices designed for a Mac are usually FROM Apple and are expensive. Macs are built nicely, well laid out and kind of pretty, but you WILL pay extra for all of that. Another bad thing is that there are fewer people writing software of ANY kind for a Mac, so you might not be able to get the programs you need to do what you want on a Mac. This is especially true if you are in the engineering field. If you are doing artwork, desktop publishing, or journalism, then you can probably get what you need for a Mac.
If you are really worried about malware, get Blivit Design to build you a PC, and get UBUNTU Linux on it. Linux doesn’t get malware and it is less expensive to get Linux on a PC then it is to get Windows 7. The drawbacks of Linux are that there is little commercial software available to run under Linux. The advantage is that there is a whole LOT of software that will run under Linux that you can get for FREE! Like I always say FREE IS GOOD!!!
Ubuntu Linux is pretty solid. The interface looks similar to Windows 7 (or at least XP) and as far as email and surfing the web, you will never know you’re not on a Windows machine. It also comes with Open Office installed, and that is nearly as good as MS Office.
Maybe my brother-in-law John or My son-in-law Shannon would like to write a guest column extolling the virtues of a Macintosh computer. Maybe my good friend Hal would like to write a guest column on the advantages of a PC over a Mac. Perhaps you will see more on this later…