Trouble is, I love my PC. To further complicate your theory, my use of Macs has, if anything, pushed me further away from ever converting.
Once you go Mac, you never go back
Hah, there's a good one. What about Macs = Scam?Performance:
BlueSmudge, I'm afraid your friend had either a faulty processor or his computer is loaded with spyware and adware up the wazzoo. Video editing and encoding are where Pentiums are king. Even mature AMD fans admit this, and, apologies, but a 1.0 GHz G4 is no match for a 3.4 GHz Pentium.http://www.digitalvideoediting.com/2002/05_may/features/cw_aeshowdown.htmhttp://www.digitalvideoediting.com/2002/07_jul/features/cw_macvspc2.htmhttp://www.digitalvideoediting.com/2002/11_nov/reviews/cw_macvspciii.htm
Each of those benchmarks pits a single processor Pentium powered Dell against a dual G4 powered Mac. The Pentium takes the cake hands down, and this was done before
the 3.4 Northwoods had come out. A 2.53 GHz Pentium wins against a dual 800MHz Mac.http://www.surrealization.com/viewpost-589.aspx
In the above benchmark a single Athlon trounces a dual processor G5 system, though due to it's uncertainty of credibility, we'll use the below link:http://www.digitalvideoediting.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=31238-1
Admittedly, the G5 holds it's ground just slightly better than did it's dismal brethren... yet the PC's still come out on top, bang for the buck included.Innovation:
And I thank Apple for the GUI and the mouse, but was that it? As far as overall progress goes, the PC world is thundering away from Apple with the releases of dual and multicore CPU chips with embedded wireless, 64-bit computing, HyperThreading, Hyper Transport and Scalable Link Interface to name a few of the emerging technologies Apple still has a long ways to go before they get that support.
USB 2.0 runs 80 mbps faster than Firewire, at 480 mbps.
Intel has released processors for HANDHELDS that already outdo some older PC's. Opterons and Xeons are the choice processors in the workstation and server world, not G5's.Stability:
As I type this, my C: drive has 2.9 GB of free space available, and is running just fine. This is a sharp contrast to the Apple's I have had the unfortunate pleasure of working with to produce a video yearbook. At around 9 GB of free space, applications will start to cut out "unexpectedly," and at around 5 gb of space, working without saving VERY often is a total impossibility.
Apples should be thankful the annoying "1337 h4x0rz" of the PC world don't attack them with their viruses and malware, as Apple's seem to have trouble enough with their own hardware.Operating System:
A matter of preference, really, but OS X seems to run unhappily on minimal hard drive space, or at least contributes to that filing bug.
I like XP, my printer installation was harmless. My VGA adapter was installed harmlessly. My 40 GB hard drive was installed easily. As I said, I've configured Windows to be as secure as is humanly possible from net attacks to aforementioned "1337 h4x0rz" trying to locally hack.
I've got Windows Scheduler on my side, my Microsoft AntiSpyware Beta runs automatically and updates itself, my Symantec AntiVirus Client runs automatically and runs LiveUpdate automatically, Windows updates itself, Norton SystemWorks will automatically defrag my disks, and Spybot: Search and Destroy automatically scans and updates.
Idly, 0-3% of my CPU is ever used. None of these background programs soak up enough CPU to stick in your ear. At most, I use 509 MB of my available 1024 MB of RAM, though, when I took out a stick of 512, XP automatically compensated for the memory change.
Finally, there's something about taking care of my PC that I honestly like
. I don't say this as an arguement, but I pride myself of having made my machine run fast and stable despite the literally millions of obstacles out there. I'm sorry, but I recommend PC's, particularly Dells to everyone I know.Upgradeability:
So far as I am aware, the mainboard and CPU's of Macs are non-upgradeable. Not to discredit the fact that you can upgrade hard drives, or RAM, maybe video card, but not much else, and even those are difficult to do. What hard drives are supported on your motherboard?
What if you want a fast Mac, but you don't want to spend the money for dual processors? Why can't I buy a single processor Mac with the G5 at 2.7 GHz?
Can you go with a standard ATA hard drive? Or are you locked into those ridiculously expensive SCSI drives? Or is is SATA that the Mac uses? Can you go RAID? Will your mainboard support cas latencies of 2.5 or below? Will your mainboard support DDR400? Is it dual channel? Will it support DDR2? Will it support higher DDR frequencies? Is the power supply ATX compatible? What are the voltages?
Ahem. Sorry, but those are a number of things you have to check on ALL computers, not just PC's, when upgrading in those areas. I was able to instantly through Dell.
I don't believe Macs are terrible machines, indeed, Mac does do some things damn well. People don't make expenditures of that sort and get crap. Apple's are pretty good. I just happen to have personal opinion that PC's are better, and that's just what it is. Personal opinion based on the facts presented above. Nevertheless, I credit Apple on three primary things:
1.) That "Flurry" screensaver is waaay better than anything Windows has to offer... so that's why I got a recompiled version of it for my machine.
2.) The G5 is not the G4, and it is a very good processor.
3.) Apple = Marketing Genius