WHY PCs BEAT MACS
Despite that Apples are Personal Computers, IBM Compatables are sometimes called PCs. The term could mean either. PCs are considered IBM compatables in this document.
If Apple Macintosh computers (note that there are no "Apple-compatables") have a maximum megahertz of 233 and all the hardware controls (buttons-reset, volume, contrast, brightness, etc.) are really software, then why do people beleive that a Mac outpreforms a PC? IBM compatables can be as fast as 450MHz and have reset buttons that override software. The Apple "sleep mode" can also be accomplished on some PCs, as well.
Here are the five reasons why people use Macs and not PCs:
Here is why they are not worth it:
- They are sold to workplaces and (especially) schools for reasonably little money when in bulk.
- They have them at work and I'm too lazy to learn about / hassle with conversion.
- It's all easy to get and set up; all sold as one unit; Simpler is better.
- The operating system is easier, there are fewer bugs, its faster, Macs (Graphic based to the bone) don't confuse you like DOS (a text-oriented OS) and the IBM stuff.
- IBM compatables suck and International Buisness Machines, Inc. (Big Blue, IBM), Intel, Inc. and Microsoft, Inc. are companies that I'd rather not support.
- Macs cost $2000+ and <better> PCs can go down to $600, cheaper than the "bulk rate" of Macs. PCs are MUCH more easily upgraded, and upgrades are cheap. Software is also cheaper. More hardware is made for the PCs than all other computers combined and multiplied by a hundred.
- Some simple software is all that is needed for conversion, and some Macs can read PCs. Compatability is rarely a problem unless you are into piracy ("borrowing" software to use at home). Besides, the workplace or school should have PCs.
- There are more places out there that sell completely constructed <CUSTOMIZED> PC systems than ever before. Chances are that you live within a few miles of one. These small (or large) businesses can offer very competitive prices for computers, especially for non-Intel machines, which can be up to three hundred dollars cheaper.
Simpler is better? Oh, please! We live in the Democratic age, and that means choices. The "simpler" Macs are simpler because there are no choices. They come as a single box, containing the monitor, speakers, CPU/drives, and more, making for harder upgrading. Even at the slow pace that Macs advance (as compared to PCs), a new computer will be obselete in a month and "old and slow" in under a year. (PCs get new technology all of the time, therefore become faster and go faster. The month would become two weeks and the year would be eight to ten months.)
- Oh, really. DOS might be the backbone of the Windows and Windows 95 operating systems, but you don't even need to know what it is. Windows 2000 will not even use DOS, having a graphic based OS "to the bone." Windows has all kinds of shortcuts available. You can easily configure your PC to launch a specific program with the touch of a key. If your mouse breaks, Windows is still fully funcional. The pulldown menus and buttons are still accessable via <tab>, <alt>, and the <Space> and <Enter> keys. PCs are a little harder to understand than Macs, but once you have that one small step, you're off to an easier life. Crash? Force a quit just like on a Mac by pressing <CTRL>+<ALT>+<DEL>. Keyboard locked? Software not responding? On a Mac, you'd turn the computer off, wait, wait, wait, then turn it back on. Instead, press the PC's reset button; immediate reboot. Want to get a disk out without going to the "finder?" press the disk release button, which is HARDWARE. This overrides the software and gets you your disk faster than you can say, "wow, that's fast." A CD or disk will immediately stop playing, without damaging it (although it is slightly possible to ruin a floppy disk by ejecting while the read light is on). What's a read light? HAH! That's yet another PC advantage! If the light is on, the drive is being read. This tells you if you can remove a disk or not, or if your computer has frozen or not (if the disk is spinning (being read), then the computer has not frozen yet). This helps answer the question commonly encountered by Mac users: "What did I just do?" or "What the hell is this junkbox doing NOW?
- IBM-Compatable means that the computer is NOT made by IBM and is simply compatable with one that is. The only Microsoft product that you need is the operating system, but you don't need that either. Unix machines, the operating system used by ISPs (Internet Service Providers) and servers, are actually the fastest and the easiest for programming. Unix is an IBM-Compatable OS (Operating System), (but not fully compatable with DOS or Windows; its the competition) often used to create PC programs. There is another source of competition that Microsoft is bringing up in those monopoly suites at the Supreme Court; Sun Microsystems has recreated the mainframe. This system is void of an OS and has no hard drive. Programs are downloaded into (massive) RAM (random access memory, stores temporary data) and used, then deleted once finished. With the speed of connection to the server, these computers can get faster than anything else. Microsoft makes Macintosh software, too. Chances are that a Mac user has a Microsoft program (like Word) on his Mac and uses it frequently. An Intel chip is just the CPU (Central Processing Unit). AMD makes FASTER chips for less (not including the Pentium II; that's the fastest, with the chip going up to 450MHz). AMD makes the K6-2 chip that goes up to 366MHz, which is faster than any Pentium and faster than Pentium IIs up to 400MHz. Cyrix makes the cheapest CPUs the 6x86, which can be hundreds of dollars cheaper than the Pentium II and a dozen dollars under the K6-2. Macs use Motorola chips (no competition) and don't get close to 400MHz, let alone 450 or the 500 Intel will have by January.
- Software: Some Mac users say that they use Macs because of the superior imaging programs. I have a few words for them: "Get Unix!" Unix is faster and has the top-notch programs in the image rendering area. If a specific title is exclusive to the Mac, then there is most likely a PC version (on Windows) somewhere out there that is just as good or better. Photoshop is on the PC, and a cheaper (shareware) program called Paint Shop Pro accomplishes most of the same tasks plus a few others, with a superior layout. There are millions of programs exclusive to Windows that some Mac users will never see or wish were converted. For programs that come out on both platforms, the PC version comes out first, always (unless the versions were planned to be simultaneously released), and usually by several months to several years.
IBM: I Beat Macintosh
IBMs Bludgeon Macs
Intel Bashes Motorola
Mac: Makin' trash
Mack 'n Tash(a)
Makin' trucks -Mac makes trucks, not computers.
More reasons for IBMs over Macs
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