Mac’s or Apple Computer’s… Ask any tech-illiterate what they think of an Apple Computer. The answer you probably will get is “Oh, Apple’s damn good for graphic designers!”
Then ask them, “Would you consider getting a Mac?”
A long pause…………………
“Ermmmmmmmmmm… But there are a lot of programs out there not compatible with Mac’s!”
If the above conversation took place 10 years ago, then that dude is probably right. The number of Mac apps are limited a decade ago. But time’s have changed, Mac’s have evolved from a baby cat to a Tiger, Panther and recently even a Leopard (these are the codenames for Mac OS X builds btw).
Mac’s are not only good for graphic designers anymore. I mean, why would I get a MacBook Pro myself if I can’t even draw anything more advanced than stick figures?
Therefore, I shall now attempt to debunk some common Mac Myths and unveal the ugly (or pretty) truth about Mac’s capabilities.
Myth #1: Mac’s are only good for graphic designers
Well, it was true maybe a decade ago. Now, Mac’s are for everybody. Mac’s have everything you need to do your daily tasks whether you’re a clerk or a programmer. Heck, you could do all basic office tasks such as word processing on Mac’s fresh off the box.
Myth #2: A lot of programs are not compatible with Mac’s
If you’re talking bout Windows Notepad or Pinball then yes of course those are not compatible with Mac’s natively. However, a huge number of applications are out there available for the Mac. And I dare say there are more apps out there for Mac’s than Windows. I bet you’re surprised that Microsoft actually makes an Office suite for the Mac’s. That’s right, you can have MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint etc all on the Mac (except for Access). Programmers will find Mac’s to be a pleasantly nice platform to work on, because since Mac OS X is built on Unix (BSD) platforms, you can harness the power of the shell to dish out amazing stuffs. Ruby on Rails guys will know what I’m talking bout.
Mac’s also have a lot of alternative free apps available out there that do practically the same job as their Windows counterparts. Not satisfied with the Mac apps? Then INSTALL WINDOWS! Yes, that’s right folks. You can install Windows on a Mac (only on Mac’s that are made since 2-3 years ago) now thanks to the transition of the craptastic Motorola PowerPC processors to Intel Core processors. There are many ways to run Windows on a Mac,most people prefer to install Windows as a guest OS inside Mac OS X so you can actually RUN BOTH together. That’s right, you can actually have Windows Pinball or Utorrent on your Mac desktop. This can be done by using either Parallels or VMWare Fusion software that enables you to run Windows side-by-side with Mac OS X.
Myth #3: Mac’s are not user-friendly
That’s just bullshit. How do you call something user-friendly? Some people don’t seem to like the Mac OS X graphical user interface and just call it not user-friendly. From my observations all this while, I find that people tend to build a habit towards using something until he/she becomes familiar with it. Take Windows XP for example, it probably took someone who is tech-illiterate centuries to become familiar with it. If you were to force that particular person to use Mac OS X, he’ll probably mentally explode because since Windows are so prone to problems or errors if you accidentally f**k something up, he’s probably taking this bad experience over to all computers no matter what platform it’s running on. When you give this guy a Mac to use, he’ll probably be like “oh f**k, how do I use this while not f**king shit up!?”
Well friends, It is safe to say that Mac’s are MUCH, MUCH MORE user friendly than Windows. Sure, it takes time to get familiar with Mac OS X. But I guarantee you it won’t take more than a week of usage to get familiar with it. The learning curve for Mac OS X is not that curvy or however you describe it.
Myth #4: Mac’s have viruses too
No. Mac’s have no viruses YET. No Spyware, Adware, Crapware, Trojans, Roddens or whatever crap that will make your computer explode. Viruses that can infect Windows cannot infect Mac’s and that’s a fact. It’s like saying bird flu can infect human beings but not aliens. That’s the difference. Viruses are usually tiny little programs (like .exe files) that will f**k shit up on your computer. However, Mac’s can’t natively run these. So Mac’s are actually safe from viruses for the time being, until some mad genius finds a way to build a REAL Mac virus (not those hoaxes that Symantec throw in once in a while to get Mac users buy their Anti-virus suites).
Myth #5: Mac’s are more expensive than PC’s
Wrong. You get what you pay for. The reason MacBook Pro’s are more expensive than some dictionary-thick Dell notebook (not laptop as laptops are lap-safe) is because MacBook Pro’s are not only 1-inch thin, but it is built with material that are far superior that those used in Dell notebooks. My MacBook Pro still look good even though it’s 2 years old while my friend’s Dell XPS notebook that cost twice my MBP has BAD scratches on the palm area. Also, MBP’s have backlit keyboard, power connectors that connects magnetically so you don’t trip over, motion sensors so that your MBP hard disk turns off in the event of falling dangerously etc. MBP’s are engineered with special features while Dell notebooks are just a box with goodies thrown in without effort. That’s the difference.
Also, if you were to use the computer for commercial purposes. Software licenses for Windows will cost MUCH more. Why? Because you gotta pay for anti-virus, anti-spyware, internet firewall, black sheep wall etc. Don’t get me started on FREE alternatives because commercial products often work much better.
Myth #6: Mac’s are slower than Windows
Ok, this could have been true if it was 10 years ago. But now, Mac’s are actually FASTER. You have no idea how I love multi-tasking, and Mac’s are damn good for that. If you’re burning a DVD on a Windows machine, chances are your whole PC feels sluggish and chokes up while your mouse pointer warps from one pixel to another. On a Mac, you don’t get such bullshit, you burn the DVD, you can do other stuff with little to no speed impact.
Also, Mac’s don’t require maintenance. Windows machines will slow down as time goes by if you don’t defragment, clean caches, clean useless registry entries, clean your toilet etc. Often people will just format their PC when their PC feels really slow. Mac’s don’t feel slow as time goes by.
Ok, there are many more good things bout Mac’s but I think that’s enough for now. However, nothing is perfect. Mac’s have their own downsides too. For example,
Ugly truth #1: Mac’s have a VERY limited number of games
There’s no blame on whose fault is this. Money runs the world and if there’s not enough people playing games on the Mac, there’s not much point producing or porting games to the Mac. Oh well, I mean there’s still World of Warcraft right… The game that wins Best Mac Game of the year every year…
Ugly truth #2: Mac desktops are behind in hardware
Sadly, Mac Pro’s graphics card option only have Geforce 8600’s or ATI 2600’s as their greatest cards… I mean… WTF?
Ugly truth #3: Right mouse button is craptastic
For some reason Apple engineers think that everyone lifts up their left finger while clicking the right mouse button. Because I don’t, and this has forced me to switch from Wireless Mighty Mouse to Logitech MX Revolution.
Till the next mythbuster, I hope you enjoyed this one! :)
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