Mac’s Vs PC’s

I’ve tried to stay out of the whole Mac Vs. PC argument.

Which actually is no longer the Mac Vs. PC argument. Mac’s are now Intel based, so they are PC’s.

So it’s now the Mac’s Vs. Windows Argument.

I’ve still tried to keep my head out of it because I don’t think one’s better than the other, both serve their purpose. Windows just serves a purpose that does not suit me anymore, so I stay away from it except for at work. (OK, that’s only half true. I  do quite a bit of work on my Linux box even at work. I love the network diagnostic abilities resident in Linux).

A perfect example.Want to play games on your computer? Don’t bother with a Mac. I don’t really play to0 many games on my computers anymore, and the few I do play all actually have Mac clients, so I’m good. But Windows currently holds the edge in the gaming market, way above Apple.

Anyway, let’s get down to the point. I recently got a comment on my MySpace profile (yea yea I know Myspace, Ewww. but If I want to communicate with my friends up north that refuse to use any other communications means other than MySpace, so I’m stuck). He writes:

“so you finally did it! you went to the dark side and went full on mac?! well since i now know someone that knows computers, can you tell me this? what makes mac’s better than pc?”

And My responce:

“I don’t play the Mac’s are better than PC’s game, they both have their purpose. For you since you play games you’re better off with a PC. I like Macs better because they are full on 64 bit (processor and OS), granted you very well may have a 64 bit CPU but until you get a 64 bit OS it’s useless (of course this is not PC’s fault this is Windows failing to keep up with hardware, you can always run Linux and you’re set.) Yes I know windows has a 64 bit version but hardly any applications are actually compatible with it.

Second reason, Mac software is reasonably priced.

How many Vista versions are there? 6 versions.

How many Versions of Mac OS X? One it does it all. How much? $129.

The best part? My step-dad has an iMac and a MacBook, my sister has a iMac and a Macbook, and my Mom has a iMac. Thats 5 Macs in my parents house.

Let’s see, doing a quick search on Amazon, I see I can get Windows Vista Home Premium for a Mere $117.99. Oh dang. we need 5 copies. That comes out to $589.95 for the basic version of Vista. Ultimate? Yea, that’s going to cost you $1199.95

How much for the OS X Ultimate? Oh wait, that’s right, only one version of OS X, 649.95? Nope, go grab the family pack for $199 and you’re all set.

Got 4 gigs of ram like I do in my Mac? Oh wait,  you can’t use it all because the 32 bit version of Windows doesn’t know how. Got the 64 bit version? Sweet. Oh dang, now you can’t install anything because its not compatible.

I just got tired of dealing with it all. My Mac just works, all the time, whenever I want it to, it works and works well. Am I saying its better than PC’s? No I can’t even say that since everything after OS X is Intel based which means Mac’s ARE PC’s. I can even load Windows on it if I need to, but why load an OS on my Mac that can’t even utilize the hardware to its potential? The only game I currently play on the computer is EVE Online and it has a Mac client. Oh yea, ditto on World of Warcraft, Mac client works fine.

I actually have an AMD Athlon 64 Dual Core 4600+ box laying around that had windows on it but I don’t game enough on the PC platform anymore to need it. And I got sick of Windows so it’s now running Ubuntu Linux.

No more blue screen of death and I don’t have to reformat and reload every 6 months (or more often if I’m lucky).

So, Am I saying My Mac is better than your PC? Nope But I sure prefer it. =)”

Any other thoughts?

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Google Chrome Officially Leaves Beta

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I recently heard that Google Chrome would be leaving beta soon, but I didn’t realize it would be happening this soon. Yesterday Google Chrome officially leaves beta with the release of version 1.0. I am primarily a Mac user so I run Flock at home, but I am atrociously awaiting the release of the Mac version of Chrome.

My laptop and work computers though are windows machines and both run Chrome, I know I’m not supposed to install applications at work but this is my one exception, I just hate how bad IE handles memory, after a few hours of it being up it uses so many resources its not even funny, but I can run Chrome thorough my entire shift and it still maintains a Minimal footprint. even if I leave it running after my shift is over. Sometimes I just lock my machine and leave everything going. the one time I did that with IE running I came back to work the next day to find it using over 200M of memory, I’ve done the same with chrome and found it utilizing a fraction of that.

I was browsing though lifehacker the other day and found a great guide for the everyday power user you may want to check out.

Not ready to give up on FireFox quite yet? not that I blame you Mozilla FireFox is an amazing product, you might want to check out lifehackers article on Enable Chrome’s Best Features in Firefox. but my favorite Chrome feature is the ability for each tab to run as its own process, I’ve already been saved multiple times by this, have myself a nice long blog written up and load up a badly designed web page in another tab that causes that tab to crash, had I been using FireFox all my progress would have been lost but Chrome isolates that crash to that one tab and everything else is not affected by it, this also allows Chrome to be extremely efficient with its memory footprint. Long story short give it a try you just may love it. =)

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French police plan Windows-free jails, offices

So, I’ve noticed that while I finally made the switch from Windows, other people and organizations are starting to get the idea that free is better. I for one will not be paying the $200+ for Vista.

The French Police department has decided the same thing. I saved about $200. The French Police department has decided to upgrade their Windows XP systems to Ubuntu (free Linux distribution).

Thats right. They will be migrating some 70,000 PC’s over the next 5 years. Now thats an upgrade =)

Microsoft is slowly losing the “operating system war” as more and more companys realize that by switching over to open-source software, they are not only saving money, but gaining more control over the software as well.

Don’t like something about Vista? Too bad.

Don’t Like something about Ubuntu? Change it.

Ubuntu as well as other Linux solutions is completely open source, giving you the power to configure the systems in any way you see fit. Obviously you need to know how. In the case of the French Police, they can out source the changes and still save millions of Euros.

As for price I can only imagine the cost of the site license for 70,000 copies of Windows Vista. On the other hand, Ubuntu costs, well lets see, 70,000 x 0 comes out to about…well you guessed it…nothing.

This is not the first switch to open source alternatives the French police have undergone. Two years ago they made the smart choice to ditch Internet Explorer, and three years ago they got rid of Microsoft Office opting for the free OpenOffice.org alternative. (Which is a far better option in my opinion).

This switch to open source solutions is thought to be the largest among any public organization. Hopefully this change makes a few more realize all the money they are throwing away and helping to make Microsoft rich at the same time.

Till next time.

//Brandon Leon

French police plan Windows-free jails, offices

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New Mac Ad – Misprint

Apple has released a new ad which makes reference to PC world article testing Windows Vista laptops. Guess who the winner was. The apple Mac Book Pro. Thats right, on all the Windows Vista powered laptops the fastest machine was a computer built for Mac OSX.

tv.pngI find it very interesting that the winning machine was built by a company that really doesn’t care whether or not you choose to run Windows on it.

Here is a short quote from the article.

“The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year (through 10/25/07) is a Mac. Try that again: The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year–or for that matter, ever–is a Mac. Not a Dell, not a Toshiba, not even an Alienware. The $2419 (plus the price of a copy of Windows Vista, of course) MacBook Pro’s PC WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 88 beats Gateway’s E-265M by a single point, but the MacBook’s score is far more impressive simply because Apple couldn’t care less whether you run Windows.”

Check out the full article, as well as the ad:

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