Should You Believe the Mac Ads? Is Mac Really Better Than PC?

Going through excessive school and university with a PC changed into a frustrating experience for me, even being a completely tech-savvy user. I constructed PCs for friends, knew Windows inner out, fixed troubles myself… I wasn’t the average user. Still, I needed to struggle my fair proportion of problems ranging from viruses to difficult disk crashes, to steady reinstall of the running machine for one cause or another. Some of the time, it changed into because of how Windows would slow down through the years. Many of my friends additionally echoed this problem.

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I had never taken into consideration Macs for the duration of that length, commonly because of price, but additionally because of obscurity. I failed to recognize every person that had or used a Mac outdoor of artwork specialists. In my Canadian standard college, we had a few Macs, but nobody used them. Like others, I extensively utilized my PC for video games, software that the Mac in no way absolutely took to, even today. So I just dealt with the troubles.

When I had completed my diploma and again home, the idea of a Mac appealed to me, and I bought a white Macbook. I accompanied this buy up with two iMacs, a unibody MacBook Pro, and a MacBook Air. I even got the Apple router, the Airport Extreme. Why did I do this? I failed to want to address the problems anymore. Even even though I favored gaming and the openness of the PC platform, I simply desired to have a reliable computer that I could deal with as an appliance. I seemed beyond the 9 24″ iMacs I again due to screen troubles, because the promise of reliability become just too excellent.

Surely sufficient, they behaved like home equipment for the maximum part. No issues for an excellent time frame. No viruses, no crashes. Sure, I had to look some distance and extensive to locate software to do what I wanted, consisting of download from newsgroups, or convert video to particular codecs, however, I figured that turned into part of the rate for dependable computing. I would even appearance past the annoying things, like how slow the 2.Eight Ghz twin-core iMac become at changing video as compared to a PC of the same rate.

But then I started to observe something. Macs were not proof against viruses, the way the classified ads might have you believe. My Macs did catch a small, kind of innocent Yahoo virus that could ship out messages even if we had been offline. I grew to become a blind eye to this. What came about subsequent really opened my eyes. I changed into renting out my basement on the time and had put my iLife CD and other Mac containers and substances in the garage, so I decided to fast download it from a torrent website online. It had an endemic in it. This virus slowed the pc to a move slowly, and I didn’t really be aware, till I attempted to restart in Boot Camp (the Windows partition). To my surprise, it becomes corrupted, and essentially gone, in conjunction with any paintings that I had on that partition. I then attempted to restart in Mac OS X, and that too became corrupted. I had even extra stuff on the Mac partition, and I lost all of it (at the side of treasured pics).

You say, boo-hoo, you downloaded something from a torrent web page, you ought to know better. Should I? Is that what Apple advertising is main you to believe? I wasn’t aware of the Mac virus and didn’t think I need to need to be, based on the manner that no longer handiest Apple portrays themselves, but also many Mac customers. That can be from a torrent site, but the next day, something you download from any other site, a loose application possibly, may additionally have a virulent disease. They will best spread greater now that Apple computer systems are selecting up popularity. There are tens of millions of human beings shopping for Macs questioning that they are better computers, inherently proof against viruses.

And it receives worse. The antivirus software program for the Mac is just terrible. It’s at a very early stage of development and rarely gets updated. It doesn’t capture viruses nicely at all. Basically, it’s vain, and would not have labored in my scenario. So you don’t have any safety. I additionally suppose that if the Mac, that is overpriced first of all and marketed as being virus-evidence needs antivirus, what’s the promoting point? PCs want antivirus, but at least the antivirus programs work and seize viruses, and you don’t have to surrender price, expandability, performance or software program compatibility for no cause!

Now test this out. I needed to get my statistics back from the corrupted Mac OS X partition, so after I become reinstalling Mac, I created a photograph of the partition, and the installer proven the picture, stated it turned into first-class. Later on, I turned into now not able to use it. It returned positive technical errors, which I regarded into, and found out that different poor customers had the same experience! Nothing might be finished approximately it, and because it seems, even Apple’s technical personnel had trouble decoding the troubles with the DMG (there are large threads approximately this at Apple’s boards).

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So in the long run, I gave up the expandability, gaming, performance and most of all, software program compatibility for something that actually messed with me worse than a PC might. The PC might have stuck the virus, gotten rid of it, and I could nonetheless have the whole thing intact. I ended up promoting the iMacs and for the fee that I offered my 24″ iMac, I offered an Intel Core i7-powered device with 12 GB of RAM, jogging Windows 7 beta for a while now, without hiccups in any respect. I as soon as heard any individual describe the virus difficulty for PCs and Macs as the following – Using a PC is like being within the US Army’s pleasant tank, completely armored and heavily armed inside the center of a loopy battlefield, and the use of a Mac is like being in a t-shirt and shorts within the middle of a cornfield in Iowa. I suppose that analogy is adept; with a Mac, the probabilities are lower of being attacked (for now), but if you’re ever confronted with a virulent disease (and you will be in some unspecified time in the future), you can make certain you’re going down massive time.

Lee Hogan

Gamer. Twitter fan. Unapologetic analyst. Award-winning beeraholic. Subtly charming explorer. Cyclist, follower of Christ, drummer, Saul Bass fan and collaborator. Operating at the nexus of simplicity and elegance to save the world from bad design. Concept is the foundation of everything else.

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