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Episode 019: Mac vs PC

We examine another old rivalry, this time in the personal computer industry.

Which is better, Mac or PC?

Both Don The Producer and Adam have different points of view on this one. Can you guess which one likes which?
Windows is the dominant enterprise and consumer leader by leaps and bounds over Apple, but Apple has been gaining market share over the past ten years. So what does this trend mean, is the PC for your grandfather and the Macs for the young guys? Or is it the other way around? In this episode of the Ask Adam League we talk about interfaces, file indexing, industrial design, software, hardware, upgrading and all that geeky stuff. Even Linux sneaks into the convo. Ultimately though, it’s about the pros and cons of Macs and PCs.

Length: 28:15
Special Guest: Adam and Don The Producer

7 Responses to Episode 019: Mac vs PC

  1. rich the brother 2011.04.05 11:05 pm

    You guys missed a few things in this episode.

    Macs are made with higher quality hardware when compared to most PC’s on the market. You can’t simply compare any Mac computer to a commodity Windows PC. PC’s are either for the masses who want a cheap computer, or tweakers who want to build the ultimate gaming machine.

    A lot of Adam’s complaints or DTP’s gripes are based on old information. Both OS’s have matured over the years. Macs are a lot more compatible with common software than before, and PC’s are a lot more stable now. PC’s are slicker and sleeker now, and Macs are much more robust than in the past. People always complain about these old problems.

    Also, DTP mentioned hard drives easy to install, but that would only be true for a Mac Pro – a $3000 CPU!! HDs are really easy to install on that thing. No wires to deal with, just ports in. You both are wrong about needing a mac HD to put into a mac CPU. You can install any normal HD into a mac, just needs to be formatted before use in Disk Utility. I just installed a 2TB WD Caviar drive into a Mac Pro the other day – only cost me $80.

    All this being said, I prefer a Mac to a Windows PC. I’m not a constant tweaker and I just want my CPU to work for me. Not the other way around.

    I’ve used both OS’s on a daily basis for 13 years now. Mac’s OS X is more elegant and efficient than Windows. I don’t want to have to constantly defrag and reformat, close pop-up windows and guess what my computer is trying to tell me. And I’m sure most casual users around the world feel the same way. But most people who just want a working computer won’t pay for a mac, and that is where I’m and why I use both. When I can afford to buy a Mac, I will. Otherwise, a PC isn’t so bad.

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    1. Don The Producer 2011.04.06 12:40 am

      Word on the street is that we did miss a couple of things. I was totally unaware that there were a lot of third party HDDs that could be installed into a Mac. Mostly what I was thinking about was other more complex internal parts such as motherboards. This idea going with the logic that Apple likes to control its hardware and software. As for Mac incompatibility with software, it’s only come up twice in my 5 years as a Mac owner (Quicken Business Accounting and Kung Fu Chess).

      As expressed on the show, I like Macs WAY better than PCs these days. But that doesn’t mean I’m down with the cult of Apple either.

      My recommendation for you rich the brother is a little less tweaking.

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    2. The Adam 2011.04.08 2:33 am

      It is true Rich that there are many more programs working for the Mac than before. I think one of the greatest wins in recent years was the introduction of Steam to the Mac. This meant that a rather large library of PC games could now be played on the Mac. This definitely assists people cross any lines they might have been afraid to previously.
      With that said though, I’ve worked with a Mac in the past, but it was only briefly. It was used when I took animation. To be fair, this was a G4 at the time, so my information is out of date. There were features I enjoyed on the Mac, such as the ability to use macros. This was especially handy when having to scan multiple images into the mac and rotating the image 90 degrees and then name it in sequence. To do this on PC, I would have to have rather specific programs and been quite cumbersome.
      The issue for me is that Macs are STILL too expensive and while there are many more programs on it than before, none of them are what I want to use. I don’t mind having my programs a little more robust and customizable for me. I’m capable of doing this sort of thing so I’d rather have the options. I will say that I do not want the options as robust as my Linux experience however.
      Let me ask you a question though Rich. If you were to invite a person to try your three favorite programs for Apple which you feel would best convey it’s experience, what would those applications be? What applications would you say could assist a new user to fall for an Apple? I’d be interested in looking into those.
      As usual, I think information like this is what we want on the League. If we’re ever wrong, or people disagree with us, I actually WANT to read alternate information, experiences, and observations.
      Thanks for your response Rich and please, continue as long as it doesn’t bore the crap out of you. -The Adam

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      1. Don The Producer 2011.04.08 12:27 pm

        Not stepping in on your questions to Rich but I will say that your statement about Steam on Mac is only true for gaming. It’s a good move for Mac to be more affiliated with games which it currently is not and wasn’t before. The lack of compatible software for Macs has not been an issue for me except for the two instances that I mentioned about in my previous comment. For a gamer, Mac is almost inconceivable. But for anything else (aside from hacking), you’ll be just fine with a Mac.

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