Much like the never ending battle between the Horde and the Alliance, my battle against Mac users also continues without an end in sight. For a change though, I’m the instigator this year. Why always around the holidays? I’m sure I’ll never know….
Been getting a lot of calls from these Mac users. Even had a new guild member need me to change a vent setting so he could join us as his Mac requires a specific codec in order to work. Of course I had to rib him to no end just to be me. Though in all honesty he’s a good person and is incredibly intelligent. Though I’m not sure why he choose such an expensive computer, it’s really none of my business.
I can only guess that it’s because for the most part Mac’s might be easier to use, though the people that call me are frustrated and lost. So, I’m not so sure if they actually are easier to use. Or the people who own them are just that dumb.
I get the security speech all the time. They don’t need to run anti-virus and such. Which we’ve already proven is a wrong statement. Granted, there are less viruses targeting Mac’s. However, there are viruses none-the-less, which require an anti-virus program to be installed to help protect the oblivious users. But honestly in today’s world. The identity thief could give two shits less about how protected your computer is. As long as he/she can con you into providing your personal information via email or websites. I get the calls all the time. From both computer fronts. It’s part of what I do.
Does spending more than $2000 for a computer somehow make them feel safer? If so, I’m in the wrong business. I should be selling the “feeling of security” for loads of money. Even Apple acknowledges security in their Mac OS by talking about 64 bit applications. Though the wording is that of it’s possible to still be compromised. Even if they don’t outright say it.
Another benefit of the 64-bit applications in Snow Leopard is that they’re even more secure from hackers and malware than the 32-bit versions. That’s because 64-bit applications can use more advanced security techniques to fend off malicious code. More secure than ever First, 64-bit applications can keep their data out of harm’s way thanks to a more secure function argument-passing mechanism and the use of hardware-based execute disable for heap memory. In addition, memory on the system heap is marked using strengthened checksums, helping to prevent attacks that rely on corrupting memory.
So it still comes down to justifying cost. Which I cannot justify spend so much more on a Mac. Here’s a system I priced out today that I could build myself.
Hand Built PC (Quad Core w/4GB Ram)
- Intel Core i5-760 2.8GHz Quad-Core Processor
- Kingston 4GB (2 x 2GB) DDR3 SDRAM
- WD 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5″ Hard Drive
- Radeon HD 5770 1GB 128-bit Video Card
- LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer w/LightScribe Support
- Logitech Keyboard and Mouse
- Antec 650W Power Supply
- IN WIN Black Steel ATX Mid Tower Case
- Intel Motherboard
- Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
$944.90 (as of 11/23/2010)
Plus my Complete Computer Suite of Software (all freeware)
IrfanView, Paint.net, Firefox or Chrome, Pidgin, Windows Live Mail, Media Portal, Really Slick Screensavers, Windows Movie Maker, Foxit PDF Reader, OpenOffice, Avast, Malwarebytes, Ashampoo 6, Auslogics Disk Defrag, CCleaner, Dropbox and IzArc Zip. And more!
Comparable Mac Pro (Quad Core w/3GB Ram)
- 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Nehalem”
- 3GB (3x1GB)
- 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive
- ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
- One 18x SuperDrive
- Apple Magic Mouse and Keyboard
- Power Supply
- Mac OS X
$2,499.00 (as of 11/23/2010)
Plus whatever goofy “i” software that’s included. I’m sure it’s dumbed down for the end user like everything else on a Mac. Even if they can include everything in my freeware suite, it still wouldn’t justify the cost difference.
And with everything I do, it just makes sense to go with the affordable PC with Windows. If you’re smart with computers, you won’t have to worry about viruses, malware, hackers and identity theft. Perhaps people should spend that extra money on an education and stop giving it to Steve Jobs.