Comparing Mac and PC (Counter-point)
Originally posted on WIBC.com on 10/20/2009:
by Daniel J. Gansle
Ever since the introduction of the personal computer, the battle between Macintosh computers and PCs has been raging with both sides digging in and claiming one computer is better than the other.
Back in the 1980s, I recall both Macintosh computers and PCs. In our home, we had a PC. It was a Kaypro computer, 10 megabyte hard drive, 64K RAM memory, and a single 5-1/4-inch floppy disk drive. At my friend’s house, we often played games on an old Apple II computer with 48KB RAM memory and two 5-1/4-inch floppy disk drives. But then we switched to playing Pong and Pac Man on the Atari game system better music, awesome graphics, and you just couldn’t beat it.
So just what are the differences between PC and Macintosh computers? Let’s take a look.
Information Security: Is Your Computer Secure?
Today, we have many more issues to grapple with when it comes to computers. One pressing one is information security. With all the computer hackers, identity thieves, computer viruses, worms, and other uninvited guests, computer users need an operating system that blocks the possibility of anybody breaking into your private personal data.
While PCs have come a long way in firewall protection, Macintosh computers are far less vulnerable to attacks since the computer worm and virus software is written mainly to the newer PC platforms. Since the PC is used so widely in offices, hackers focus more on them than they do Macintosh computers.
Graphic Design and Animation
It is widely thought throughout the industry that Macintosh computers are preferred over PCs for their ability to process memory-intensive jobs including graphic design and animation. PCs, on the other hand, are known to be very office-friendly with Microsoft’s suite of office software.
In terms of gaming, PCs beat Macintosh computers hands-down. That’s why more computer games are manufactured for PCs than Macintosh computers. If you’re on a Macintosh computer and you suddenly want to play video games, you’ll find yourself limited unless you’re gaming over the Internet.
Music, Video, Movies, Chat, Web Creation, and Images
While the masses debate whether music and video are better on one platform over the other, some prefer Macintosh for its collaborative suite of media tools: iMovie for video editing, iPhoto for digital photograph organization, iChat for interactive web-based chat, iWeb for basic web page design and web development, and iTunes for MP3s and streaming Web radio. Others find PCs just as media-friendly. So on this note, it’s simply a matter of preference.
Operating System Stability
Macintosh computer users swear by the Mac’s UNIX-based operating system as compared to Microsoft Windows XP or Vista software. Stability means fewer system crashes and lost data; and the most dreaded of all, the blue screen of death.
Macintosh computers are generally higher priced than PCs, particularly when it comes to laptop computers. This is why many flock to lower-priced PCs; and others who swear by Macintosh’s legendary stability and ease of use don’t mind paying a little more for what they feel is a better product.
These are just a few differences between PC and Macintosh computers. The computer you choose really depends on what you want to use it for: basic web surfing, documentation, music and video, gaming, graphic design, animation, and so on. Meanwhile, the battle between PCs and Macintosh computers rages on.