January 1 2007

How did you spend your New Years Eve?

Well, so glad you asked! At midnight I was sitting in front of my computer at work, cursing it’s very existence because it had run CHKDSK for some odd reason. I swear, at some point this year I am dropping every PC I have over a cliff. I am so tired of fighting with them, getting blue screens of death for random reasons and just general BS!

Luis! Roy! Shari! Tell me how much better it is in Mac world again! Please? Tell me it’s a happier place…even if you have to lie!

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  • Roy

    I’m not a Mac freak and I use windows equally but for non work stuff I find the Mac is more friendly with the whole “digital lifestyle” thing. If there’s no reason to continue using a windows computer just go out and get a mac and use that as your main machine. It may take some time to get used to doing things a little differently but you can still have your windows machines around if you still need them. I’m planning to get a MacBookPro as soon as Leopard is shipped with them. Should be around early spring I think.

  • Maybe it’s my bias, but I find Mac issues a lot easier to deal with than Windows issues. There is, of course, the caveat that PC users sometimes have problems with Macs because they are used to PCs and unfamiliar with the different ways Macs may do things. It won’t be instantly easier, and you may have the most problems at the outset. But I am pretty confident that you will have a much better time with a Mac over the long run than you would continuing to use a PC.

    P.S.–new RIAA-related post at my blog.

  • Roy – I’m waiting for Leopard pre-installed on a desktop before I dive in. I do plan on keeping cheap PC desktops around as a lot of my shipping software works only on PCs, so I already have a second PC on my desk that does nothing but shipping and invoicing. I’ll make the Mac my main computer and hopefully not feel like pulling out my hair every other day.

    Luis – My learning curve is pretty good on most things, so I am sure I will pick it up fairly quickly. I just want a world where I don’t even have to be touching a computer to get a BSOD!

  • I’m a little closer to Roy’s take than Luis’s but I think that now is probably the best time to make your next computer a Mac because Vista is not looking good on so many fronts (which you’re aware of from Luis’s blog).

    Mac OS X is pretty evolved at this point and, while not perfect, it’s a pretty fair bet that Vista will be a bugfest for awhile (as most new OS’s are…as OS X was in my experience for the first year) and it’s certainly going to be an epic resource hog.

    Macs have their strengths and the primary one is still hardware integration. A Mac will still recognize a device and use it properly even with plugging and unplugging it constantly during use whereas PCs sometimes seem to have issues if you do this. I wil admit though that my PC has not had the issues that yours has had but I use a cheap consumer model (an eMachine) which I believe suffers less than Dells or other models with a more complex array of components. It’s not very capable but it is stable.

    And, if you’re going laptop, go Mac. My experiences with laptops (one Dell, one Acer) are dismal beyond belief. The Dell died after suffering a multitude of problems and the Acer overheats and shuts itself off after about an hour or so of processor-heavy use. Last night, we got so sick of it that we ordered one of those plates with fans in it to stick under it for $42 from and are hoping it fixes the problem. It really is grating though to spend that much on fixing something that shouldn’t be happening.

    There are only 3 reasons to go PC over Mac (and they are good ones but may or may not apply to you):

    One is that you are so poor that you have to buy a dirt cheap machine with a crappy video and sound card and minimal bells and whistles.

    Two is that you are big into programming, use proprietary software for your work, or computer gaming (and multiplayer gaming in particular) and would rather not pop for a Mac plus a copy of Windows XP (because you can run Windows on the Mac now but it’ll add $250-$300 to the price for the luxury of the Mac). That is, the second reason is your software needs dictate your platform.

    Three is that you are a hobbyist who likes to customize his machine and have maximum flexibility to upgrade and change components. You can upgrade some parts of Macs but some PCs can be rebuilt piece by piece.

    Other than those concerns, you’re probably better off with a Mac but don’t expect it to be trouble-free. Just expect it to be a lot less troublesome.