Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 16:00 UTC, submitted by Sonia Mehta
Apple "I want Vista to be a better OS than it's been promoted to be, but at the same time, I also want OS X to finally receive the public adoption that it deserves. Now is the time for Apple to creatively promote its Macintosh platform with OS X. This is the critical hour, and if Apple is able to take advantage of the uneasy feeling that many have towards Vista, then they could attract an untold amount of new users."
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Hardware choice
by Dave_K on Thu 14th Sep 2006 20:46 UTC
Dave_K
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2005-11-16

The reason I stick with Windows rather than switching to Mac OS X is nothing to do with the quality of OS, Apple's advertising, or even the software available for it. The limitations of Apple's hardware range is the one thing that keeps me using a PC.

I'm not saying that there's anything wrong with Apple's hardware, or that it's overpriced considering the quality and elegance of the design. I just can't find Apple computers that meet my needs as well as the PCs I use at the moment.

For example, my silent media centre does a better job than a Mac Mini would, mainly thanks to the options offered by its PCI slots and the extra space it has for drives. My main workstation PC does everything I need, but cost less than half as much as the bottom of the range Mac Pro. Cheaper consumer Macs wouldn't allow me to use my current dual-headed display, something I would miss when doing graphics or web design work.

The one really nice thing about the PC is the massive choice of configuration options, and if I can't find what I want off the shelf, I can build my own computer.

I have to balance what would benefit me more, using Mac OS X on Apple's hardware, or sticking with a PC and having to use Windows or Linux. At the moment the hardware makes too much of a difference for me to switch. Maybe one day Apple will make hardware that meets my needs, or will sell OS X separate from their hardware, but I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for that to happen.

As for Vista, I can't see any compelling reason to switch from XP, and I doubt I'll bother upgrading for the foreseeable future. It's not like Vista offers the clear advantages over NT based versions of Windows that they offered over Windows 9x. The flashy UI and various tweaks seem pretty unimportant to me, they're all things that I can happily live without.

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