Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
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RE: MacBooks for the time being...
by karunko on Wed 28th Mar 2012 14:31 UTC in reply to "MacBooks for the time being..."
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I wouldn't recommend anything other than a MacBook to anyone right now.

So far, so good. I mean, nobody is keeping anyone at gunpoint to "suggest" they make the "right" recommendation, right? ;-)

For one, Mac OS X is great and Mountain Lion is only making it better.

This, on the other hand, is debatable. In my opinion, and I have made no secret about it in the past, OS X has been going downhill for a while and the last "real" upgrade has been Leopard -- not to mention that I certainly have no use for a dumbed down OS.

The hardware is superb; quality, design, reliability.

Again, so far so good -- with the occasional, well documented exceptions.

This is only supported by the fact that I see an overwhelming majority of MacBooks here in the UK, particularly amongst younger people and even more-so in Universities.

Here, on the other hand, you're just raving and making the usual (wrong) assumptions:

1) That commercial success must be due to "being better" than the competition, to which people usually retort saying that, by that very same token, Lady Gaga (or whatever other pop act) must be an hell of an artist because she's selling lots of records/tickets;

2) That your sample, no matter how big, represents the actual market distribution in your country. In my area (dotted with research institutes and technical universities) when I'm on the train I see plenty of iPhones, but only the odd iPad (or tablet) and all sort of different notebooks (including Macs, of course). Still, this doesn't really mean anything, and that's why a statistician is supposed to be well versed in "the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments".


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