Let me make this clear, of the families of operating systems. Windows, Mac and Linux. I am least familiar with Mac.
But, one thing’s for sure…I’ll be good!
OK, let me start with the good things I have to say, as I promised somebody that I would be fair.
I liked the Ipad because of its size and how intuitive it was, granted I only used it for note-taking, but I am still impressed with it.
When my brother showed me his brand new MacBook Pro 2012, I didn’t want to like it, but I did. In fact, I liked it so much that I wrote a blog post about it.
I looked at the specs for my brothers Mac Pro from 2006. Are you ready for this? It came with 1GB of RAM which, doesn’t really sound all that impressive to me. However, from what he tells me that 1 GB went a long way which is a testimony to the light-weight of the OS that is using it. Also the machine can be upgraded to at least 32 GB of RAM, as well as the ability to install four graphics cards. I felt as though that was very forward thinking indeed.
For the record, my brother was fully aware of what was under the hood, and much kudos to him for that reason. Also he is a professional audio engineer, as well as a tech enthusiast. Which leaves me with a question…. Is he the majority or the minority?
Now, granted if you want a computer that you can just buy and be done with it Apple is not the worse place to go far from it. At the same time I honestly feel that you can get the same power without the hefty price tag. In fact I am open to doing a post where I will explain how to do just that.
I came across an interesting point on a forum yesterday is as follows…”I suppose that which is *best* depends largely on what you want to do with the system. If you are heavy into graphics and want access to all the kewlest (and expensive) multimedia software then Mac OS X is your bag.”
What about those of us that aren’t? I would argue that the majority of computer users are just ordinary people that simply want to be able to write and edit documents, browse and download from the Internet, watch movies and listen to music. You don’t need an i7 or even an i3 to do that.
So do you need to pay thousands of dollars to do those basic but crucial things? No! not at all. Just like I told you in part one of this series. But if you want to then that is your choice.
There are those who have a negative attitude towards Mac users in general and that from what I see, is as the result of Fan-boyism which is something quite common across platforms. These one’s feel as though to own a Mac or any other Apple product is a status symbol and interesting enough if you don’t use them then you must be dumb, poor or a combination of the two.
To be fair, yes there are those that view things that way. How many, I do not know. It is also said that Mac users are lazy. I disagree with that particular statement because I realize not everyone has a very big interest in computers, so long as they do what the person wants to do they are happy with that. That in itself doesn’t make a person lazy and is a stupid blanket statement just like the one that says Linux is for people who are super computer savvy.
So if Mac is your platform of choice more power to you
Diff’rent strokes for different folks after all.
Speaking of Word, why doesn’t Mac have a decent word processor?
Actually there is one awesome one I can think of: LibreOffice, no it’s not Mac specific, but to me I think that’s part of its charm.
Another question is: Why isn’t Mac being used more in the server market? Could it be that it is felt that the walls to the garden are too high?
I am not going to much into the security, but I do agree that when it comes to security despite the worms, Apple is at least trying to help out the end-user, and honestly speaking a lot of the problems they have had in that area (the relative few ) are as the result of mistakes of end users.
One more thing: I got a surprise for you….
Next up last but not least, my personal favorite Linux.
*round of applause* it continues into next post!