I found this thread to be quite interesting, at least, up to around page 6. After page 6, I noticed that a few users here just signed up to SillyDog701 just to be a nuisance and destroy the main point of the thread, Mac vs. PC.
The thread is Mac vs. PC, not Apple vs. Microsoft, which is a major difference. A quick way to end the debate over the Apple vs. Microsoft topic is just to say this:
Microsoft makes software.
Apple makes software AND
More in-dept, Apple beats Microsoft with it's software in that Apple makes it's hardware, then developes it's software, which makes the process of writing the code pretty easy, they know what feature to incorporate into their OS, how to incorporate effeciently, and what to develope later on.
Microsoft just makes an OS, PC giants such as HP/Compaq, Sony, Toshiba, Dell, etc. make the PC that this OS runs on. This, however, does not mean that each PC is the same as we all know. Since PCs aren't alike, the OS can't run the same, unless it uses a general configuration, rendering optional features* each manufacture touts useless. Otherwise Microsoft would have to incorporate a technology that allows the OS to run the same across all hardware profiles, but with the added support of the optional features* that the companies add in. This is where device drivers come in, and because of these drivers, if one is made wrong, the OS, dependant on this driver, thus fails, or seperates it from it's core, and thus the feature fails.
Now if we were to go back to what the thread was about, Mac vs. PC, it's somewhat a tie, but to date, PC easily beats a Mac anytime, not considering the G5 since it's technology is relatively new and not widely supported as the older Macs are (when the YDL finishes with their version for the G5, that'll change.) PCs have many alternatives with almost any part needed, Macs don't feature this, you don't neccessarily see a Mac user take off a Mac's case, pull out the processor, and upgrade it with a faster one if the architecture supports it, as is the case with Intel and AMD chips (which surprisingly, I haven't really heard of or from in this thread.)
* Devices added in that the company basically owns patents to, or a company given a license by the parent company of the patent.
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