im not gonna diss the PC, since i grew up with it.
and in fact i do have quite a few memorable times working on a PC.
its just that...well...PCs...they just become...
as in, you can recognize a PC 15 years ago and those of today: the ever so distinctive tower design. Everybody is obsessed with building the ultimate tower with loads of extra stuff slotted into it.
Even the smallest tower which i see while looking around hardware stores are still way too big for my tiny desk.
Ill admit im an upgrade freak: i just love assembling towers. But when you actually turn on the system, you will start to wish that you dont have to take apart your system every 2 years to change the CPU,motherboard, the hard disk, etc etc. Perhaps this is 1 reason why i love the iMac: it stops me from wasting $ buying more upgrade parts. ^^;;;;
And i had to open my tower up every week just to clean up the muck that gets stuck on the CPU fan and mainboards. As long as you're using a tower, it is bound to happen. Any tower. Even the oct-core Mac Pro is not immune. I love building and assembling my own towers, but i hate the mantainance. That's why im still with the iMac. :p
of course you'll get more control with your system if you build it yourself. But with more control comes more responsibility (and problems as well). If you ask me, the core difference between Windows and Mac is:
Windows tries to be informative. Mac goes for functionality.
When you want to do something in Windows, it prompts you every step of the way (usually). Sometimes, even after all that promting, things still dont turn out as planned.
Mac does everything quietly. For example: installing new hardware. You connect the hardware to the Mac, nothing happens on screen for awhile, then suddenly your new icon appears in the desktop, and everything's done: you can start using it. Windows will display a very informative bubble (but annoying) about a new hardware, then announce its driver search progress, then a bubble about its installation progress etc etc before you finally see the bubble you want to see: "The new hardware has been sucessfully installed." Im sure we could do without all these information.
such tiny details really speak volumes about the intention of each OS. Mac OSes are built for functionality and user-empowerment: you give the system something and it does everything for you without telling/asking you for anything. It gives you the impression of a really 'smart' machine.
Windows on the other hard feels more dumbed down. During the years with Windows, i often feel as if the OS is telling ME what to do instead of the other way round its supposed to be. There are times Windows stubbornly refuses to do what i tell it, insisting on its own way. Somehow Mac OS doesnt seem to have this problem.
Lets not forget about the learning curve too. Having made the switch to Mac only 2 months ago, i was a complete noob. And within 2 days i had everything in my Mac set up the way i wanted it, right down to the boot sequence and system prefs. In comparison, when upgrading from ME to XP, it took half a week to re-personalize my PC.
and there's just something about the Mac which makes it special. Even on my first day, somehow it felt as if...it was as if i knew how to use it right from day 1. i really cannot explain why but i did feel that way the moment i connected my Mac to the power source. Windows never gave me such a 'deja vu' feeling.
i'd agree that Windows boasts more 'userbility' than Mac: this is due to their integration of various system processes together to get the whole system working seamlessly. but as long as a tiny part of this chain is broken, the entire system crashes completly, most times a restart is required. Can you run Windows and shut off the explorer.exe process? or turn off the desktop? no. So if there's a problem with explorer.exe, the entire OS goes down. Mac on the otherhand, isolates every single part of the OS. Dont like Finder? Disable it completely and use Terminal. Desktop file data getting corrupted or bloated? Isolate the desktop file and you can still use Terminal to get your daily work done. Apple's desktop not to your liking? Delete the entire desktop file and install KDE or GNOME. Safari sucks? Trash it away. In fact, almost anything in Mac can be deleted safely.
This is not to say i condemn Windows though.I do have lots of good times with my PC back then.
Seriously, i hope 1 day the historical OS war between Windows and Apple will end.
EDIT: That, plus somehow, legacy Mac OSes just never truely 'die out'. in my college film studio, there's a whole row of extremely old Apple computers (still using the rainbow Apple logo) which we often use to do video editing. I have no idea what version of Mac these systems run, but my lecturer told me that those machines have been used since the late 1980s. Imagine: such an old system still used for video editing. Can legacy Windows systems perform current day's tasks like the old Apples?
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