I agree with the general gist of Kadayi's assertion, except I wouldn't say Macs are "idiot-proof" so much as Macs are "idiot-prone."
I've been in businesses where they bought Macs because a lot of the older staff had trouble understanding the most basic of operations on PC. Right now, though, anybody of my generation has absolutely no excuse for not being computer literate.
Personally, however, I hate 'em. I'm an ACMT and I hate 'em (also, that certification program is a huge ripoff compared to MCITP or A+). They're basically closed-off PCs for $500 more than an equivalent PC would cost. Also, I have no idea why you'd want to emulate an OS for the purpose of gaming. That's a horribly inefficient use of resources.
Yeah OSX has been doing that for years. Generally you're not installing a lot of new software (because it's a work machine rather than a games machine), so it's not noticeable unless you've regular software updates. Still when has Apple ever let the truth get in the way of a good story. Most of their 'I'm a mac' 'I'm a PC' adverts were complete fabrications and half truths, but people lapped them up.Also I find it incredibly ironic that Apple ran those advertisements laughing about UAC in Vista when OSX effectively includes the same thing, as does Linux with its sudo command.
Re: Nalano and Kad:
Everytime I find someone that is obviously computer illiterate, I assume it's similar to my reason for not playing music: I cant be bothered to devote my entire life to it, because thats what it takes for me to be good at it.
Still, thats only if you "want to be good at computers", following that logic. But mostly, its people afraid of breaking things, afraid of trying stuff out, that dont want to use/cant "use" a computer. Heck, I know an artist, she's about 39 or so, that is absolutely afraid of doing anything more than browsing and checking emails; because she downloaded something once, and it was apparently a virus. Atleast thats what she claims.
People have the silliest reasons. Anyhow, if you want to have fun on a system, and maybe work on it a bit, go for PC. Definitely.
1) Your analogy is flawed. Everybody is good at music. You'd have to be taught out of it in order to be bad at it. You may not have perfect pitch, nor a formal knowledge of music theory, but you and everybody else alive can hold a beat.
2) We have a 99% literacy rate in this country. Why? Because learning to read is a necessity for securing a place in society. Nowadays, the requirements for dealing with society includes being competent at computers. "Computer literacy" is the right term: Without it, you're fucked.
But computer literacy doesn't necessarily mean the same thing it did 10 years ago. One thing Apple has clearly demonstrated is that you can make computing devices (the i things) that are usable by people with zero knowledge of computing but fulfil the majority of the populations requirements for such devices. Unlike a book computers can be made easier to use and that is the future of consumer computing.2) We have a 99% literacy rate in this country. Why? Because learning to read is a necessity for securing a place in society. Nowadays, the requirements for dealing with society includes being competent at computers. "Computer literacy" is the right term: Without it, you're fucked.
Most people have no interest in or need to understand how computers work and being computer literate for them means knowing how to open a web-browser, read email and use a word processor. Just as I enjoy listening to music but have no interest in learning to play the guitar.
* Grotesque gender stereotyping employed for comic purposes only. No feminists were harmed in the making of this post.
I really prefer to work on OS X, honestly. Windows 7 isn't that bad, but it still sucks in comparison, in my opinion.
That said, I've been down this road you're thinking of, and it was a tough hike. I would not make that mistake again. The problem comes in two years when your (probably not too powerful to begin with) graphics card begins to sweat a bit. Then a lot. Suddenly, you're stuck with a gorgeous-screened, beautifully designed machine that's getting completely destroyed performance-wise by a nasty little beige box. Unless you're buying a Mac Pro (and you'd be crazy to spend $3500 on a computer), you can't change out those graphics cards. And they're probably glorified mobile graphics cards. And probably underclocked.
Seriously, fix up your PC, or build a brand-new one. Don't plan to game on Mac hardware.
It's probably also worth mentioning that any computer you build/buy now will see the types of next-gen-by-virtue-of-console-cycles games that may end up pushing on hardware more than the slackening pace of the game-tech arms race of the past couple of years.
And I really love Macs. (though I have a lot of philosophical problems with some of the ways Apple seems to be taking cues from its mobile OS's successes, things like the Mac App store, the upcoming, ominously named Gatekeeper security plan that will create onerous restrictions on software developers and push people toward their own Apple-gets-a-cut software sales platform, and several notable examples of productivity-killing software simplification, nay, dumbing down, like the new version of Final Cut, missing settings in Quicktime, the abandonment of Expose, etc., but that's obviously another story)
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I guess it's even more expensive though. But that's what you get, I think, for buying a system that requires you to run another OS on top of it to do things.
Not aimed at you but your friends.
Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory since 1982.
I could probably write a list of things I fucking hate about Windows, too, to be fair.
...but the key difference is that a lot of that stuff isn't generally a problem for a basic user. It's more niggling things that annoy me as a power user. Your average keyboard tapper probably doesn't care that an app has spread files across three folders in AppData, system32, My Documents, and in 4 different places in Program Files. They might start to wonder though why the usual view of a directory is to sort folders first when OSX treats them no differently from files, or why closing all the windows of an app doesn't necessarily close the app itself, or how running apps in the Dock aren't quite as distinguishable from apps that aren't running... well, point being that OSX basically breaks a lot of conventions that other operating systems have implemented as standard. Valid criticisms of Windows (i.e. not 'omg it crashes more lol') tend to focus more on things that don't really impact the end user so much (except maybe the USB device thing, man that can drive me batshit crazy sometimes), while the valid criticisms of OSX impact pretty much every level of the user experience, whether they're a regular user or a power user.