Rich, I agree with you. Actually I started the message board with ICs, resistors and caps in my mind.
Do you have anything you want to share? Like horrible surface mount resistors? Maybe you can start that discussion so we can steer the direction of this message back to where it meant to be.
It all depends on the purpose of electronics component. If you ask a kid playing PS3, he would prefer mac with latest and greatest graphics. Regular PC cannot beat Mac performance. Also, I think Apple Mac have way far features than PC.
Bob, thanks for starting the discussion.
For PC vs. Mac matter, I have always wondered: is it because Microsoft is not competent enough to make Windows better or they are doing this on purpose.
I don't think Apple people are smarter than Microsoft's, neither do I think Microsoft doesn't want to make Windows better at all. Then why have they been failing so far?
I am really interested hearing Microsoft engineers defending themselves.
True, it's nice that we are are finally getting more choices in operating systems for the desktop and beyond. Most of my background was with Unix systems, so I was quite happy when I could get a command prompt on my Mac and use bash shell again.
I run Linux on an old I(pre-Intel) MacMini and have high hopes for Chrome. Competition is good. But until the corporate world weans itself from Microsoft Office and related products, we will still be dealing with Redmond for some time.
Also, I spend all day yesterday cleaning up my XP gaming machine. I start with a program called TUT - The Ultimate Troubleshooter. I would recommend the program to anyone with a PC.
But Bob, it's no longer just a PC vs. Mac world! I'm typing this on my Linux machine, which hasn't been rebooted in over a year. I don't own a Mac, but I suspect the same could be done with a Mac.
We have machines at home running Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. I must say that so far Windows 7 seems pretty solid, but I would also say it's too early to give it a true thumbs up on reliability -- because my past experience with XP & Vista is that Windows slowly gets screwed up over time, and a periodic re-install is required to restore the PC to it's past good performance.
I recently had to re-install XP on one machine and was somewhat pleased that it had been running over 3 years on the same Windows installation. But that attitude quickly changed after the re-install, when my performance went way up and I remembered what this old Core2 Duo was once capable of. Then I realized I should've done the re-install a couple years ago.
Macs don't require a periodic OS re-install. Neither to Linux machines. I wonder if that will also be true of Chrome OS?
Let's see if I can get some discussion started. I'm and IT director for a major corporation and we're a Microsoft shop. At home I have a MacBook Pro as my primary computer, a Mac Mini running my network, Apple Time Machine backing up my Macs and my wife's iMac. I use the router in time machine and use AppleTV for our entertainment center. I also have an iPhone4 and an iPAD. I have a PC that I built for gaming.
The Apple products require almost no attention from me; they just work. The PC is another matter; it seems to need tweaking of one sort or another on a regular basis. I often wonder how the non-IT people who have PCs at home survive. Once you have a problem it seems to require a fair amount of computer knowledge to track down the problem and fix it.
PC vs. Mac? Which system are you happy with?
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