Skip to comments.50 Reasons to Switch from Microsoft Windows to Apple’s Mac OS X
Posted on 02/14/2008 8:16:57 PM PST by jdm
I love my Xbox 360s, I think Popfly rocks (Silverlight will bring much needed competition to Flash). Plus, I cant live without Exchange and its server-side rules. I love my Microsoft mouse more than any other mouse in the world. Surface looks totally awesome, too.
Microsoft does some amazing things - very amazing things. My choice, however, for a primary desktop operating system is no longer Windows - its Mac OS X. Duh. Its rather difficult to admit that officially, if only because well, I think Microsoft does amazing things. Theyve also been quite supportive of my own efforts over the years, if only because they understand the value of one user. Im still openly willing to give feedback to Microsofts product teams - Windows included. If youre also looking to Switch, let me tell you that VMware Fusion signed on as a Video Show sponsor - and would be more than happy to help you with the transition. Realizing that many of you are hooked on Parallels, Im guessing that VMware would do just about anything to win your attention. I also have great sponsors like Plasq.com (who make Skitch.com and ComicLife.com) and Shinywhitebox.com, who makes iShowU, Stomp, and Chatter. These are independent Mac OS X software developers with widely-accepted products. While I dont need to justify my actions to anybody, I feel I have 50 strong reasons to finally make the move. This is after posting a list of my favorite Mac apps a few months ago, and inspiring Brian to create Appster (so that you could blog your favorite Mac apps with ease, too). Anybody in my chat room who watches the live video feed with any regularity knows that Im a platform neutral geek. Keep that in mind as you read the following list:
Please dont take this post as an all-out lovefest for Apple (and its definitely not a hatefest for Microsoft, either). The two can co-exist peacefully if you let them, and if your routine supports it. I wasnt ready to switch before now for a lot of reasons. This has been a long time coming. I think its lousy that Apple charges for QuickTime Pro and Remote Desktop, I believe iTunes and iPhoto are inelegant management tools (Picasa for OS X would rule). At least Aperture 2.0 looks promising for me. And, for whatever its worth, Ive yet to hear from anybody at Apple in respect to marketing, sponsorship, endorsement, support - or otherwise. Id imagine theyd be interested in knowing my background, and why this leap is relatively monumental for me - and a sign of things to come for the greater part of our community. So, lets say that the next version of Windows is amazing - for arguments sake. Would I switch back to the PC for my primary computing needs? Doubtful, because Im guessing that virtual machine support will continue to improve in leaps and bounds (with greater hardware support to boot). Microsoft Windows isnt in trouble, necessarily - but I do believe that its better (read: somewhat safer, more affordable) to run Windows in a virtual machine with USB 2.0 hardware support than it is to run it directly on the desktop. If youre a gamer, all bets are off - youre a different kind of user. Gamers are likely the reason Windows is still alive and well at home today. If the gaming industry shifted gears and started to develop OpenGL-based entertainment titles for Linux, youd see Ubuntu adoption skyrocket. Im a console player - still in love with my 360, as noted before. Im a casual gamer, and I can casual game anywhere. Ill still have traditional PC hardware around the house - especially since Ponzi may or may not be making this switch with me. Were still living inside of Outlook, with no other usable PIM in reach (on any platform). Ive been showing her a few cool things that you can only do with the Mac, and shes certainly seen me try Outlook 2007 in VMware Fusion. Im also looking forward to tinkering with new systems as theyre released from a variety of OEMs. I couldnt abandon my beloved HP All-in-One LaserJet!
Point is: Im not going all Apple. In time, this will all become easier to manage - but theres no time like the present to shelve the last ten years of Windows enthusiasm and switch. Im fine with being a Microsoft enthusiast in other areas, mind you - very much so. Theyre doing too many good things for me to ignore, and their community involvement puts Apple to shame. My choice for an operating system is just that - my choice for an OS. And before anybody jumps in and claims that you can achieve the same level of happiness after installing 50+ third-party add-ons, plugins, extensions, and utilities to Windows you simply dont get it, and you probably never will. I cant be alone, and Im predicting that by the end of next year, even more people will choose (and use) Mac OS X over Windows Vista. I cant open up the phone lines anymore without being inundated with calls that suggest such a tipping point. Everybody is curious
and curiosity is what keeps me going.
As a power user, Mac OS X has far more to offer me in terms of tweak-ability and modularity. I learned that by trying it, not by guessing that it wasnt possible.
I heart MacOSXHints.com. I heart TUAW.com. I heart DaringFireball.net. I heart TidBits.com. I heart so many Mac software developers (like Steve Green and Wil Shipley and Randy Green and Brian Skrab and others). I heart watching for news of some new application, though Im not quite on any review lists yet - it seems like a simpler nut to crack than it was in the world of Windows shareware.
Its fun again.
To end this with a bit of humor, my live stream chatters (largely Windows and PC enthusiasts) gave me other title suggestions for this post:
And now, Id like to challenge any Windows enthusiast to publish 50 Reasons to switch from Mac OS X to Microsoft Windows. ;)
Some great links in that article. Thanks!
The so called Apple cult is an illusion Windows users imagine because they frequently have to run ask for help when their machine is acting up and anyone regularly using a Mac is naturally going to be baffled by the huge assortment of problems they've never had to encounter. This is because..., well, just because the Mac OSX is by far superior and if that sounds snobbish or cultish it's your problem. You don't have to join a cult to realize there's something on the market that puts Windows in the dark ages.
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I only need one, UNIX. I have been working with UNIX for years. It is more stable and easier to recover.
You can, but it’s clunky. There’s a default back to 2003 compatibility also. It’s just a little annoyance. You get warnings that some of the features won’t work every time you save, and it’s another string of popup menus you have to click through to get your work done.
Having said all that, the author lost all credibility with me with his statement:
A Mac costs about the same as a comparable Windows PC
That, is a lie. In fact just last week, I'm not a gamer, but I priced out a the most loaded out gamer-type equipped Inspiron machine available at Dell.com. It has a Quad core processor, the fastest they offer, 4 gig of 800 mHz Ram, and every option offered. With the current $300 rebate (they are always running various of these rebates), the machine, an upgraded multimedia keyboard and upgraded optical mouse came to about $900 with free shipping. I just bought a gorgeous new Sammy 24" monitor for $400. So I could be in a maxed out machine with 24" monitor (still available with XP, I might add), for about $1300. There is no comparable maxed out Apple desktop for anywhere near that price. You have to spend twice that or close to it for a comparable Apple desktop. The author is either stoopid or a liar.
And what is this, a typo, or?
And given my severe disappointment with just about everything in Mac Office 2008, Im even further driven away from Microsofts desktop software.
He's severely disappointed with Mac Office 08, and that drives him away from M-soft? Sorry, but I don't get what he's saying here.
And one more thing -- I hate that all the Apple machines seem to be white, with the exception of one Apple laptop I saw available in black (but with about a $300 premium for the black over the white). I don't care for white computers. They would show dirt and smudges, and to me, it's a cheap look compared to black. I would never buy one -- just a personal preference. Why aren't they available in black?
If Apple would bring all their prices down, and offer desktops in black, and laptops without a premium over white in black, I would probably make the switch. Otherwise, no thanx.
/End rant. Flame away, apple fanboys. The price thing is factual.
I’ve joined the “cult”. My I-mac will be delievred next week.
It’s going to drive the Liberals nuts that Conservatives are starting to use MACs more and more by the day. It will be like them moving to red states and messing with the politics in those states to make them look like the socialist meccas they left.
2. Not a cult...
Please keep on thinking that way.
Running Macs gives our small business a serious competitive advantage. I want to keep it.
Apple releases its products with a longer cycle than other OEMs, thus the value will be extremely high on release and go down towards the next release. Thus,
I code C# for .NET in an XP virtual machine on my iMac. When I get the time maybe I'll learn Objective C and the Cocoa API and make my apps cross-platform.
BTW, try to wean yourself from VB to C#, you'll be a lot happier and more productive.
This is so true.
When I was in the "looking" phase, I stopped in to BestBuy to get a feel for what retail prices and offerings were like. What a crappy line of desktop PCs they have. (Why are they called 'Desktop PCs' if everybody puts the box under the desk? But I digress)
What kept me in bestBuy for laonger than was comfortable was Vista. What magnificent Eye Candy! I was like a moth to a flame. I wanted it. It was soooo beauuutiful.....
But then I came to my senses and had to tear myself away....
"Must...turn...away...from the....monitor. Focus on...the wireless...router display....UNNNGH!"
And I was free....headed for the door.
It really is a great looking OS but...well, you know the rest. I will never own Vista. I may have to support it for my job (G-d willing) but I will never own a license for it.
It's XP for me for now.
Since Intel Macs run Windows and its apps so well, I will likely make the switch when my wife and I retire and need to have a good system to be mobile with as we plan on travelling a fair amount. For these days, I'll go for the desktop beef. It's what's for dinner.
Thanks for that link. Hadn’t seen it before and have been burned several times in the past with Mac updates.
Except maybe for the fact that it's not even on the market yet. And as far as ultra-portables go, it'll be relatively much thicker, it'll still be flimsy plastic, and it'll only be available at a very high price point due to SSD as the only storage option.
Metal weighs more, but it's the reason for the incredibly solid feel that reviewers have been fawning over. Oh, and you can actually buy a MacBook Air right now.
“Are you high? The new X300 Thinkpad smokes the MacBook Air in ever category. Fanboys are funny.”
I fix laptops and smoke is a bad sign.
That's why the 360 being a piece of junk really surprised me. Microsoft is known to blow it on the software, but until that the hardware has always been very good quality, and even innovative like with the first ergonomic mouse.
Nice! I love the way he compares an operating system that's been out for some time against a brand new operating system. Hey Miss article writer, care to compare OS X to, say, Windows XP? Nah, that would be an equal comparison.
And it'll shorten battery life.
X300 is lighter! 2.5 lbs vs 3.0 lbs
True, metal weighs more.
X300 has better screen resolution.
I consider that a disadvantage. LCD displays look good only in their native resolution, and when readability suffers when that resolution is too high, making screen elements too small. Dell laptops are notorious for this.
You can add memory to the X300, not to the MBA.
True, and it goes to 4 GB, which is the sweet spot for Vista. The MBA comes with 2 GB, the sweet spot for OS X.
You can swap out the battery, not on an MBA.
True, also a function of size, and the lighter weight will include not having your optical drive or extra battery installed.
X300 has all the usual ports, then MBA does not.
It's much smaller than an X300, no room to put those ports.
X300s battery life is longer than the MBAs.
It isn't even out yet, so that has not been confirmed. Do not expect more battery time with that faster processor compared to an SSD MBA, which does hit five hours.
The usual cultist chant is that Apple only competes in the high end. Very cute but.....
I have posted I bought a perfectly good Compaq Intel dual core laptop computer for $349 last Christmas. It does what I need it to do. It is quite modular with easy to replace DVD writer, removable hard drive and upgradeable memory.
15.4" wide screen. My guess is I would have to pay at least $1000 to get an Apple laptop with 15.4"screen
In fact---->>> http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore has laptops starting at $1099 with a pathetic 13" screen. Lame boring laughable
(I assemble/build my own Windows desktop computers)
Vista is really just an update to Windows Server 2003, which is based on Windows 2000 with some features pulled from Windows XP.
OS X has been out since 2001 (1999 if you count the first OS X Server, but then you should count NT for Vista). It's had five updates since then.
It is a fair comparison since both are of relatively equal age.
I am thinking of building my own Windows XP machine -- would be my first. Are there any websites you could recommend with current information and recommendations for building your own computer? I found such a website or two, but they are several years outdated, so the information is basically useless.
The professional Macs come in aircraft grade aluminum. And the black MacBook is 200 dollars more with a bigger hard drive, so while there is a small tax for the color you also get actual improvements.
To me there are no better looking computers than Mac Pros and MacBook Pros.
I wish I had the option to turn this off. On my MBP, when I close the lid to relocate within the house, it severs all connections. That's a hassle. My Dell work machine just turns off the screen, or whatever I tell it to do when I shut the lid.
Thing is, what’s pushing me towards the MBP is build quality. I like the aluminum case, and especially like the metal keyboard. (My current Inspiron 6000 has a shoddy plastic keyboard, and the lettering on half the keys has worn off because they were decals.) I’m quite wary of the standard MacBook for those reasons, even though I know it’s a solid machine.
I suppose I’ll hold off until both products receive updates, then go from there.
To build your own this is very helpful----->> http://forums.slickdeals.net/showthread.php?sduid=250918&t=553826&highlight=build
I have built with and can recommend this motherboard with DVI output to connect an LCD to it so no need for a video card --->>> http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138074 I can tell you what components to buy to go with it. Newegg is good place to buy them
Good PC building guide ---->>> http://www.buildyourown.org.uk/pc-building/
After PC is assembled you install XP onto it. Cheapest XP pro is an academic edition
After XP you then load motherboard drivers which will be on disk that came with motherboard
“That’s why the 360 being a piece of junk really surprised me.”
They rushed the 360 to market to beat the Playstation 3, so I’m not surprised. And I just find it hilarious that that 360’s processor is from the PowerPC family :P
Thanx for all the links and the tips. Those are useful sites that I hadn’t found before. I appreciate it! I already have two flat panel monitors, and I run a dual monitor set-up, so when I build or buy a new machine, I will be putting a dual DVI video card in it.
DVI is the way to go. Dual is more better. Here is a good motherboard I’m using http://clubit.com/product_detail.cfm?itemno=CA4830813 that you can put an e8200 Intel processor into. E8200 has 6mb cache which is tremendous. Some say it is better than quad core
No on board video on above motherboard so you can put in your dual DVI card
And what is this, a typo, or?And given my severe disappointment with just about everything in Mac Office 2008, Im even further driven away from Microsofts desktop software.He's severely disappointed with Mac Office 08, and that drives him away from M-soft? Sorry, but I don't get what he's saying here.
M-Soft... as you put it... is the creator and publisher of Mac Office 2008... that's what he's saying here.
Having said all that, the author lost all credibility with me with his statement:A Mac costs about the same as a comparable Windows PCThat, is a lie...
No, webschooner, it isn't a lie. It's the truth and it has been tested many times in the past three or so years. You build a name brand PC to match the components (not just something "similar") of a Mac and the Mac will be either about the same or less expensive than the PC. I've done it, pundits have done it. Even Windows pundits have done it and admitted it. Apple simply does not compete in the bargain basement... they don't sell a cut-rate Mac.
Consider the all-in-one iMac with a 20" 1680 x 1050 screen and Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz processor for $1199.
I won't even get into comparing the high end Mac Pros with the PC offerings... differences there have run up to $1300 MORE expensive than comparable MacPro for matching Dell and HP offerings. One major PC website, Arstechnica, reported last spring they could not even buy the parts to build a PC to match a Mac Pro's specs for what Apple was retailing it for... using discount websites, they had already surpassed the retail price of a complete MacPro before they had purchased a power supply, case and operating system.
I have a MBP with the metallic keyboard. The back lit keys are a whole lot more of a help that I anticipated. Being able to scroll down a page by dragging two fingers on the touchpad is also incredibly cool.
Newegg is a great resource for computer components. You can look up a motherboard or video card you like and read the reviews. For your first computer build look for a motherboard with a lot of positive recommendations. The processor reviews are also helpful. You can buy elsewhere but NewEgg helps you find out what is good quality
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The 'price thing' is antecdotal.
I bought a black macbook, 2+ghz core 2, 2 gig ram, 140+ gig hd. Add all the goodies like software (the iLife sweet(sic)), and Dell can't touch it.
When you go low-end PC system and dont care that it can't expand like a Mac Pro - you are right, apple has nothing at that price point. Trying to price out the system you described, I found mac at more like 3x than 2x the price. The Pro didn't even have a processor as slow as the 'fastest they offer' Dell Inspiron...
Oh sorry, I must’ve missed all those ads for a WS2003 update. No, I’m pretty sure this was advertised as a new OS.
Then we will agree to disagree sir. I say it is a lie. I guess it depends, as always, on where you shop. I don’t shop Gateways or Sony Vaios (a very overpriced brand). I have bought Dells for years and I just cited the basic specs on one in my previous post, with a Quad Core processor, 4 gig of 800 Mhz Ram, 500 gig HD, Media Card reader, top end video card, etc. etc, loaded up, for less than $900, delivered to my door. I add my 24” Sammy monitor for $400 (I don’t buy packaged systems — I buy my monitor separately), and the total with free ship is less than $1300. There is no comparably equipped Apple machine with a 24” monitor for anywhere near that money. If there were, I might buy it.
I would have changed years ago if i could have afforded it graphics programs and music auditors POP in mac !
I don’t hate many things when it comes to computing but i HATE vista.
I did not mention low-end PC's. I compare prices regularly and a comparable Mac costs way more than a PC, at least where I shop. Maybe you are pricing PC's at expensive outlets. At any rate, we will agree to disagree.
And the author making stupid arse statements like “there is NO software” and implying that people interpret this literally just goes to show that this guy is just another smug todd looking to be part of a cult. I guess that means we’re screwed and ultimately stuck with Vista.
Dont need 50. Windows works for me just fine. I'm not a moron that opens random emails or goes to eastern european horse porn sites so I don't need a smug, superior religion I just need a computer.
However, if buying a mac would grant me one punch in the stomach to the guy who came up with those idiotic commercials, I'd buy 20.
I was comparing Dell to Apple. Just had to go back to Dell and make sure.
I have a simple macbook, 13.3 screen. Comparable Dell costs more (xps 1330) - about 30% more... The dell also had a slightly slower processor than mine, slightly larger hard drive. And no iLife sweet...
When I compare iMacs to similar Dells, I see the same thing. But I always start with the mac, because they don't have as many options...they just dont...and it is hard to line up the options.
You can certainly build a PC cheaper. But when the one you build compares to a mac, the mac price is quite comparable...if not cheaper...
Specs:You are not comparing equivalent machines at all...
- Intel Pentium Dual-Core Processor E2160 (1.80GHz, 1MB L2 Cache
- Genuine Windows XP Home Edition
- Dell 22 inch Widescreen E228WFP Analog Flat Panel Display
- Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz - 2DIMMs
- Single Drive: 16X (DVD+/-RW) Burner Drive
- 160GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
- Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3100
- Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
- 1 Year Basic Limited Warranty and 1 Year NBD On-Site Service
- 10GB for 1 Year Online Data Backup by Dell DataSafe
Write back when you do a real equivalent comparison.
Heck, if must run windows, then Parallels runs okay. I even purchased a recent version of WinXP for my iMac laptop (just in case).
Pages in iWorks is nifty for word processing and mixing in graphics.
.... just a word of encouragement, since I have two windows boxes and three macs.
The example I gave was a Dell desktop, and desktops was mainly what my post was about, but I can address your example.
The 13.3" Dell is a not very popular and thus is an over-priced model. And 13.3" is not a popular size of laptop in general, so 13.3" PC laptop models by any manufacturer are rather pricey. If instead you compare the commonly sold screen-size models in laptop PC's, which are 15.4" first, and 14.1" second, then you will find that you can get a PC laptop much cheaper than an Apple laptop in commonly sold size of comparable specs.
Here is a desktop configuration of a Dell Inspiron I just configured at Dell.com:
Intel Core 2 Quad Processor Q6600 (8MB L2 cache,2.4GHz,1066FSB)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows® XP Home Edition - English
MONITOR No Monitor
MEMORY 4GB Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz- 4DIMMs
HARD DRIVE 500GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (7200RPM) w/DataBurst Cache
OPTICAL DRIVE 16x DVD+/-RW Drive
VIDEO CARD Radeon ATI HD 2600 XT 256MB
SOUND Integrated 7.1 Channel Audio
KEYBOARD & MOUSE Dell USB Multimedia Keyboard and Dell Optical USB Mouse
FLOPPY & MEDIA READER Dell 19 in 1 Media Card Reader
MODEM & WIRELESS 56K PCI Data Fax Modem
OPTIONAL PORTS IEEE 1394a Adapter
Cost after $300 coupon code is $864 with Free Shipping
Add my new Sammy 24" monitor for $400 for a Grand Total of $1264.
From Apple website, just now:
2.8 gHz Quad Core Intel
500GB Hard Drive, 7200 rpm
23" Flat Panel Display
Total Cost: $3798.00
The specs on these two machines are pretty close. The apple has a faster processor, 2.8 vs 2.4 for the Dell. But the Dell I priced out with a gorgeous Samsung 24" monitor, vs a 23" Apple monitor. The hard drives, ram, and video cards are identical in my examples.
The cost of the Apple desktop is exactly 3 times as much as the cost of the virtually comparable spec Dell desktop. So even if you want to pooh-pooh the larger monitor in my Dell, and toot the faster processsor in the Apple, it does cost 3 times as much. If the Apple is worth that much more to you, I have no problem with that, but the fact is, the comparably-equipped PC is, in fact, way way way less money. So much so, you could buy 3 of the Dells above for the same money as one of the MacPro's. And if you run dual monitors, like I do, you apparently have to buy Apple's proprietary over-priced displays, which I see are 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 times the cost of a comparable size flat panel monitor for a PC. Apple may in fact, have a nice desktop product, but it's way way out of range of what I am willing to spend.
I rest my case.
I remember trying to work with a Mac once. It took less than ten minutes of use to get me to the point of a strong desire to chuck it out the window.
First off, you could run the monitor from dell off the laptop, instead of the Apple display; and you could run the apple monitor off your dell, so that part of your comparision is in error.
You can run any monitor you want, though Apple’s are very highly rated and a good bargain for the quality.
As for the monitor on the laptop itself, there are are a large portion of the laptop cost, I don’t know how you could compare dells to apples.
Second as you note, the processor speeds are different.
Third is bundled software.
Not sure what the dell wireless comparision with the airport card is; dunno what the difference in interface connections are.
I would also imagine the case difference is considerable.
Is the XP home edition 64 bit and networking and otherwise comparable to the OS shipping with the Mac?
Someone else can perhaps compare the audio and video cards.
You have no case. You really don't know what you are talking about. You are comparing a home/home office computer setup, the Inspirion, against a professional WORKSTATION class machine. There is no comparison. The base Dell you should be starting with to do a proper like to like comparison is the Dell PrecisionTM Workstation. Let's see what you put together and compare against the base Mac Pro: