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(I have, I am)

To many of you who know me (once again, all one of my readers), you know that I’ve been pretty vocal in the past about my love of the Mac over the PC. Thus it might come as a shock when I tell you that my current Mac will most likely be the last one I purchase.

Whew! There, now that we have THAT out of the way, let’s really address why I’ve come to this conclusion.

BTW- This is NOT a “bash the mac” style post. If anyone stumbles across this blog what you will not find here is an indictment of the Macintosh computer or Apple in general. Or, at least, that’s the plan. What you will find is, I hope, a well reasoned argument on why the Mac is no longer right for THIS user.

First, let’s address why I chose the Mac vs the PC in the first place:

  1. Ease of Use – The Mac, by far, is one of the most easy computers you will ever use. Ever. Every piece of software that Apple puts in OS X is well thought out, flows well with each other, has a similar theme, etc. The old slogan that Apple had was “It just works”. It does JUST work.
  2. Viruses – They aren’t out the on the Mac. OK, Ok, I know there are a couple that have recently popped up on the internet. These are few and far between, and relativity easy to remove. Also, they only get installed because the user agrees (unknowingly) to install them. When I worked at Geek Squad I treated them as minor annoyances, rather than the possible decimator of data on their PC counterparts.
  3. Cool – Let’s face it. The Mac IS cool. It’s a status symbol. Go onto any coffee shop, college, library, etc and you will almost be assured to find at least one PC laptop with an Apple sticker on it.
  4. Stability – Uptime on a PC can usually be measured in hours, maybe days. Mac’s measure their uptime in weeks and months. OS X (the operating system that makes a Mac a Mac) is a very well thought out operating system.

So, with all that it has going for it, why would anyone want to switch back to a PC?

  1. Games – Let’s get the big one out of the way. Mac has made great strides over the last few years to bring more games to it, but BY FAR more games are out there for PC’s.
  2. Hardware – The Mac OS might be great, but the hardware frankly sucks. If you buy a top of the line Mac today, the hardware in it is usually at least 2-3 years behind the curve of it’s PC counterparts.
  3. Upgradeability – Going hand-in-hand with hardware, upgrading a Mac is usually very difficult. To replace the Hard Drive consists of virtually tearing down the entire machine. When I upgraded my Mac Mini to a SSD (Solid State Drive) it entailed removing the entire motherboard and CD drive assembly. The only notable exception to this rule is RAM. Recently Apple has made upgrading memory to be on par with the difficulty of upgrading memory in a PC. For everything else? Replace CD drive? Must use the Apple branded one. Motherboard shot? MUST use an Apple one. The long-and-short of it is that when you buy an Apple product, you are locked into what they want you to have and use.
  4. Lack of Control – Apple says you can use the Mac how you want to. What they have left off is the “… but only if we say it’s ok first.” On an iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch have you ever wondered why you can’t use flash on them? Steve Jobs thinks flash is an insecure platform, so you aren’t allowed to use it on an iOS device that you own.
  5. Price – My god, Mac’s are expensive! Remember the example above about them being cool? I told you that you could find a PC laptop with an Apple sticker on it? You see these “ghetto macs” because people WANT the mac, but can’t AFFORD the mac. It’s a common joke when you talk about taking apart a mac for repair or (limited) upgrade for someone to ask if you found the invisible gold brick that makes the mac so damned expensive.

So, I’m planning my return to the world of PC architecture. I want to play games. I want control of the system I paid for. I want to be able to use any hardware that I can afford.

But, I’m going to do without having to rely upon Micro$loth. ;)

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(or at least, as little as little as possible)