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Q: "Switching from a OC to a Mac (laptops)" ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: "Switching from a OC to a Mac (laptops)"
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: juddm-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 22 May 2006 13:27 PDT
Expires: 21 Jun 2006 13:27 PDT
Question ID: 731398
I would like to switch form a PC to a Mac (laptop).  What are the
benefits from switching?  What are the drawbacks?  Why would some one
want to swich?  Does switching makes sense based on what each company
is working on as far as future technological advances/emmergent
strategies?  What would you do?

Thank you.

Clarification of Question by juddm-ga on 22 May 2006 13:28 PDT
Sorry...I meant "PC" not "OC" in the Subject line.  My next question
is, why don't I proof read?

Request for Question Clarification by welte-ga on 28 May 2006 16:32 PDT
My initial response would be to switch without hesitation.  What do
you use your computer for now at work and at home?


Clarification of Question by juddm-ga on 10 Jun 2006 06:11 PDT
Thanks for replying.  I am an MBA student and I use it mainly for
that...unitl I graduate in a few months and then it is all about work
and home use.  I'm using the new office beta...and to be truthful, it
is much better.  I like the funcionality of it and all of
the integrated products.   I don't know much about the Tiger...or
Leopard software.  What would I gain and lose by switching.  For what
it is worth...I am a huge Google supporter...I use the calendar,
blogger, gmail (obviously) and anything else you put out...I'm trying
it.  "Switch w/o hestiation..." Aside from getting one more person to
jump from Microsoft's ship...why shouldn't I hesitate?  Thanks.

Request for Question Clarification by welte-ga on 14 Jun 2006 15:46 PDT
If you primarily use your computer for Office applications, then the
Mac will fully support what you're doing.  One of the biggest
drawbacks of switching to the Mac (at least at present) is that you
may lose the ability to run some PC only applications.  This is an
issue with MS Access database software, which is not included in the
Mac Office bundle.

Of course, on the new Intel-based Macs, you can simply install the
Boot Camp software and boot into Windows on the same machine if
there's something you need to run.  Another option is to run Virtual
PC, which is currently being revamped for the Intel Macs and will
likely run much faster than the current version, since the chips will
be the same.  There will likely be software in the near future that
allows users to run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side without

The major advantages to switching to the Mac, as I see it, are
increased stability (I currently run an 8 year old G4 desktop server
from my house that I haven't rebooted in over 2 months).  The only
time I've lost data on the Mac has been due to a catastrophic hard
drive failure.  I also have lots experience with Windows.  I never
imagined not rebooting every day (or more than once per day) or
dealing with daily crashes that corrupted my data and registry file. 
There's also the issue of viruses, worms, trojans, etc.  The Mac is,
at present, a much more secure environment.

Because the new Tiger (and Leopard) operating system is based on Unix,
lots of applications are being "ported" over from the decades-old Unix
software base.  Really the only reasons I can see to stick with a
Windows-based system would be initial cost of the hardware.  If you
include the value of the bundled software with the Mac the price
differences are relatively small.  The reduced frustration factor is
also not insignificant.


Clarification of Question by juddm-ga on 18 Jun 2006 19:22 PDT

Thanks again for getting back to me.  Thanks, I think you have
answered my question. With the recent availability of boot camp and
programs like virtual pc (Mosberg had a very good column on this in
last week's WSJ) I think I feel more secure about switching.  The
accessibility to windows based programs was my major worry...these
programs quell that.  I am going to wait until Lepoard comes out and
then make my switch.

Subject: Re: "Switching from a PC to a Mac (laptops)"
Answered By: welte-ga on 21 Jun 2006 08:13 PDT
Hi again,

Glad to hear you'll be going the Mac route.  I too was hesitant at
first and then worked in a Mac based lab and never looked back.

Here are some other useful sites for you that may help your transition:

Brief overview of Mac advantages (marketing):

Information about Apple's Boot Camp:

A good resource for issues involving Mac and Windows integration:

Parallels software - Allows you to run Windows programs without
rebooting.  Very exciting stuff:

Here's an article from CNet discussing the Parallels software:

Of course, as the CNet article states, Apple will likely come out with
it's own software with similar functionality.  Boot Camp is likely a
temporizing solution.

Here are some Business Week articles about the current version of OS X (Tiger):

Although obviously slanted, this site has some useful, in depth
information about the relative merits of the Mac platform over
Windows.  It's primarily aimed at teachers and school districts, but
makes some relevant points for business users as well:

eWeek had a good recent article comparing the upcoming (and much
delayed) Windows Vista with the current and upcoming versions of Mac
OS X:,1895,1842175,00.asp

News Factor had a brief article comparing Total Cost of Ownership
(TCO) between Mac and Windows platforms, showing that they are similar
overall.  Other sites and analyses have shown similar results, in
spite of the perception that Macs are more expensive:

Tech News World has an interesting comparison of the Mac vs. Windows
vs. Linux in their current interations:

Apple also offers discounts for students and faculty:

There's also an Apple page (brief) for business students:

Another great source in information are the Apple discussion forums:

Good luck with your purchase and endeavors in school.


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