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I've had my Mac mini for a couple of weeks now, I confess I like it. The Mac mini works well, it's cheap (for a Mac), and pretty fast. I got it to do iPhone development and it's perfect for that.

However, I don't like it more than my PC.

Honestly, I don't understand why ppl care enough to argue. It occurred to me recently that other than gaming or development, 99.9% of what I do is on the web anyway, so I don't really care. I know some people do have some specific needs/purposes that require one or other, of course, but seems to me that most people don't have that need. As such, I can't understand how most people can really dislike one or the other.

Some random thoughts on the Mac:

1) I think it it is way too expensive for what you get. I can get a comparably performing PC for way less.

2) I don't understand the big deal with regards to the low hardware requirements for Mac OS. Given that the machine is more expensive for the same performance, doesn't it seem silly to care that OS X takes less system? I mean, ok, XP, Vista, or Win7 requires more resources to it..however, I can get machine that runs them all pretty well for a fraction of the price of the Mac.

3) Apple is every bit the evil empire that MS is, only with a better marketing campaign. I remember a big deal being made b/c Windows Vista starting being pretty tight on security, or at least that was the perception (remember the commercial about the Mac and PC where the PC guy was having to get permission for everything). Yet, on my Mac, I have to give permission for it install anything. Every time. I don't mind, of course, but my point is why make an issue about the PC requiring permission when the Mac does also??? There is much more to my point about Apple being the evil empire but I'll save that for another blog.

4) My netbook is actually a darn good machine. For web-based performance, it's every bit as good as the standard Macbook or the mini (strictly in my opinion) and it was waaaay cheaper.

So, there's my initial thoughts on the mac vs. pc argument. Perhaps I'll have a different view once I've used the Mac a bit more, but so far, I just don't see the need to fight.

Posted on Saturday, August 8, 2009 6:56 PM | Back to top

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