I am a big fan of the BBC, usually if the TV is on, it’s the BBC that is keeping me abreast of world events. One of my favorite programs on the BBC though is their show Click which features the latest and very best in technology. My interest was peaked this morning when they started the program off by introducing their feature story on how to fix your computer when something goes wrong.
The story covered a wide range of topics within the umbrella of tech-support for your computer, from combing online forums, including some tips on etiquette, as well as the emerging tech support services sector. I found this all pretty interesting, but to be honest almost all their advice was old hat. As a long time PC user I had gotten very used to troubleshooting issues with my PC and operating system. What I couldn’t help but notice was that in the Click feature, they focused exclusively on PC’s! In fact there is even one part of the story where a man who has had to hire someone from Geek Squad just to move some music over from iTunes on his PC to his new Mac. The man also mentions that he was so tired of fighting with his PC that it is what caused him to go out and buy a Mac… curious don’t you think?
The fact of the matter is that this man has just recently discovered what most creative professionals like ourselves have known for years. That Mac’s or Linux based machines are far superior to Windows based PC’s. Since the release of the iPod, the Mac has been gaining more and more traction in the computing marketplace, as Apple’s market share has slowly, but steadily increased over the past 5 years. This is in large part due to the simplicity of the Mac philosophy, making complex tasks easy through effective use of design and engineering principals. What’s really scary is that the latest release of Windows, Vista as it’s known, was supposed to be the best windows ever, and yet it has caused so much frustration with long time PC users that now more than ever users are returning to Windows XP or moving away from PC’s all together.
The sad truth is that I was once one of the huddled masses clinging to my PC, living day to day, simply hoping that nothing would go wrong. Since moving to a Mac platform, I have never been happier, and my productivity has never been higher. When I initially started using the Mac good ol’ Tiger was still the OS of choice, and as I got more and more used to the new platform I was amazed at how much easier, faster and more productive my life had become. With the introduction of Leopard even more features and ways to increase my productivity have come along. One of the big features that I love is the increased connectivity of Mail and iCal, this makes organizing my busy schedule a snap, and Spaces helps keep my desktop and my workflow simple and effcient. Overall I can’t imagine ever going back to a PC. Sure the PC’s may have the price point down, but to be honest if you add up all the time you spend troubleshooting, de-fragging and de-bugging your PC, the Mac pays for itself within no time at all!…
I’m not here just to rag on PC’s, I admit that I was once a loyal user, but what I have recognized is that the Mac works best for me. I also recognize that PC’s definitely have their advantages as well, I’m just left wondering what those advantages are? Any help here!?
Do you have any thoughts? Leave us a comment and spark some conversation about which platform you prefer!