6 months ago I “switched” to using an Apple macintosh as my main computer.
I am still more than happy by my little iBook, and I am still amazed at how powerful it is compared to my P4 desktop that it superseded.
Since the move I have faced no end of criticism from fellow ‘geeks’ show refer to it as “An OS for hairdressers”
Let me attack some of the common myths about the Mac
1) A Mac can not open windows word documents
Yes it can. In fact many people prefer to use the Mac version of MS office because it produces smaller files, is more advanced than the PC version, and has built in dictation and note-taking.
Mac OS X also ships with an application called TextEdit that can edit simple MS Word documents.
2) A Mac can not work on a windows network.
yes it can. Out-of-the-box. Although some releases, notably 10.3.2, have had issues with Networking these were patched pretty darn quickly. Opening a windows shared drive is as easy as hitting “command-k” and selecting it from the drop down list.
3) A Mac can not play “games”
It can. And they look pretty cool as well. Macs ship with decent video cards. But as it only has 3 percent of the market share only the major games get ‘ported’.
4) A Mac is a ‘lame-ass’ OS and not for 1337 h4x0r5!
Out of the box Mac OS is an ‘industrial grade’ BSD Unix based operating system. [It is based on a version of FreeBSD]. Not to stop there, you can download GNU ports [using fink, or darwinports] and have all your favourite hacker utils. Such as tcpdump.
5) A Mac is a ‘lame-ass’ OS for Developers!
nope. Apart from being a secure BSD based Unix, which means built in support for CVS, the shipped version of Mac OS X comes with an optional developer pack. Adding this pack and you OS will include; Java 1.4.2 SDK, JBoss, python, perl, XFree, and lots more besides.
And what’s more you can install a lot of your favourite open source apps like Eclipse and OpenOffice.
6) Macs are so slow. The fastest laptop is only a meagre 1.5 Ghz!
Um. No geek would say this. But the average Jo might. The fact is you are comparing apples with grapes. Mac’s are based on the RISC Power PC architecture, whereas PC’s are based on the LISC Intel architecture. The famous Hz is the internal clock cycle and does not indicate the power of a machine.
A good rule of thumb is to multiply the G4 Hz by 2 to get an approximate Pentium 4 Hz.
So a 1.5 G4 is equivalent to a 3.0 GHz Pentium 4 (approx.).
But as the architectures are so different results will vary. My old Wintel box is a 1.6 Ghz Pentium 4, my iBook is an 800 Mhz G4. They should be equivalent. But my laptop seems to have the performance edge.
All in all, after 6 moths of use, I am still content with my little 12 inch iBook and would heartily recommend an Apple to anyone that wants a powerful, stable and robust computer that also looks damn good.