I am certainly not a computer guru. Just to demonstrate that I’ll point out that I frequently refer to Sablotron as a sentient being. Anyway, in my experience Apple has been far superior to the PCs I’ve owned in the past. Up until about a year ago I owned PCs exclusively. I considered Mac’s to be some overly expensive parochial system not fit for use by ‘normal’ people.
But my PCs kept failing or breaking. I went through computer after computer. Mark is all too aware of how vexing my computer problem became. Someone may say that I was simply too ignorant to use these computers and that was the source of all my problems. That may actually be the case. I’m not very computer savvy, but I also don’t think I should have to have a degree in astro-physics to run a home computer.
Finally I went ahead and switched to Mac, specifically a PowerBook G4. The change was immediate and startling. For the first time I can remember everything just worked. I didn’t need to be a computer whiz to operate the machine and keep it free of all sorts of the problems that seem to plague PCs. I’ve now had this laptop for well over a year and I haven’t had a single problem. That is about 10 months longer than I ever made it with a PC.
I have since made the move to using Apple products almost exclusively. From web cameras to monitors, all the Apple gear is compatible and generally flawless. I can only assume that my experience is not aberrant. If this is the case I cannot see how Microsoft will not lose more of their market share. If these new processors bring down the cost of Apple computers I think Apple will make serious inroads. Their product is better.
If Apple can break the deathgrip that Microsoft has on many large corporations and government entities, their chances are good indeed. Apple does, however, need to make some improvements in the world of gaming. When I switched to the PowerBook I accepted that many sweet games, like Medieval Total War, would no longer be available to me. I’m ok with that, but many people see games as a major reason to own a computer in the first place.
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