Originally Posted by IT-GuySV
I Think it's a good product too... what i can't stand are Fanboys and Trolls... The companies... they ALL lie, M$, Apple, Intel, AMD and several others... just to make money... i think what bothers me most of Apple is buying also the egotistical attitude that Jobs has, what bothers me from Microsoft is not making better efforts to deliver a more polished product, Windows 7 is what Vista Should've been, in my opinion. Linux, is different, it's geek territory, and i love it, but as many Linux fans, there's an internal war happening there, and i have chosen my band... oops distro. Technical advances are not exclusive it's just they are called different across platforms... You got a very good point on the maintenance... well, but that's meat from another grill
I think we agree completely here, I've always said use the best tool for the job. Unfortunately, some people prefer to install screws with a hammer.
In addressing the real topic at hand, Advertising to the common consumer, you would likely have to agree that Linux really isn't the way to go for a lot of people out there. But the meat of the discussion is who is telling the most lies, because frankly both sides aren't telling the whole truth. I've been a Mac User since day one, before that I had an Apple IIc and a IIgs, before that, Commodore 64, I've had a NeXt, Sun Sparqstation, SGI O2 and Onyx. I've supported on large scale every version of MS-DOS and Windows out there. but I always come home to my Mac, It's just the horse I run with. It is much easier now than ever to own a Mac, because with the hardware and virtualization, I can do on it what I want. My Mac Pro has OSX and Windows XP, my iMac is running Windows 7 RC along with its native OS. I don't run much Linux, only because it simply does not meet my needs, I have lots of friends that run it though, because they hate Windows and do not want to spend the premium for the Mac. But they do agree with me often that there are limitations for them on some things mostly just available software, and by that I mean gaming.
The ads we see on TV just don't apply to us IT people, we all know all the little white lies both sides are telling, I personally can't stand a lot of the switchers whining about their Mac because they took the commercials at face value and did not bother to educate themselves on the basic operation of their computer. 99% of Mac issues I've seen come through the door is solved by showing them what they are doing wrong, the OS is stable and secure, I don't have dll issues preventing the system from shutting down properly and have not had to clear a buffer in the registry to allow their CD drive to function properly again. But those darn ads, they spread the false hope that you need not do any maintenance on the computer, and you don't have to know any more that how to turn it on. But are they entertaining, absolutely, this is why they hired actors.
The MS ads often leave me forgetting that they are even MS commercials, MS isn't touting their product, they are showing you how inexpensive HP's hardware is. I still don't believe the latest ad where the couple walks out of the store with ONLY a new laptop, and no other software, Anti-Virus, or even a surge protector. Most salesmen are good at selling at least a surge protector or laptop case with it. And MS seems to shy away from the fact that they also can run their OS on Apple's hardware. Almost every Mac we sell at the store I'm at gets sold with a copy of Windows, I've even done the install for them.