Originally Posted by bloggerblog
What's really flawed is Microsoft's pricing. When OSX is compared with Windows, it's usually compared against the Ultimate version of Windows which costs $400 for the upgrade, and not the Home which is by far the most popular. The Home version is a feature crippled version with many pre-installed trial software which sometimes is impossible to un-install if you don't have the exact know how, one example of that is McAfee. Also the Home version does not include security features like the Professional or Ultimate.
I use both macs and PC's they both have strong and weak points. If you really want to compare os prices. Lets be realistic. Microsoft averages a new OS every 4 years for about $2-300. Apple comes out with a new OS every year for around $100.
So at the end of 4 years you would be $100 richer with a PC.
Also, a mac on less than a gig of ram is pretty useless. A PC will still be habitable at that low level.
OTOH, there is some truth to the relative security of Macs vs PCs.
You dont help your arguement any by inflating the price of ultimate by $80. First, most folks wont be using ultimate. Thats for geeks like me. A lot of people will do a cheap update at $1-200 a pop. Anyone that has bought a new PC in the last few months gets a free upgrade as well.
More to the point, Win 7 steals a lot from OS X (as did Vista).
And lots of computer dorks like me are playing with macs now because parallels, bootcamp, and VMware make it easy to have out cake... and our apple too.