Originally Posted by Swift
1. Where are these viruses? I think taking the "virus-free" thing off the site was a marketing decision, but I'm still waiting for those viruses.
2. Sure, Macs crash. My log tells me I crashed twice in 2006, once even in 2007. Sometimes I get a Finder crash: you see a blue screen, then everything restarts. I think it's been twice this year. The other crashes are apps. The quit, and then you restart them. Very seldom.
3. Vista more secure? Hah. I guess it has to be, with the billions of malware vectors shredding it every day.
4. Mobile Me's been working for me since about two weeks on. The team was fired, and the guy behind iTunes now runs it. It's been getting slicker and slicker.
5. iPhone signal? You could fool me. Heard of firmware update 2.1? Now, if you want a cumbersome, crash-prone system, get Windows Mobile.
So you've memorized a number of half-truths that aren't true now.
1. True, Mac seems to be virus free... for now; but it seems to be more because of no one creating them on Mac, than because Mac is so safe by default (check 3.). It makes perfect sense for me - people are, in general, not purchasing Mac for programming, and no home-brew programmers mean no home-brew viruses and other crap.
2. What you just explained is how PC works as well. Currently I have 1 Vista desktop, 2 Vista notebooks, 3 XP desktops and 1 XP notebook in my house. All perfectly stable. Sure, odd application will crash now and them (home-brew file converters, DVD-rippers and other freeware) but systems are stable - even my 6 years old Toshiba Satellite 1000. I didn't have hardware failure in 8 years (except for one dead mouse)... We moved our office computers to Vista as it integrates better with Windows 2008 server; non of them too new (mostly P4 platforms) and all of them working sweet as with Vista. Yet I keep hearing here how Windows platforms are stable as drunken monk, and Vista will not work on anything short of SkyNet-grade hardware. C'mon, people - get real.
3. Google is beautiful thing, isn't it?:http://www.macworld.com/article/5761...4/daizovi.html
You can find quite a number of articles like that one. Honestly that makes sense to me - Microsoft has by far biggest experience with viruses and stakes are highest, considering that corporate world exists on Windows platforms... so they have know-how. True for ordinary folks Mac is safest as number of nasties is still almost non-existent, but Mac is safe not because it is safe by design, only because everyone is behaving; what will happen once some kids stop behaving..?
At the end of the day, I like Mac. I almost got previous-gen 13" MacBook for my personal notebook. It was not more expensive than 13" Windows notebooks, had better battery life (than others I was considering) and design was nice. I was not planing to game on notebook, and couple of other things I can't do on Mac I was not planning to do on notebook anyway. I ended up with 15" HP notebook as I finally decided I want even more battery life, but one of the things that helped me to decide was simple fact that I was annoyed with "Get a Mac" adds. True they are mostly funny, but some of them are so smug and some are literally insulting; I still have working digital camera, Canon PowerShot A40, that came with none (or very limited support) for Mac. sure, it's old camera, but not THAT old. On the other side, I've never-ever seen camera with Mac support only. Does Apple ad with new Japanese camera annoys me? You bet. Lies publicly spoken, even if they try to be funny, always annoy me.