What's Driving Mac vs. PC Purchasing Today?

narseman

Active member
Macs have their uses. You need something to hold the door open on a sunny day. Or to keep the boat still.. :) Win 10.. I hear many saying how great it is.. till the next push update which you can't control.. Same with macs.. Why I never liked them. Best OS ever.. for flexibility and playing around, was Win98. Memory was a problem.. still. Win 7 next best thing, with "Classic StartMenu" installed... after the initial updates and patches.. Turn off all updating, keep your AV up to date and sit behind a firewall. Have not updated in over 4 years on my current (self built) build. NO PROBLEMS. Same with previous builds. Meantime, my associates Dell pc's and macs have had quite a few problems. Of course, I don't go to questionable sites or open random email links either..
 

narseman

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I just like the "feel" and the look on Mac, the track pad is smooth, just "feels" better. I want to throw the mouse on the pc that is in my office. But I'm old and set in my ways so the day they say no more Mac, I'm going home.
You do know, don't you.. That "mice" come in a vast assortment of shapes, styles, sizes, colors and functionality.. even track pads.. You could spend 20-30 minutes at a computer store and choose a new one that suits you better. Then take the old one out back and let it run free..
 

truehue

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Our Prepress dept. is all Mac. We used to have a single PC "just in case", but nobody ever used it. It's long gone now. The servers for print and digital are PC. Concerning design software, I believe Mac and PC are mostly even as far as usability and function. I think anyone could learn to use either one. I've used both (Mac at work and PC at home). Definitely prefer the Mac for design work.
 

OffsetStorefront

Well-known member
Macs have their uses. You need something to hold the door open on a sunny day. Or to keep the boat still.. :) Win 10.. I hear many saying how great it is.. till the next push update which you can't control.. Same with macs.. Why I never liked them. Best OS ever.. for flexibility and playing around, was Win98. Memory was a problem.. still. Win 7 next best thing, with "Classic StartMenu" installed... after the initial updates and patches.. Turn off all updating, keep your AV up to date and sit behind a firewall. Have not updated in over 4 years on my current (self built) build. NO PROBLEMS. Same with previous builds. Meantime, my associates Dell pc's and macs have had quite a few problems. Of course, I don't go to questionable sites or open random email links either..
Won't argue your OS preferences, but not running updates for 4 years leaves your machine incredibly vulnerable to malware. A firewall won't save you if you or someone on your network clicks on a malicious email attachment or link, or God-forbid you're targeted by a human who drops it in on a USB drive full of "art". Many viruses have automated mechanisms to jump from one computer to another on the same network once they're in (aka behind the firewall already) and I know of at least one well-known and well-implemented exploit ("Eternal Blue") that will crack open your Win7 system like an egg if given the chance without the proper update installed. The well-documented WannaCry ransomware virus ran rampant in 2017 on unpatched machines like yours (EternalBlue - Wikipedia) despite the availability of a free patch to stop it.
 

PricelineNegotiator

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Won't argue your OS preferences, but not running updates for 4 years leaves your machine incredibly vulnerable to malware. A firewall won't save you if you or someone on your network clicks on a malicious email attachment or link, or God-forbid you're targeted by a human who drops it in on a USB drive full of "art". Many viruses have automated mechanisms to jump from one computer to another on the same network once they're in (aka behind the firewall already) and I know of at least one well-known and well-implemented exploit ("Eternal Blue") that will crack open your Win7 system like an egg if given the chance without the proper update installed. The well-documented WannaCry ransomware virus ran rampant in 2017 on unpatched machines like yours (EternalBlue - Wikipedia) despite the availability of a free patch to stop it.
Totally true. The best viruses and malware are the ones you don't even notice your computer is infected with. Very ignorant what you are doing Narseman.

Also, there are tons of mice that aren't $10 pieces of crap. Razer mice can be nice if you turn off the RGB lights.
 

Sam H

New member
Different companies work differently. One place I worked we had all PC's apart from 1 Mac, another place it's all Mac and PC's for imposition software. If you work in a combined house you switch between them, hardly noticing the difference. From an economy point of view, The latest Windows 10 machine will still quite happily use a fair bit of very old software, not so on the Mac. Machine wise, if anything small breaks, or you need more of it, it's a doddle and inifinately cheaper doing that on a PC than e.g. on an iMac unless you are very brave.
It's quite delicously entertaining when you have a designer who soo loves his Mac and an IT guy who equally is soo in love with PC and just suggest which is better, then observe :)
When it comes to fonts, generally windows fonts will run on a Mac but not necessarily the other way around. If you need and want a choice, run Parallels as it makes a Windows Program look and feel as though it was Mac native. I gather that it uses memory better than on a PC as well.
e.g. Microsoft Office for Mac is mostly ok, but happier and cheaper for Windows. I have experienced Microsoft Office Mac, being installed on two identical machines, yet Excel worked in one, yet not in the other, causing corruption and Publisher in which some clients might wish to supply artwork, is Windows only.
In a non printing context, showing Powerpoint, I have experienced where it didn't work in the Mac version, there was no problem using Libre Office on the Mac and it'll show any flavour of powerpoint.
Thankfully it is a long time ago when PC and Mac wouldn't read each other's portable media without adding file header and file conversion
 

agmfan3

Well-known member
You do know, don't you.. That "mice" come in a vast assortment of shapes, styles, sizes, colors and functionality.. even track pads.. You could spend 20-30 minutes at a computer store and choose a new one that suits you better. Then take the old one out back and let it run free..
I don't use a mouse, I have a track pad.
 

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