Macs are the perfect machine - since the switch to Intel. They are the only
machines (if you follow the EULA) that can run any / all the major end user
operating systems. Mac OS X is the best operating system ever offered to
the public. Windows has tons of software that no other OS can run, and the
familiarity and nearly universally available tech support that people are
used to. And slap any flavor of desktop Linux on there you want.
Thanks to Bootcamp, Parallels Desktop, and VMWare Fusion, (and SheepShaver,
of course!) - an Intel Mac is like having 3 computers in one, (if not more).
Not only that - (what I call the "Best of all possible worlds" approach) -
but they are beautiful machines. There design is unmatched. They have
everything you need as soon as you open the box, built-in WiFi, BlueTooth,
WebCam, IR, FireWire.... Plus iWork and iLife are not available anywhere
else, and - as a designer - I can tell you they are much more enjoyable to
use than anything on the market today - and I have the uber-expensive Adobe
Creative Suite Design Premium and Microsoft Office 2008 - and I end up using
Pages far more than InDesign or Word, and Keynote far more than PowerPoint.
Adobe Software seems (and that, I admit, is a subjective statement) to work
better on a Mac. And even MS Office 2008 (for Mac) is better than MS Office
2007 (for Windows) IMHO.
Add to that the "Halo Effect" from iPods and the iPhone - the expert
marketing campaigns - high schoolers who grew up with iPods now entering
college and needing laptops - the Apple Store - the top notch AppleCare
service and support - being seen everywhere on TV, Movies, and even
commericals for Windows software (FinallyFast.com has a horrribly faked
commerical where they paste images of a low-res screenshot of what I'm
guessing in Windows XP onto older iMacs and even an iBook (which can't run
Windows - without VirtualPC) and I'm sure it's not the only one).... All of
it on top of the Vista disaster... I'm surprised Mac's aren't selling
better than they are, and once the global economy turns around, I'm sure
they will be. That, and/or when Apple comes out with a computer than costs
less than $400 - maybe a MacBook Nano (netbook)?
Hey, a guy can dream, can't he?
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