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Thread: PC or Mac?

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    Which do you prefer? Have you used both and why do you chose one over the other?

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    I find it hard to find as many programs and games and such for use on Mac's in my area.

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    I think pc's are cheaper and it seems more folks have pc's. More people to answer questions if you get stuck.

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    I have and use both but my computer of choice is the Mac, hands down.

    First, I do not have to worry about all the cables to connect a monitor, speakers, etc, as it is all one unit. I don't have to worry about having access to the CPU, again, it is all one unit - there is no bulky CPU.

    I haven't had an issue with finding software. In fact, I can find pretty much identical or the exact same software for my Mac that I have on my PC, with only one or two exceptions. I use mine for word processing, internet, digital photography, making and editing videos, making DVD's, CD's, listening to music, watching TV shows and movies, photo editing, gaming, and the list goes on. I love it! In fact, our family has become a mostly Mac family, although we still have PC's. I bought my iMac about 3 years ago and it is still relevant and still going strong, whereas I burn through PC's in about 12-18 months. (Meaning, the PC is no longer able to support my needs and I buy top of the line PC's.) I am a very heavy user.

    That being said, you will spend more money on a Mac. In my opinion, it is well worth it. You may need to replace your software, such as Microsoft Office. You may need to re-learn how to perform some functions, but it is pretty simple to switch. Even my 60-something year old parents were able to switch easily. You may want to upgrade to a wireless keyboard and mouse. These are not cheap.

    Did I mention that you don't have the computer virus issues with Macs? And, there are many great online forums (including on Apple.com!) where you can go for help if you should need it. And, all of their applications are set up to run with the same basic commands, so you only have to learn the basics once.

    My next computer will be another iMac. But, if this is the route you choose, be prepared to pay for it. And, invest in Apple Care, it is well worth the cost.

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    Son's Mac wins every time

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    The only reason I don't have a Mac is b/c I learned on a PC.
    Macs are far better!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oatw13
    I have and use both but my computer of choice is the Mac, hands down.

    First, I do not have to worry about all the cables to connect a monitor, speakers, etc, as it is all one unit. I don't have to worry about having access to the CPU, again, it is all one unit - there is no bulky CPU.

    I haven't had an issue with finding software. In fact, I can find pretty much identical or the exact same software for my Mac that I have on my PC, with only one or two exceptions. I use mine for word processing, internet, digital photography, making and editing videos, making DVD's, CD's, listening to music, watching TV shows and movies, photo editing, gaming, and the list goes on. I love it! In fact, our family has become a mostly Mac family, although we still have PC's. I bought my iMac about 3 years ago and it is still relevant and still going strong, whereas I burn through PC's in about 12-18 months. (Meaning, the PC is no longer able to support my needs and I buy top of the line PC's.) I am a very heavy user.

    That being said, you will spend more money on a Mac. In my opinion, it is well worth it. You may need to replace your software, such as Microsoft Office. You may need to re-learn how to perform some functions, but it is pretty simple to switch. Even my 60-something year old parents were able to switch easily. You may want to upgrade to a wireless keyboard and mouse. These are not cheap.

    Did I mention that you don't have the computer virus issues with Macs? And, there are many great online forums (including on Apple.com!) where you can go for help if you should need it. And, all of their applications are set up to run with the same basic commands, so you only have to learn the basics once.

    My next computer will be another iMac. But, if this is the route you choose, be prepared to pay for it. And, invest in Apple Care, it is well worth the cost.
    I have a HP touchSmart and it's all in one. I always wondered why PC's always got viruses and Macs didn't...hummmm...is it because the Mac hackers are trying to kill the pc's? :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    The only reason I don't have a Mac is b/c I learned on a PC.
    Macs are far better!!!
    me too, but when my Dell goes I'll get a Mac.
    I have a few PC quilting program on the Dell, but since I never use them it won't matter.

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    Gollytwo: I should learn how to use a Mac. I've been so busy learning new cell phones, ipods (I have 3 lol) and everything else that I can't picture learning how to use a Mac! I have an ebay business too. But I really should :D
    My son, among many people I know won't use anything else.
    They never have the problems PC users have.

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    Sue - it's my son too who's a Mac fanatic.
    My first computer was a Mac - but I didn't know how to do anything other than e-mail and reading stuff on the Web.
    I watch my son use his - it's awesome what it does - but, you're right, a whole new learning curve.

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    This is one of those form and function debates. I use a PC and have used Mac's. They are really very different animals. Mac's do graphics very well and are "friendly" to people who are computer shy. I use PC's because Mac's will not run my software nor do I see it happening anytime soon. I use engineering/math based software that will not interface with a Mac. There are some programs that are coming out as Dual Platform which is nice but doesn't address my issues. If all I did was look at pretty pictures and word process then I might like Apple computers. Until Apple steps up to the plate with decent program capabilities for science applications they are going to stay on the store shelf for me. (Linux is great and runs on a PC so you don't have to run a Windows platform.)

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    I've had a Macintosh since 1985, when I got the Mac 512, which had 1000 different colors of lovely black, white and grey.
    In fact, I still have it and the printer and all the add-ons, and it still works..darn hard to get Applewriter printer cartridges now.
    I plan on donating it to a museum if such a thing exists.

    Now I have an iMac, and on it has some Office stuff from Microsoft that I don't seem to ever use, plus a bunch of others
    that I never use. I got it mainly for the Power Point stuff that I
    wanted to see.

    Had a Dell that my kids gave me when my old half egg Macintosh finally died at age 10 or 11, the Dell wasn't any good. Tried to connect it to Comcast but the guy said some Dells were just like that. Gave up and got another Mac, this time just the iMac.

    By the way, I'm on the internet from 3 to 5 hours a day, since
    I'm incurably nosey about what's going on in the world and with my friends and family. Plus the time I spend on this forum. Doesn't leave much time for sewing. And this month I'll be 77 years young, still volunteering with our local blood bank's mobile unit.

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    I have pc with a linux operating system. After my xindows xp got ruined by a virus I went to Linux because it is free.

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    Happy Birthday Patty Sue

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    I just can't justify the cost of a Mac and the Programs for it. My PC is 6 years old and still going strong. I guess it depends on how heavy a user you are. I love my HP pavillion with the AMD processor....I have always run AMD processors and have always had good luck with them...I won't buy an Intel processor.

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    I gave my pc away when I moved back here because of space and bought a Mac book. I love the fact I don't get any spam or virus but wish it would work more of the quilt software.

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    Our family currently had 5 Macs. Pretty good for 4 people! Three are lap tops and two are desktops. Husband uses PC at work and goes back and forth easily but prefers Mac for many of the same reasons already stated. Great support is a major factor.

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    I own a pc laptop, love it and have very few issues with it. Bought the pc because of the difference in price, the mac being much more expensive. That being said, I have a mac I work on at my job and love it as well. given the choice between the two, if my laptop died today, I'd get a mac. Perhaps a desktop, but still a mac.

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    PC. Even if I had the money Apple is more expensive, and when I'd have to run Windows on it just to use my embroidery and quilting software it doesn't seem worth it.

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    After today not lovin anything, Am optomistic will get better :)

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