Wednesday, October 24, 2007

To Mac or not to Mac

My experience with Mac goes back more than 20 years back in 1986. At school, we are introduced to Apple IIe as PCs (ie DOS,Windows) were not as easily accesible. We learned programming for educational (and writing up some games along the way) purposes mainly and it was great, writing up codes and see it come alive on the screen.

After school, i did not have the chance to get reacquainted with Apple as its getting harder and harder to get my hands on such machines. When I started working in a financial institution in 1992, i was introduced to the world of Bill Gates. Working on terminals and servers, writing DOS programs and learning the intricacies of IT pose a new challenge for me (even if I actually work in accounting)

Fast forward a few years, while learning to troubleshoot in MS-DOS, the introduction of Windows 3.1 and the adoption of IBM compatible PCs as the standard computing platform have put Apple computers in the backseat as the platform of choice. That marks the start the Bill Gates effects. The rest they say is history as PCs currently take up of more than 90% of the market share, while Apple taking a measly 5%.

Unfortunately the general impression is that Mac's product are expensive compared to Windows machines but Mac fanatics would swear by their UNIX stabilty, almost non-existence of viruses and true out-of-the-box functionality with great softwares to boot. Taking that into consideration, Mac user would say that their price tag are justified. Macs are the machine of choice for the creative ones they say :)

Personally, I have fallen in love with Macs since 1986, but I have to admit that their higher price stalls me in my track. But with the introduction of Mac mini and now, Intel powered Macbooks would mean I could actually run Windows on Mac (not that I really need to). Dah lama sebenarnya simpan niat nak dapatkan Mac, dari masa Apple keluar ibook G3, to G4 and now Intel Core2Duo powered Macs.

So, i do think its a good time to get one. When? Nampaknya, kena tunggu duit saya cukup dulu la. Maybe I'll get a pre-loved Macs first and then, maybe then grow to a better system. We'll see how. Will post an update on my Mac adventure :)

Hence the question, to Mac or not to Mac?

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