Question of the Week: Mac or PC?

Since the beginning of time (well, about 1976) one question has been at the forefront of the world of computing. Wars have been fought (on forums) in its name, and legions of computer users the world over are willing to fight to the death, or at least until their computer crashes, in its name. Maybe it will never be resolved, but never let it be said that the Merseyside Skeptics Society did not play its part in attempting to end this ancient and divisive dispute…

So, the Question of the Week is this:

Which is better: Mac or PC?

No other question seems to exercise the ire of computer users quite as much as this one. Is it true that macs are better machines, or are they just for vegetarians, communists and hippies? Is the lack of viruses worth the astronomical price tag? Has the PC always been better, but is the victim of a jealous pc-ist campaign? Who would win in a fight, Steve Jobs or Bill Gates? Why are they named after nouns?

Let’s put this issue to bed once and for all. Which is better: Mac or PC? You decide.

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  1. #1 by Red Celt on November 15, 2009 - 10:18

    Mac v PC? Meh!
    Why do these questions always arise? It used to be ZX Spectrum v Commodore 64. Then it was Commodore Amiga v Atari ST.

    Can’t we, as humans, evolve beyond computer sectarianism? No? Well, OK then… Spectrum, Amiga & PC.

    He says, writing this on a MacBook. 😛

  2. #2 by Michael on November 16, 2009 - 19:13

    Alpha Vax Rocks! Unix is the king, faster, quieter, can program codes. He says writing this on a PC. Macs are for the stupid, most Macs owned by people with more than a brain cell end up on the lawn after being hurled from a high window, or skylight. Macs and caravans belong to the same group of people, statistics show this to be true (ONS 2006/07 Study of social and political trends and associated goods purchasing Vol 19: 307-343 Sept 2007) and they like corduroy as well. Prove me wrong!

  3. #3 by AexMagd on November 17, 2009 - 15:56

    I think both have their positive sides, and also that you absolutely mustn’t confuse Mac vs. PC as Mac vs. Windows. The ability to use different operating systems to suit your needs is probably one of the strongest points in favour of a PC.

    There are good things about Macs and good things about PCs – I like fiddling around with my computer but for a lot of people they just want them to work with the minimum of fuss, and Mac manages that pretty well. Regardless, I hope we can all agree that:

    a) Mac advertising makes you want to vomit for appealing to stupid people’s emotions and totally misrepresenting their competition in the most smug, punch-inviting way.

    b) PC gaming shits all over consoles. Mouselook vs analog stick just isn’t a contest.

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