I’ve been at computer science high school, but long time before that I was already familiar with the PCs. I remember my father playing Starcraft and all of us (the kids, my mom couldn’t stand it! ) were watching and enjoying it (he was like the hero fighting all the monster spaceships). PC was such a good time waster at that time.
I remember playing Oregon Trail and writing simple BASIC apps. I also have fond memories of recording over my sisters teeny bopper cassetes (this was before people could really afford those uber-advanced 5.25 floppies) to save those apps.
The integration between the hardware and the software is like it has never been before (I tell you, I’ve been using to many computers),
Can you give an example of this? I don’t really see any special integration between hardware and software in the mini. If anything, switching it over to Linux gave me a lot more control over the existing hardware (ie. system wide use of the front row remote).
thanks everybody for the comment,
After read all, I have some question for the mac users.
I have never use an I mac, actually, I have never seen one in the real life, only in pictures. Here there is only one mall were sell macs and they only have 1…
the 20” iMac, with 1GB RAM and 160GB hard disk, 2.0GH… like a standar PC. The only differece I can see is the OS X .
And the price is 1800 USD , here that is alot of money (1 USD = 3.2 argentinean pesos) and a normal person earns 2000-2500 pesos per mounth, so 1800 USD is like 3 mounths of a normal person work.
and with 1800 USD i can buy a PC with 4GB RAM and 320GB, 2.8GH… with windows.
I know mac supports alot of hardware that windows doesnt, like the time capsule, and I know I dont have to buy monitor buying an iMac. but having my actual monitor, I can buy the same machine (1GB RAM and 160GB hard disk, 2.0GH) with 600 USD … and thats the standard now, who know if the next year the all programs requires 2GB or more…
The only reason that I have to buy a mac is all the people I know who used pcs and macs says MAC IS MUCH MUCH BETTER
So, my question is, does Mac OS X worth all that money? Is there any other difference? and a question for the designers-programmers, It enought for you 1GB RAM ?
wow, thats my longest post lol
I dont own, a mac, I will be a proud mac owner on Saturday. But I have used them a lot and I can tell you that the 20inch iMac with 1 gig of ram…in my opinion…handles better than my quad-core/3gigs of ram PC.
Please note that hardware is hugely important, but if your OS is crap the hardware isnt going to help much. I honestly think for programming the 1 gig should be fine. Eventually upgrading to at least 2 would hurt in the future but I dont think you will be suffering with 1 gig.
Not to mention that you were talking about a PC that comes stock with 4 gigs of ram…I just got off the phone with a Microsoft rep…and apparently standard 32bit Vista does not support more than 3 gigs of ram. To get any more you will need a 64bit environment. And Vista 64x is having some SERIOUS issues.
Also the last thing that you REALLY need to pay attention to, is the little program called Bootcamp. It comes preinstalled with Leopard. All you have to do is buy a version of Windows XP or Vista, and it will install it. Not just emulate it. It will actually install it. And when the new mac pros were first released PC User Magazine ran benchmarks and rated the Mac Pro Desktop as “the fastest windows computer you can buy”. Of course thats that Pro line, but at the same time, your iMac can run windows…pretty well too. So if you get the iMac you are not necessarily losing windows. But if you get a PC, your NOT getting a mac.
DO NOT BUY THE 20 ” MODEL !
It has issues! Google it.
@geoken: I’ve used Linux for a little time (networks), so I am not sure how good things are on it.
On the mac everything just works, no drivers to install. Everything comes integrated too.
Random, you can go with only 1 GB of ram (as I did), and when you need, change it with 2×2 GB RAM (there are a lot of third parties providing cheaper than apple does). This way you won’t spend all the money at once.
a computer is not really something you ask a huge forum of people… in my opinion…. because bottom line is everyone is going to defend their OWN taste because of their OWN PERSONAL preferences.
getting a computer is like getting a girlfriend… you don’t just ask people who you should date…. you choose the girl that you like best, that fits with your personality and that you enjoy their company. haha.
Choose the computer that serves YOURS needs and that YOU feel comfortable using and buying based on YOUR experience, and how much money you want to spend. Mac lovers are going to support the mac…. pc lovers are going to support the pc. its just the way it is…
i go to art school and we have both MAC and PC labs (with the LATEST MACS and PC’s with all the latest software)... i use both ALL THE TIME … in MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE i have had many problems on macs. That dreaded Pinwheel has frozen on me hundreds of times and Illustrator and photoshop have Unexpectedly Quit on me many times. This has happened TO ME more times on a MAC than a PC. I feel more comfortable on a PC.
I’ve never had major problems with a pc… ive never had a virus… i have both vista and xp… yes i have had occasions where a program freezes or something on my XP pc… but like i said i experienced that many times on a mac as well. As far as vista i have had no problems. period. People who get so many virus’s and errors and crap on their PC’s just need to stop looking at so much porn and downloading tons of illegal software. Thats where all that crap comes from mainly. lol haha
Your best bet is to try out both somehow and just choose what is more convenient for you. All your going to get on this forum is “mac sucks” and “PC sucks” with the occasional personal story. But that’s THEIR story. it doesn’t mean it will be yours as well.
lol ok that was long. haha good luck with whatever you choose! at the end of the day a computer serves you only as good as you serve it haha You may have problems on both MAC & PC… you may have problems on neither… you may have problems on one…