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A computer is often the hub of the home. Despite the ubiquitousness of smartphones and tablets, most people still turn to their trusty computer when it’s available to them. Which makes any decision over a future computer purchase Getting a New Computer, Part 1: How to Transition From Your Old PC to Your New One Getting a New Computer, Part 1: How to Transition From Your Old PC to Your New One Ahhh! The joy of a new computer! An opportunity to start fresh and leave all the worries of your slow, dusty, old computer in the past. However, whether you've just purchased a new computer or... Read More one that cannot be rushed.

You need to think long and hard about the next computer you’ll be buying. And when you’re done thinking we want you to take part in this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Apple Hates This Result…

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “What Brand Of TV Do You Own?

Out of a total of 580 votes, 16.7% chose Sony, 31.9% chose Samsung, 9.7% chose Panasonic, 11.7% chose LG, 3.3% chose Toshiba, 2.4% chose Sharp, 4.5% chose Philips, and 19.8% chose another brand of television set not featured in the poll.

This is a strong win for Samsung, Apple’s new arch enemy What Do You Think About Apple's Win Over Samsung? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Do You Think About Apple's Win Over Samsung? [MakeUseOf Poll] This week's poll question is: What Do You Think About Apple’s Win Over Samsung? As of this week owe Apple 1 billion dollars for patent infringements, made especially by the Galaxy S and Galaxy S... Read More . This win suggests Samsung has found the right combination of affordability and quality, which combine to make their television sets a very tempting purchase.

In terms of the other brands mentioned, Vizio cropped up several times in the comments. Vizio isn’t a company I was previously aware of, as they appear to operate solely in America (I’m British). Still, their TVs were praised during the discussion, so Vizio is clearly a brand people trust.

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Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Vipul J, Lakshay K, and Xoandre. Comment Of The Week goes to Bill L, who won with this comment What Brand of TV Do You Own? [MakeUseOf Poll] What Brand of TV Do You Own? [MakeUseOf Poll] You probably watch more television than you should. Whether this is a good thing is a discussion for another day, but what we're interested in is what brand of TV you currently own. Read More :

I bought the LG 37 inch with 1080 HD. Screen size was a priority due to our smaller viewing space. This particular model actually cost more than the 42 inch screens around it, but hey,…size once again matters. I am currently in the market for a bigger house because I really want a bigger TV.

We chose this comment because not only does it contain a euphemistic joke about how size matters (always appreciated by my infantile mind), it talks of buying a bigger house in order to be able to buy a bigger TV. That is true commitment to the cause of television viewing. And I would totally do the same thing.

Polling Planned ‘Puter Purchases

This week we want to know all about your next computer purchase. We have kept the poll simple, only differentiating between the major operating systems Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC Which Operating System Should You Choose for Your Next PC Buying a new PC? You have more operating system choices than ever. Which should you choose? We'll give you an overview, along with advantages and disadvantages. Spoiler: There's no one best option! Read More , but the comments section is open for those who want to give us more details.

Are you sticking with Windows? If so, will you take a chance on Windows 8.1, try to source a copy of Windows 7, or wait until Windows 9 is released? Are you a Mac? If so, what makes you choose Apple over all the the alternatives? Are you more inclined to use Linux? If so, which distro will you be installing?


Please use the poll above to tell us what your next computer purchase will be, and then take to the comments section below to tell us your reasons for picking Windows over Mac, or Linux or Windows, etc. Remember, there’s an awesome T-shirt in it for the person responsible for the coveted Comment Of The Week.

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  1. rustyraptor
    August 16, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Windows and Mac is a waste of money. If you play video games that are only for windows or use other software that is only for windows or mac then it is your fault and you traded your freedom for convenience.
    There are plenty of games for linux now and there will be lots more to come with the development of steamOS and the cooperation of nvidia and AMD.

    If you are planning to buy a Mac or a windows PC please reconsider for your own good. You can spend the money on better hardware and download a distro of your choice for free.

  2. Paul G
    July 30, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I've been using computers since the days of CP/M (early 80s), and later I also used PCDOS, DR-DOS and MSDOS. I also experimented with several flavors of Linux. A few years ago, after Mac started using Intel processors, I began using Mac products.
    The thing I like about OSX is that it offers an easy-to-use OS while at the same time giving the user an easy-to-access ability to modify and expand on the OS itself similar to that afforded to Linux users.
    My next computer will be a used Mac Mini that I'll turn into a NAS server which will let me clear a stack of USB drives off my desk.
    I also have a 12 y/o HP laptop with XP that I never use for anything, so I'm putting Snow Leopard on it to use as my wife's backup office machine.
    I'm a web and graphics artist/designer and I find that I sometimes need some MS Windows programs to maintain compatibility with all the files that my clients send in, so I Wine some Windows versions of: QuarkXPress (newspaper pre-press), MSOffice (for Publisher docs and to see the tracking/changes on Word docs), CorelDraw and even Freehand for one particular client, yet I never felt the urge to get a separate Windows box or even run a VM.
    ...and yes, I can read and write NTFS for end users.
    Once you go Mac, you never go back. :)

  3. Stefan G
    July 27, 2014 at 10:32 am

    I will buy Windows computer and then install Linux Ubuntu.

  4. Anandu B
    July 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I am buying a macbook after they release yosemite

  5. Stijn J
    July 23, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I'll be buying a nice second hand computer for a penny and a dime from a person who just needed to have 'the latest thingy'.

    Yes, I develop. Yes, I photoshop. Yes, I use my computer on a daily base for work and when I go wild I even do video editing. But I upgraded my Thinkpad T61 (dual-core) with 4 Gb, running Win 8.1 enterprise and it just does the job just fine. I feel no need to directly upgrade and spend hundreds to thousands of euro's. I won't make me happier, nor more productive. I can wait a second or two.

    The one thing that would win me over, and will in the coming future, to buy a new second hand one is more mobility (lightness & tablet-hybride ).

    Wether you like the OS or not, compliments to MS for seeking new ways of doing things. It started with something no-one liked, as did I, but as it turned to get better and better. I see that the original startmenu is back in the new big update (8.2 or 9.0) but now I feel no need to bring it back. I like switching between tablet-like mode for pleasure and desktop for business. I personally never liked the apple-approach to things I personally feel that OS X looks outdated.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Oh, there are plenty of those people out there. Some in this thread!

      Have you seen the new OS X Yosemite? I must admit it looks pretty damn sweet. What about it makes you think it's outdated? I'm just interested, not trolling :)

    • Stijn J
      July 27, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      I can't overcome that huge bar on top of the OS. I looks so 90's. Further I personally think the all-grey has had its days. I remember putting a grey skin on Win XP a decade back, but since than I haven't used it anymore. It is just a purely personal feeling; the colorfull metro interface makes my day look brighter, while the grey...well grey.

      I have seen the Yosemite preview. Some things do look nice and modern; but I can't help it notice that the things that make it look to me a bit outdated are left the same.

  6. Ahmed K
    July 23, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Cheap 2nd hand parts & STEAM os 1 day

  7. Nicut A
    July 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    Well, there are 2 aspects i take into consideration:
    1. Hardware - 8 core CPU, awsome video card, 16 GB of RAM, and 2 HDD totaling around 8 TB.
    2. Software - I will stick to Win7 until i will be forced to upgrade it. Or, luckly, Linux will get improved gaming support.

  8. Aibek
    July 22, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Macbook!

  9. Howard B
    July 21, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I've been building my own PCs since around 1994, and will continue to pick and choose components and build to my own requirements in the future. Current rig is a few years old, with a Phenom 9950BE and GeForce 620, 8GB RAM, and a Blu-Ray burner; haven't decided whether the next one will be a Core i5/i7 or AMD A10 (will decide when I can actually afford a new build).

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Despite it being a few years old, I can imagine your current rig is still motoring along. Unless you're a gamer?

    • Howard B
      July 27, 2014 at 6:36 am

      @Dave P: I'm a gamer on a tight budget (despite being a web designer, my boss is kinda tight-fisted) - I only build a new rig every few years, and I got a good deal on the Phenom I with a motherboard that didn't support 95W CPUs, so I built two machines out of it, one for me and a 9600 that would run on the mobo.
      Hoping to be able to collect the $600 or so I need for the next build soon, once bills are paid off....the first $600 build (around 1998) was a California Graphics Photon 100 HC motherboard (only one I could find with 1MB L1 cache), a Quantum3D Raven (nVidia Banshee 16MB) AGP card, and a K6-2 300 (eventually upgraded to a 550) with 128MB RAM and my first ATX box, an In-Win Q500 "super tower" that was reused quite a few times.
      This was the first PC I upgraded from Win95 to Win98!
      http://geneticcomputers.com/img/computerCases/IWq500.gif

  10. Samuel A
    July 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    My 'next' purchase is still - I believe - a long way down the road. After a few long months, I made the switch from Windows to Mac last March.

    There are plenty of blogs and discussion forums with sufficient threads covering which is better - Windows or Mac - but having spent more than 15 years with Windows and around 150 days with Mac, my quick reasoning is as follows:

    Sure, Windows has come a long way since I first started with Win95; it gave us W98 (great), XP and 7... and now W8; but between those, we got a couple of OS which definitely let us all down. I enjoyed W7, I don't mind the huge paradigm jump in W8, but OSX just felt right from the beginning: smooth, clean, easy to use, easy to install things (free....). Now mix that with a pretty good laptop (i5, 2.4G, 8Gb RAM, 256 SSD, awesome retina display) and you've got yourself a great laptop. And then there's the trackpad... ahh, the trackpad.

    Sure, it's expensive when compared to many laptops on the market. Where I'm from, there's probably 50-100 different options spread out in different stores. But I still haven't found a single laptop which offers similar specs at a significantly lower price: same ram, same ssd, same battery life. Can anybody help with that?

    I use Windows at work and I expect that is the case for many, but it's just a lot more fun to come home and work on my Mac. If personal computers/laptops are still a thing in 5 years - and if for some reason I need to buy a new one - I'm sure I'll continue with Mac.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:37 pm

      Did you find the switch from Windows to Mac easy? I haven't yet enjoyed that experience but I've heard other people have trouble with the major and slight differences between the two.

    • Samuel A
      July 25, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Dave, I found the switch to be straightforward. Sure, the keyboard shortcut aren't exactly the same; the minimize/maximize of windows isn't exactly the same; installing programs is different... but I had no problems with the switch. But I do consider myself to be highly IT literate which could have helped in the transition.

  11. Dmitry T
    July 21, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Definitely one of those ARM-based devices that RaspberryPi made known to wider audience. One of the reasons - there'll be no chance for surrender to temptation to install Windows. Basically a dedicated Linux box to put side by side with aging PC. And it'll be energy-efficient.

    On other hand, i gonna buy Chromebook for my dad who is casual user and catches malware too often.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:35 pm

      Chromebooks could be great for older people. The lack of having to worry about malware is an absolute Godsend!

  12. suzybel
    July 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I just got my new computer, 27" Asus-All-In-One with Windows 8. I love it. It doesn't take up a lot of space with a tower as my older desktop, has hardly any wires and the screen is big. I can pick it up and move it myself in one go. The only thing I didn't get with it that I was looking for is a backlit keyboard, but that is easily fixable. I looked at laptops, desktops and Macs and this was the best choice for me.

  13. Peter
    July 21, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    laptop, linux or windows....I started to like Mac's a few years a go and got a MacBook Pro to give Apple a try. Had a few gripes with it but not more than with win/linux setup, just different. Now I also have a Lenovo W520.

    I was thinking of upgrading the MacBook Pro and found out that Apple is back to it's old tricks again of making upgrading components difficult if not impossible, as they make the RAM soldered on (non upgradable) along with PITA hard drive connection. No Thanks!

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Apple knows better than you. Don't argue ;)

  14. Lawrence
    July 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Been using (self-built) Windows machines since Windows 95, and Windows 8 - my favourite Windows OS yet - for a year and a half, but I've been using an iphone and ipad for several years and so my next computer looks to be an ipad mini whenever the newest one comes out, possibly paired with a Mac Air - the new seamless connectivity functions are enticing.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:34 pm

      Windows 8 is your favorite Windows so far? So you're the guy ;)

      I'm intrigued that you love Windows 8 but appear to be moving towards Apple in the near future.

  15. jymm
    July 21, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I will either buy a ZaReason, System 76 or a computer without an OS. I love Debian based OS's and am now using Point Linux. I won't pay for over priced Apple or use Windows junk.

  16. Peter F
    July 21, 2014 at 8:48 am

    I am torn as to what my next computer will be. In the next 6-12 months I can well imagine that I will be forced to buy a new machine.

    I currently use an Acer built Windows 7 laptop and have been happy with it, overall* (*apart from the usual compatibility issues/crashes/etc that I always find with Acer/windows).

    I would buy an Apple laptop if it weren't for the extortionate price and is ruled out as I have been told many times by Apple users to "stay away if I'm not familiar with the OS."

    Windows is a constant frustration (see previous comments I have made on windows) but one that I have grown up with over the past 20+ years of using computers.

    Linux is beyond my limited comprehension and I have no inclination to build my own PC. (tried building a PC once failed dismally! haha)

    This leaves me with buying an Chromebook. But even these machines have their down sides, for my needs.

    Lack of internal storage is a worry for me. I am used to having tons of storage offline but making that leap to a Chromebook is probably the most likely option so far.

    Unless Microsoft can produce a machine that truly works out of the box I'm stumped.

    I have a lot more research to do before I part with my hard earned cash!

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:32 pm

      Doing lots of research is never a bad thing :)

      I like Chromebooks but I can see why they won't be for everyone. I haven't missed the offline storage or any programs worth mentioning after a year of almost entirely switching from Windows to Chrome OS.

  17. ahood
    July 21, 2014 at 5:31 am

    well, I've been using windows for so long now, just being from the majority. at work I have to deal with linux. and I was thinking to start developing iOS apps. so I'm in the middle of this love triangle. well, I didn't like windows 8, which kick it out of the list. linux is nice and peacful but I don't see why I need it. so, I'll go with my passion and what I want. my next computer will be a mac..

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      Ooh, which flavour of Mac are you eyeing?

  18. Zhong J
    July 21, 2014 at 2:27 am

    In the future where situations is appropriate, I will be building a PC since gaming on a computer is a better experience on a console due to graphic capabilities. I've already selected the types of components that I will need:

    AMD FX-6300
    Gigabyte GA-970A-DS3P BOM ATX AM3+ Motherboard
    8GB of DDR3 RAM
    120GB Sandisk SSD
    Radeon R7 250 2GB@702MHZ Graphic card
    Full size or mid size tower with 2 USB3.0 & 2.0, plus liquid cooling compatible.
    PSU 80+ Gold

    All the rest isn't essential since they can be made compatible with little issue.

  19. Sherry
    July 21, 2014 at 2:24 am

    I have both now. I love my Mac but it is old and can no long keep up with the new OSx. I bought my laptop because my sewing machine is only Windows compatible. Mac's are so much easier to use and update, yes the cost is higher to start but over all they are less. the programs are less and the OSx updates are free.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:30 pm

      OSX updates being free must be a Godsend. Will Microsoft follow suit, I wonder?!

  20. Toufique Qureshi
    July 20, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Fine

  21. shawn
    July 20, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    For the informed user, Linux is the only way to go.
    - Secure
    - FAST
    - Options
    - Beauty (if that's what YOU want)
    I have been putting clueless users on Linux for years (Windows Theme). The only people who call me for help are the ones who keep Windows.

    I do love Windows though; it's just too embattled for the average user.

  22. ed
    July 20, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    My next computer will probably be a chromebook, but only because I want a cheap alternative to a tablet, and because I'll use it with a Linux distro. If a good selection of $250 10 or 11 inch Windows laptops come out with SSD and fanless, then I'll do that. So my next purchase will be the cheapest, lightest laptop with no moving parts that can serve as a tablet replacement.

    I think we are at an age where more people are becoming OS agnostic when they own multiple devices. I have an Android phone, a Windows laptop as my main computer, and Linux media center hooked up to my TV. My next purchase can be a chromebook, Linux or Windows laptop as long as it is cheap, light and has no moving parts.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:28 pm

      Microsoft IS planning competition to Chromebooks, but it remains to be seen how good they are. I'd certainly look into getting a Chromebook.

  23. DT
    July 20, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    My next machine will continue to be OSX. I don't have time to muck around with Linux but also like the *nix like terminal and tools for software development which OSX provides.

    The Apple store makes it easy to find software and it has Microsoft Office available which is a must for all business communication.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:27 pm

      Do you find the expense of buying a Mac a problem? I'm talking as a Brit, and the prices here are a lot higher than in the US.

  24. Gerry
    July 20, 2014 at 9:02 pm

    I've been running the current Windows ever since there was a Windows, with only brief flings with Unix and IOS. I'd sort of prefer to stay with Windows just because of my comfort zone, but since most things can now be done in the browser, I'll probably get a Chromebook and keep a Windows desktop around for the few chores that require offline capability. And I will never use the word "ubiquitousness" when "ubiquity" is perfectly correct.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Keeping a Windows desktop around while buying a Chromebook is probably a good idea. At least for the time being.

      Oh, and “ubiquitousness" is a perfectly acceptable word.

  25. Hildy J
    July 20, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    My next purchase will be a Win8.1 laptop for my college bound son. It will add a writable DVD/CD drive and replace his current Windows laptop which lacks that. After that I plan to purchase a Win8.1 tablet to replace my current Win8.1 tablet.

    Windows is the boring OS that does everything. If you're searching for "alternatives to ", chances are the application is a native Windows program. If you have an old peripheral in your attic, chances are there's a Windows driver for it.

  26. Allan
    July 20, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    My next computer purchase will be a Raspberry Pi B+. When it comes to my next desktop, I'll wait until WIndows 9 comes out to see how it is, if not I'm going down the Linux route, probably with Mint.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:23 pm

      How do you see yourself using the Raspberry Pi B+?

  27. Rajvi
    July 20, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    I would stick with Linux. It's the best thing that ever happened. In countries like India, where buying a Apple is still distant. Open source is only the way forward.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:22 pm

      Is Linux huge in India? I can imagine it has to be given the ridiculous prices Apple charges you guys.

  28. John C
    July 20, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    More likely build my own with Windows 7/8(or upgrade what I have already), again like I've been doing for the past several years. I'm a gamer so it's the only real option right now.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Which would you prefer, Windows 7 or Windows 8?

    • John C
      July 26, 2014 at 6:32 am

      That's a really good question. I would have to go with 7 right now, but only for compatibility reasons.

  29. Vishal S
    July 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    2 Builds I want to do in the future:
    1) Gaming Rig: Top of the line Processor, Graphics Card and max RAM. SSD for OS and 10000 RPM Hard Drives for Data. Running Windows 8.1 (because Microsoft no longer retails Windows 7).
    2) My Personal Server: Hardware varies (can be anything from my RPi Model B to a dual boot of some other PC). Running LAMP server with preferably Ubuntu at its Linux part. Server will serve my files to anyone who has valid user ID and password.

  30. Mary
    July 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    Nothing can compare to a Windows PC. Windows all the way.

  31. Tanya-Jayne Park
    July 20, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I'm pretty proud to be platform agnostic, everything I do is web-based and my life is particularly embedded into Google products. I run 3 businesses all of which use Google Apps also accounts, CRM, stock control etc are all in the 'cloud' and away from work my life is spent on the internet, or away from technology altogether having a life. :)

    Chrombook is an obvious choice for me.

    • Rick
      July 20, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Same for me. I have a Chromebox that I do almost everything on and prefer, but realistically, a Chrome browser is my desktop platform, and even Firefox or Opera will do in a pinch. Aside from running the Canon software for my scanner for a while longer to finish digitizing a bunch of old prints, I am now doing almost everything with my Chromebox and with an Android tablet and phone. What few things I can't, such as running the full desktop version of Google Earth, using Foxit in Wine to create Tables of Content in pdfs, or doing simple document scanning, I can easily do in Linux. And that last item may be coming to Chrome OS in the future, as may being able to create and open encrypted zip files.

      So my next computer will probably be a Chromebook of some sort to complement my Chromebox, or possibly a higher spec'd Chromebox with an i3 processor instead of my current Celeron, 8 GB of RAM instead of my current 4, and a 32 GB or larger ssd instead of 16 GB that I would feel better about dual operating with Linux if my Windows 7/Peppermint Linux machine eventually dies.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm

      @Tanya Chromebook is an obvious choice. The need to feel comfortable within one company's ecosystem is often overlooked.

      @Rick I'm going the other way: I have a Chromebook and I'm eyeing up a Chromebox. I'm very happy with this thing.

  32. ReadandShare
    July 20, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    The computer I want doesn't exist yet - but that's OK, I am happy enough with my current Win 7 desktop, HTC phone, and Nexus 7 tablet.

    I expect in a few years, our "phones" will be more powerful than today's desktop/laptops -- while being much more power efficient than today's phones. THAT will be my next computer -- the one to take anywhere. And either dock or wirelessly connect to large screens when at home -- or medium screen when on the road, etc. No more need to synch amongst three of four different devices.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      I kind of agree. The market is definitely switching to mobile. I think it's a matter of when, not if, that our concept of what a computer is changes.

  33. J. Simon van der Walt
    July 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I'm very, very tempted to buy a nice wee second hand ThinkPad and run Ubuntu. But ITRW I'm going to pay 3-4 times as much for a 11" MacBook Air. I've invested a lot of time in the mac desktop and applications, and I don't think I'd get much done if I tried to switch now.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      Ooh, that's an expensive decision. Apple has you in its sweaty grasp and isn't letting go easily ;)

  34. Kishor B
    July 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    My next computer will definitely be a Linux setup.

    With Ubuntu 14.04, there is no going back to Windows. Even though I'm dual booting with Win-7 and Trusty Tahr right now, the truth is I hardly ever use the former. It's only there because of a Virtual Box and my reluctance to re-install it from scratch.

    The cool factor, the fun of typing commands into terminal, and the beauty of being in full control of my system are some of the perks that go with the Linux lifestyle.

    But more importantly, Ubuntu is where I feel at home.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      That feeling of being at home with your computer is often overlooked. I can certainly see why you'd stick with Linux.

  35. A41202813GMAIL
    July 20, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    The Only Way To Make XP A Bit Faster Is To Build A Custom Machine With Clinically Chosen Modern Components.

    ( Five Years And Counting )

    XPOCALYPSE, FOREVER !

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      I was hoping you'd turn up. XP, NEVER! ;)

  36. Chinmay S
    July 20, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    There is no reason for me to not buy Mac. It has a great OS and its getting better and better every year. Currently I am using Windows but I don't like it much. As a developer I can create iPhone and iPad apps on Mac which is not possible on Windows.
    In my opinion, Apple products are a lot more easier to learn. Simplicity is the key.

    There is no need for Antivirus on Mac, it's not that it is immune to virus but when compared to Windows, the risk is almost none.

    But the best part, updates are now free. Who doesn't like free updates to OS every year?

    The main problem with Macs is their price but I think the premium material and quality hardware makes it worth every penny.

    • Grace
      July 20, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      I agree. Macs all the way. I also have an HP Windoze laptop I needed for a special project and all I can say is that I'm so grateful to Apple for the Mac. My business depends on it.

    • likefunbutnot
      July 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      I build my own, but that does lead me to question why I need another.

      I won't need another machine any time soon; the slowest PC I have is an Intel NUC that's plugged in to my TV. Even that is an i3. But eventually I'll avail myself of the opportunity to put a new desktop together (probably a Skylake-series i7 in late 2015 unless I have a motherboard fail between now and then) while my current home desktop will get repurposed as test platform to use in my office.

      The thing is, the stuff I have is already utterly ridiculous. What will I be doing with it? My machines have 250 or 500GB SSDs and 16GB RAM or more, and are backed with nearly 150TB of network-accessible storage. I do a lot of work in virtual machines and with video encoding, but even with that it's very hard to keep an i7 busy in a meaningful way. Games don't even really do it, judging by how little impact they have on video encoding times. I don't expect that to change, given how low the bar was set with the new console generation.

      I'm sure I'll build a new PC out of habit, but it's not because I need one. It's just that I'm used to having top-end hardware.

    • Dave P
      July 25, 2014 at 11:13 pm

      @Chinmay If you can afford a Mac and consider them the best computers out there then I'd say you're onto a winner.

      @likefunbutnot Wow, it does sound like building PC at this stage would e absolutely pointless. Do you ever give older machines away? Perhaps that is the answer to your dilemma: build a new one out of habit, but add a habit of giving an older machine away.

    • rustyraptor
      August 16, 2014 at 11:28 am

      Linux does the same
      >free updates
      >highly secure and few viruses made for it
      >the software you get is from specially maintained repositories so you won't get viruses anyway.
      >don't have to buy a mac

      Have you even considered it?

    • rustyraptor
      August 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

      I am going to build a custom PC and install ubuntu studio along with manjaro on it. I will also be buying a nice thinkpad and install manjaro on that one as well.

      I do not trust non-free software and I see no reason to pay 200$ for windows. I also see no reason to pay thousands for a mac. If you use software or play games that only run on windows and you can't make a move to linux then you have put yourself in the grip of corporate hands. You lost your digital freedom. You are now controlled by the puppet master.

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