Re: Macintosh or Windows
- From: Sean <sean@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 16:10:14 GMT
Arny Krueger wrote:
"Richard Crowley" <rcrowley@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Soundhaspriority wrote:I'm a Windows user, but there are very legitimate reasonsThe "Mac Tax" extends well beyond the initial purchase
to run a Mac. The whole theory of Mac ownership is to
pay more for a superior product, and avoid a lot of compatibility problems that frequently crop up with
Windows. If you have a lot of cash, the Mac makes a lot
price. You keep paying for it over the entire life of the
My daughter was forced to buy a Mac at her own expense by her employer. She worked in a lab that was run by some Mac enthusiasts. To do her work she needed to use some very expensive analytical software that the lab had volume licenses for, but just the Mac versions. She paid about $2,500 for a pretty ordinary 15" screen laptop that she needed to run about $5,000 worth of software that she could use for no extra cost due to the lab's volume licenses.
The Mac UI is cool. Of course it looks a lot like Vista to many of us, but Mac did it first.
She had some trouble with he Mac laptop. Even though she had paid $400 for Mac's extended warranty they declined to help her because the laptop had been "abused" - it had a tiny dent in one corner of the case where it had been shoved a little hard against the corner of another laptop. Needless to say, she's not going to buy another. She now has a Dell.
This sort of anecdote can be misleading, though. I have a counter-anecdote. My daughter was in Hawaii, which is part of a foreign country and very far from us. Her three year old Mac PowerBook died, and knowing my daughter, I know she hadn't taken very good care of it. I imagine she probably updated her FaceBook page while surfing. Anyway, she took it to the Mac dealer on Maui. They checked the serial number and voila, they replaced the mother board and had it back to her within a day. But that's just one incident.
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