Mac-less in Davao

06Feb05

I found an article that will interest Mac and Windows users alike. This is one of the reason why I decided to stick to a Mac and get rid of anything Windows in my room.

The article is entitled: Why Does Windows Still Suck?
Why do PC users put up with so many viruses and worms? Why isn’t everyone on a Mac?


Here’s tidbit:

Then, something happened. Something attacked. Something swarmed her computer the instant she tried to move around online and the computer slowed and bogged and cluttered and crashed, and multiple restarts and debuggings and what-the-hells only brought up only a flood of nightmarish pop-up windows and terrifying error messages and massive system slowdowns and all manner of inexplicable claims of infestation of this worm and that Trojan horse and did we want to buy McAfee AntiVirus protection for $39.95?

And another:

The McAfee site claims a whopping 91 percent of PCs are infected. As every Windows user knows, PCs are ever waging a losing battle with a stunningly vicious array of malware and worms and viruses, all aimed at exploiting one of about ten thousand security flaws and holes in Microsoft Windows.

And lastly:

Here, then, is my big obvious question: Why the hell do people put up with this? Why is there not some massive revolt, some huge insurrection against Microsoft?

Why indeed?

To tell you the truth, I really don’t miss viruses, trojans and spyware at all. I honestly don’t know how Windows users can put up with it. They would always say that it’s no problem since there are free anti-virus, free anti-spyware and other free things online that will temporarily cure their PCs.

My point would be the amount of time you waste in getting, downloading and updating all the things that you need so that your computer will be safe.

Granted some will have DSL or braodband connections that downloading all the updates will seem to be no chore at all. But what happens if a new virus or trojan appear and there are no viral updates yet? You PC goes nuts at the very least. The worse case scenario is that everything crashes. Your documents, spreadsheets, MP3, pictures, gone. Pfffft… Just like that.

What do you do?

You go to the shop where you bought your computer of course and have them try to fix it. You have to pay for it, of course.

Or you can find some tech savvy friend or relative to help you fix your PC.

To put things in perspective, I would like to ask Windows users out there who are connected to the net on how many hours do they spend a month in downloading and updating their various anti-virus and anti-spyware programs. Three to four hours? And how many hours a month do you spend in scanning your PC looking for that unwanted virus, trojan or spyware? Six to eight hours? Guess how many hours I did the above things with my Mac?

Zero.

If you add those number of hours downloading and scanning then tally them up for a year, that would be about 5 days, I think. What about on a Mac? How many hours are wasted on these tiresome but nearly futile activities?

Zero.

After all, zero times any number is zero.

I must really sound like a Mac fanatic to whoever’s reading this. I’m not really. Not yet.

For me, for those people who uses a PC for surfing, word processing, spreadsheet and an occasional multimedia application, I really would suggest switching to a Mac computer. For those in the Philippines the cheapest Mac would be the Mini at about 38,000 pesos with 3 year warranty. For those in the US or other countries, heck, with the money that you’re making over there you can easily afford an iBook or a Powerbook. Or if really tightfisted, you can opt for a used Mac computer. Either way you still win.

And if you do decide to switch, be ready to say bye-bye to viruses, trojans, spyware and other headaches that go along with a Windows PC.

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