Essay about Mac vs Pc

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Mac vs. PC: The Everlasting Debate

In the world of computers, the choice of systems can be a complicated one. There are two competitors out there, PCs and Macs. Everyone has their own opinion on which is better, and there are many die-hard fans in each camp. The truth is, PC's are far more popular, and for good reasons, yet the Mac system is actually the more durable and useful of the two. Firstly we will consider software availability. The majority of computer users own PC's, both for work and recreational use. Therefore, software companies find that it is far more profitable to develop software that is for use on a PC instead of a Mac. There is such a variety of software written for PC's that is unavailable for Macs that it
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Today, however, Windows XP has greatly reduced the gap between the two systems. The main problem with the Mac OS is the fact that applications could be in any of several places, such as the Dock, the Desktop, or the Applications folder. With Windows XP, all applications can be accessed from the Start menu, as well as in other ways (Kaufman, 2003). Another area that Macs are ahead of PC's in is stability. The Mac OS is built on the UNIX operating system, which is by far more stable that PC's own foundations. This results in fewer crashes with the system. The Mac systems are also more stable because Apple controls everything that is plugged into the system, and each system is complete straight out of the box. With PCs, there are more peripherals to plug in, and a wide variety of different add-ons available, increasing the likelihood of device conflicts (Kaufman, 2003). The people who create Macs have managed to get very far ahead of those who create PC's in design points. The Mac has been detailed to perfection, and looks sleek and simple. The PC, on the other hand, is basically a bunch of boxes and things stuck together, far clunkier, and less appealing visually. The iMac is a very compact machine, and it doesn't have random buttons and things distracting from its design. The desktop PC, however, is large and clutters up any space without looking anywhere near as simply elegant as the Mac (Kaufman, 2003)(Apple, 2006). Although

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