Interesting point of view, in my opinion, let me look at this closely and share a few words ;
WALTER " The Mac is as good as Windows at these core tasks "
Me - The Mac is above and beyond WIndows.
WALTER " The Mac and Windows are close cousins "
Me - This person must receive shares from Microsoft, no way, the Mac is like Windows, example ; it does not crash every 10 minutes, you don't have to do repetitive restarts etc.,
WALTER " For instance, Apple uses a one-button mouse without a scroll wheel "
Me - Yes I love my one mouse button.
WALTER " And don't consider switching if your budget covers only the cost of the Mac itself ".
Me - On any platform, you have to purchase your own software, yes on Windows, there is an outstanding amount of piracy software, but the Mac people have pride and respect, the Mac includes a lot of bells and whistles that the PC world has to purchase separately, like a Video card, and audio card, an internal modem etc...
WALTER " Also, Windows users who rely on specialised business or technical software, or on custom software supplied by their employers, should be wary of switching ".
Me - I work with the Windows world since 1985, and have no problem exchanging files and documents on both platform. That includes Word, Excell, Quark, Illustrator, PhotShop, data Base, Pixar for animation, e-mails, web sites, managing web sites, name it, I have probably done it since 1985, etc...
When the personal computer, came to be had by most people, I visited stores who had both platforms, and there was absolutely no way, that I would have purchased a PC, with documents getting lost, what drive was it in, did you change the documents name by just adding a letter, and how can you find anything that you have to remember by exact name like " ab/..fzt,/wr. ", what does it mean, and what did it contain.
Even today, if you change any documents name by a simple letter in the Windows world, forget it, it's lost for ever.
The only big problem I am presently having, is web conferencing, with the Windows world, why is Apple not making iChat AV for Windows, they would take the market in a snap.
WALTER " You can enable a Mac to run Windows programs "
Me - LOL why would you.
WALTER " People who depend on their company's IT department to manage and support their home computers may find themselves locked into Windows. Most corporate computer staffs support only Windows and know little or nothing about Macs ".
Me - Narrow minded IT support.
My best friend worked for Bell & Sympatico as an IT guru, and although he admits his liking to the windows world, because he knows them inside out, he still support the Mac world, and often tells me that, he dreams of buying a MAc, he his just to stingy to spend the money, by getting a PC BOMB, and once he has loaded it with everything available on the market, he has spent as much as I have, but still claims that a Power Supply for a PC is $35.00 and cheap to replace, and I usually respond with the following " when did you hear of a MAc that needed a new Power Supply ??? ".
Yes it happens, but certainly not like the PC world.
WALTER " If you love Microsoft Outlook, you should also probably stick with Windows "
Me - If you actually like Outlook, maybe you should.
WALTER " If you use your PC mainly for games, avoid the Ma ".
Me - If you play games, don't buy a computer, get your self a XBox or Play Station ll.
WALTER " People who rely heavily on financial software may be unhappy with the Mac ".
Me - I don't think so, he better do his homework before speaking out on this subject.
WALTER " If you need an ultra light laptop for travelling ".
Me - When you want cheap, buy a PC, if you want stability, buy a MAC, weight has nothing to do with a good computer.
I will continue to lag around My PowerBook.
WALTER " If you use a portable music player other than Apple's iPod, or love the major subscription music service ".
Me - If you still use basics, do like me, get yourself a CD player, it's cheap, light weight, and goes a long ways on batteries, even travelling extensively by plane or other, I like my CD PLayer, how much space does a dozen CD's really take ???
Eventually, I will get to an iPod, for the moment, it's not a must, and believe me, i like toys.
WALTER " Of course, you can overcome most of these obstacles if you buy a Mac as a companion to, rather than a replacement for, a Windows machine ".
Me - Best advice so far, you should do so, and when you do, I will be Glad to welcome you to the world of Mac's.
WALTER " The bottom line is that the Mac is a great alternative for mainstream consumers doing mainstream tasks who are sick and tired of the Windows security crisis. But it isn't for everybody ".
Me - I have worked with both platforms since 1985, and to this day, there is no way, that you could convince me, that a PC running Windows as an emulator, than loading an application, that has to pass through the Windows emulator that the core language will come even remotely close to a Mac.
I am not narrow minded, I have touched both platforms, and the Mac is and will remain, the most stable machine, running a lot of software, and I no longer look at the price issue, because I no longer buy Mac's that are new off the shelf, I rather buy a used machine, in great shape, let some one else pay for the depreciation, and enjoy spending my $$$ on accessories and toys.
When I purchased my G4 last August, I had checked out the new G5 single 1.8, with my IT friend, and I will quote what he said, " This is no faster than your Dual 867mz ", and I may even say, that he is a nut for speed.
I am now considering an upgrade, and will start looking for a G5 Dual 2.25, and when they become affordable in consideration to my budget, i will buy.
The beauty of being open minded, is that where ever I go, and there is access to High speed internet, I can work, earn a living and do my thing.
All in all, " in my world, I am not a god, but there is my Mac's ".
My 2 cents. ( or should I say by the lenght of this post, my dollar and a half ) LOL