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12/02/2006 05:29:51 PM · #1
Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!

and the Infoweek Article
12/02/2006 05:37:33 PM · #2
No way. I'm under 55.
12/02/2006 06:33:39 PM · #3
It's Darwinism. The suicide rate and heart disease are MUCH higher among PC users.
12/02/2006 07:05:04 PM · #4
<----25 and soon to be a Mac Man. (But still keeping my PC around ;-) )
12/02/2006 08:17:42 PM · #5
I've got a new Macbook Pro, a well-used Compaq laptop running Windows XP, a home-cooked desktop running windows XP and FC4, and a 1992 Powerbook that I saved from a scrap heap. I am 19 and I acquired all of these machines mostly on my own within the past year and a half.

I actually would have a hard time saying what the machine use is for the majority here. A lot of my friends run Linux on some machine, but after Mac went Intel, there have been a growing number of new Mac uses. Including myself.

Actually well, there really aren't that many people in the 18-24 demographic that I know of who use Macs, now that I think about it. Macs are pretty expensive, and too trendy/mainstream for a lot of people that I know :D
12/02/2006 08:28:38 PM · #6
The funny thing is that all this means is that when people get money, they buy a Mac. So PC users like me are just cheapskates.

You got me, it's true.
12/02/2006 08:30:05 PM · #7
Originally posted by wavelength:

The funny thing is that all this means is that when people get money, they buy a Mac. So PC users like me are just cheapskates.

You got me, it's true.


It is true. I only switched to Mac when I realized I could finally afford one :D
12/03/2006 09:37:40 AM · #8
A former skeptic of Mac. I am now saving for one :)

12/03/2006 09:46:34 AM · #9
Age and cunning will beat youth and ability every time.

This article was mentioned an several Mac related web sites. Other studies on the subject show these numbers to be way off. But who cares. Here's the stat that should convince people.

Known viruses for Windows - 115,000+
Known viruses for OS X - 0

And before the flaming begins, I am talking about viruses in the wild that have actually affected users.


12/03/2006 10:03:23 AM · #10
I'm 45 and I went for a IMAC about 2 mnts ago, now I wonder what took me so long
12/03/2006 10:26:17 AM · #11
My first machine was a Mac but I strayed to the dark side seduced by the promise of all that non-Mac software that seemed to be in circulation.
Major mistake.
Aside from discovering that there is in fact no non-Mac software that is actually worth having, aside from the need to constantly maintain anti-virus, and anti-spyware software, and aside from the inordinat amount of downtime caused by physical hardware faults, Windows is, in comparison, just damned clunky compared to the sleak smoothness of the Mas OS. It's like driving a clapped out Ford Fiesta instead of a Jaguar XJS - they both do the same job, but after using it all day one leaves you feeling knackered, tired and irritable, the other envigorated, lively, and enthused.
As soon as I pay off the motgage I'll be doing the prodigal son trip back to Mac. And, yes, I'll be pushing 55 when that happens so you can add me to the statistics!
12/03/2006 10:32:57 AM · #12
Originally posted by scarbrd:

Age and cunning will beat youth and ability every time.

This article was mentioned an several Mac related web sites. Other studies on the subject show these numbers to be way off. But who cares. Here's the stat that should convince people.

Known viruses for Windows - 115,000+
Known viruses for OS X - 0

And before the flaming begins, I am talking about viruses in the wild that have actually affected users.


Oh puhlease. Avoiding viruses is pretty bloody easy if you've got half a brain. In the time I've been using PCs (15ish years) I've been affected by exactly one virus that I can remember (it was the cute DOS one that turned your screen upside down). Suffices to say that no, I'm not convinced by that statistic.

If you're buying a Mac because you're afraid of viruses may I suggest that buying or downloading anti-virus software may be a cheaper alternative.
12/03/2006 10:39:13 AM · #13
Originally posted by TraumaHound:



Oh puhlease. Avoiding viruses is pretty bloody easy if you've got half a brain. In the time I've been using PCs (15ish years) I've been affected by exactly one virus that I can remember (it was the cute DOS one that turned your screen upside down). Suffices to say that no, I'm not convinced by that statistic.


The PC's where I work are always getting riddled with one virus or another and my old PC was ground down after a while, loaded with programs I didn't know had worked their way onto my drive.

I'm doing the same exact internet tasks with my Mac without any issues as of yet.

Message edited by author 2006-12-03 10:44:29.
12/03/2006 10:41:12 AM · #14
Originally posted by pawdrix:

Originally posted by TraumaHound:



Oh puhlease. Avoiding viruses is pretty bloody easy if you've got half a brain. In the time I've been using PCs (15ish years) I've been affected by exactly one virus that I can remember (it was the cute DOS one that turned your screen upside down). Suffices to say that no, I'm not convinced by that statistic.


The PC's where I work are always getting riddled with one virus or another and my old PC was ground down after a while, loaded with programs I didn't that worked their way onto my drive.

I'm doing the same exact internet tasks with my Mac without any issues as of yet.


Not saying it doesn't happen. I'm saying that it's easy to avoid.
12/03/2006 11:19:09 AM · #15
Originally posted by TraumaHound:


Not saying it doesn't happen. I'm saying that it's easy to avoid.


I agree I have had windows systems for a long time. I have had exactly one virus in the entire time, and it was because I had reformatted my pc and decided to check my e-mail while I was updating my ant-virus. I have a handicapped 9 year old who has his own pc that has never had a virus on it. I mean come on if a pc can be set up so a 9 year old with a wildly clicking mouse finger can keep virus' of his PC it can easily be done. (Smiley added so you can see the last lines were done as a poke of humor, although it is very true).

MattO


12/03/2006 11:37:59 AM · #16
Originally posted by TraumaHound:

Originally posted by pawdrix:

Originally posted by TraumaHound:



Oh puhlease. Avoiding viruses is pretty bloody easy if you've got half a brain. In the time I've been using PCs (15ish years) I've been affected by exactly one virus that I can remember (it was the cute DOS one that turned your screen upside down). Suffices to say that no, I'm not convinced by that statistic.


The PC's where I work are always getting riddled with one virus or another and my old PC was ground down after a while, loaded with programs I didn't that worked their way onto my drive.

I'm doing the same exact internet tasks with my Mac without any issues as of yet.


Not saying it doesn't happen. I'm saying that it's easy to avoid.


I don't disagree, however, being the computer guy in the family, when my siblings and parents ask my advice (knowing that I will be the one they call when there is a problem) I recommend a mac. That way they don't have to worry about malicious emails or EXE files that they are bombarded with and I don't have to clean up the mess when it does happen. And they are not burdened with the performace hits of virus scanners and the like.

as for the one virus you've had, that is exacly one more than I've ever had on a mac.

Use what you want. I know both platforms better than most know either one and at home I use a mac.

Message edited by author 2006-12-03 11:38:25.
12/03/2006 11:40:14 AM · #17
My testimonial: Been running Mac's for 25 years. Most of my work in the last 6 years is done over the internet. I've never protected for viruses and have never contracted one.
But, never having had a virus, I'm really not concerned about that. My concern is smoothly running operating systems and hardware.
In all those years and 8 models of Macs, I have spent a total of $100.00 on maintenance. That was to replace feeder brushes on my Apple ProWriter 600 which was 18 years old and had produced 550,000 copies.
I think these figures outweigh the extra expense of purchasing a Mac.

Also, during that time my brother has been a diehard PC guy. He had problems continuously with breakdowns, viruses and Microsoft gliches. Last year he purchased a Mac G5 dual 2.6. The only problem he's had is with a faulty (not Mac) ram stick. Now he's a happy boy.
12/03/2006 11:40:19 AM · #18
What about the tracking software? I seemed to have millions of those programs self download...without permission all the time.

Worse than viruses, IMO.

I don't think I have a single one on my Mac.
12/03/2006 11:48:02 AM · #19
There are Mac users on this forum? ;)

/runs off with his pc....
12/03/2006 07:01:41 PM · #20
Are there enough of us MacGeezers here to call us a bunch? I have been running a G5 single processor for over 3 years now, on the net about every day, and with about 20K pics in it plus about a solid month of music and video. So far, no glitches except once in a while I will get too many things at once going on, and have to close one or two to speed up what I am working with. I have installed a additional 160 G hard drive and 2 extra 1 gig ram sticks, but still chugging along with zero down time or software glitches. Any crashes so far seem to be pilot error. The correct figure a couple of months ago for the ratio of PC to Mac viruses is about 20K/1. The 3 for Mac are already canned long ago, and no new ones since. In the rarely used Mac support site, there is a section where the geekiest of geeks reside, and espouse this kind of info.
I use my son's lap top with windows when we travel, and it seems like going from a power drill to using a screw driver. Windows is popular, and it works, but like Traff said, it's a lot of effort to use for photo work.
The macs also have built in monitor calibration standard software which is nice if you want your pics to print like they look on the screen.
I would quickly replace mine with a new Mac if it got a direct lightning hit and didn't survive.
12/03/2006 07:24:04 PM · #21
I want a mac
12/04/2006 05:00:05 AM · #22
Originally posted by scarbrd:


Known viruses for Windows - 115,000+
Known viruses for OS X - 0

each virus dont work on every release of windows, the same way not all macs are running OS X. Also, most viruses affects a program that runs on windows, not the OS itself - so once again, the number gets over-blown because windows enjoys the largest 3rd party software available.
12/04/2006 10:10:14 AM · #23
Originally posted by crayon:

Originally posted by scarbrd:


Known viruses for Windows - 115,000+
Known viruses for OS X - 0

each virus dont work on every release of windows, the same way not all macs are running OS X. Also, most viruses affects a program that runs on windows, not the OS itself - so once again, the number gets over-blown because windows enjoys the largest 3rd party software available.


Actually, it is the OS or at least the openess of it. If you call IE a seperate application, then you have a point since most exploits are IE based.

Still the fact remains that out-of-the-box you need an administrator passowrd to install anything in OS X. With Windows, applications and controls can be installed without the users permission or even awareness that they are being installed. So even if it is the application, it is the OS that allows it to be installed without validation.

I hear Vista changes this. We'll see.
12/04/2006 10:12:14 AM · #24
geeze..lol... I just turned 29 and I only use macs, been using macs since... wow I cant even remeber.......

I have a pc but its a dust collector....

Message edited by author 2006-12-04 10:13:04.
12/04/2006 10:21:44 AM · #25
Originally posted by climbin2thetop:

I want a mac


A telling quote. I've NEVER heard anyone say, "I wish I had a PC" or "Man, am I glad I got a PC" or "Once you get a PC, you'll never go back to Mac." Ever see a Dell logo on the back window of a car? Apple enjoys a loyal customer base for good reason. Little wonder Mac users are older demographically... that's called wisdom. ;-)
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