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Computer Advice…..HELP!!


No, my computer hasn’t crashed.


And this advice isn’t urgent.  But if you have a second, let me pick your brain.



I know people feel strongly one way or the other about this………but the question is, are you a MAC or PC user?

And then, of course, why?


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Okay, we have always been PC users.  They have always worked pretty well for us.  And the price?  Well, it’s obvious you can buy a lot more for your money.  But our computers always seem to get sick after a couple of years.  And I don’t know if it’s me, or how I use my computer, what programs I use……..or maybe that’s just normal.  But when I talk to MAC users, they always seem to talk about their computers lasting for years and years.  Is that crazy to believe?  Or are my MAC using friends just lucky?



I know we live in a PC world…..but those MACs are gaining ground.  There must be a reason for that, right?



I guess PCs and MACs are good for different things.  And I hear that for those who are designers, there’s no question that MACs are superior for that type of work.  PCs are better at other things…… maybe it all just comes down to what type of work you are doing on your computer???



I always seem to have 4 or 5 programs running at once on my PC.  Have you ever used Photoshop?  It’s a power sucker!!  But it’s open A LOT on my computer.  I also always have Picasa (photo storage program) open, sometimes Adobe Acrobat, a Word document or two, and then a few browser windows.  It makes my husband crazy…….because the result, is a sluggish computer.  (Hey, at least I put the toilet seat down!!) I know, this is probably just because my computer is older and needs to be updated.  And I need to close my programs when I’m not using them. But my goodness, keep up Little Missy.



Okay, now MAC users………..let me hear it.  Why do you like your MAC?  Do you just like being in the MAC club (haha) or is there really that much of a difference?



And MAC haters………what’s the deal?  What drives you crazy about those MACs??


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Oh, and what’s with you not needing much anti-virus stuff on a MAC?  I’m always on top of that with our PC, always cleaning out old files, always checking to see what’s lurching in the background, etc.  Do you really not install anti-virus on your MACs?




Is it obvious I’m on the fence? I use the computer a lot.  And I love having a desktop to spread out and work on my little hobbies.  So if I can find a computer that keeps things more organized, cuts down on loading time, and will last me longer……..I’m all over it.  So I would love to hear your thoughts.



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Okay, that was a mouthful. Thanks for reading.  And even more for responding.


If I could have you over to talk this through, I would.

We’re having leftovers for dinner?  Anyone want to join us? ;)


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  3. dawn shoemake says:

    I have used both macs at home and windows machines at work. Which are slow and have to have a lot of help. My husband is a mac technician so we have nothing but macs at home, he uses one at work and fixes them all day long. his big problems is mostly users errors. All of the bells and whistles(programs) come already installed for a mac with some window machines you have to purchase them. the reason for lack of anti virus for macs is because there is no virus written for them. there are a few trojan horses(different type of virus) out there for macs but as soon as apple fines out about them they write up dates to fix the problems. Macs do break but it takes a lot. they are well worth the money. Why would windows machines keep trying to come up with things to make it look like a mac and run like a mac. again it goes back to what you want to do with it. you just have to play with both and then decide what works for you best. Oh you can run windows on a mac so if you really need windows a mac can do that too.

  4. Ashlee says:

    We have an iMac, and a MacBook Pro, and an iPad, (and two iPhones)… so we’re a Mac family. The only problems we’ve ever had with Mac’s is my daughter (she was 12 weeks old at the time, so I blame my husband for this one) spilled water on our old MacBook Pro (aaaaaahhhh) and toasted it. Even though water damage isn’t covered under apple care, apple still took care of us and helped us through. Wonderful service, and I love that you can walk right in to any apple store and get it fixed (with an appt but they’re easy to schedule online).

  5. Hannah says:

    well, the macs are better, in my opinion. i have used both, but the windows is far slower, and bulkier. macs have shrotcuts for everything, the keys are easier to reach, they are more compact, and have a more sleek design. everything is insanely user friendly. have you ever had the experience that a program you reeeeealy want is only availiable on one platform, the opposite to your computer? well, with macs there is a program called boot camp. it runs windows programs quickly, with minimal errors. also when you quit a window of a program it doesn’t quit the whole program, thus meaning you can have less windows cluttering your work space. it also means that if you finish writing something in word, and you quit the window, but them have to make another file, it doesn’t need to re-start the entire program, which can be a little slow, even on a mac. one last thing – macs come in different colours!!!! you can buy skins, and get keyboard covers, in a rainbow of different colours and patterns! hope this helps you make up your mind, Hannah.

  6. Sarah says:

    I think the answer depends on how you plan to use it. I have one of each. My PC I use for business things – essentially Microsoft Office Suite — anything related to that, finance, etc. That’s my work computer. My personal computer I just switched to a Mac, and I really do love it. For personal, I watch a lot of online TV (hulu / netflix), do digital scrapbooking and design, and need the graphics powerhouse for which Mac is known. I’ve done that on PC, but truly do prefer it on Mac. However, I absolutely detest using Mac’s version of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. One would think PowerPoint would be fine on Mac, but it’s molasses. For what it’s worth… :)

  7. Sheri says:

    What a wonderful debate! I myself like PC Dells, now first let me tell you that some 30 years ago I went to college for Computer science when you use main frames, then I use whatever the college had at the time because you couldnt really afford a home PC right. Well then Apple donated some computer to the lab which was most interesting writing programs at the time I didnt care for them for many reason one you could only use them with themselves if that makes sense. The went back to PC it had a broader usage mainly forward a few years or so I started using PC at home as well as work, writing programs, then of course Windows came out which I fought like crazy I like doing my own Database programs right! I was crazy spending so much time writing instead of enjoying some free time. Well I converted to the Window PC now I have loved my HP, Dell every since, Oh Gateway too. Now there is one thing I do have to say is that you have many choice for PC as now Apple is out with alot more programs however the cost of Apple, and the programs were at one time very expensive and to some still to high in today market. Apple has a true following from the Steve Jobs fan club as many follow Michael Dell, and of course Bill Gates which all these guys are great in their own rights. I feel that people tend to buy buy hearing more about whichever person is in the news at the time to a degree. If you want to look at it as the PC user. Its all about how your personnal computer will be used I think. If net is where your at and you do alot of networking PC is nice with every program under the sun is offered. Mac are great to however I believe you have to purchase more programs over all than a windows based PC. I read one that said the organization was better on a MAC that to me is not true its all about how you run it, what program you have set to do the job at hand. So bottom line is check out consumer reports for the best feedback on customer service, warranty to help. For viruses I love my Microsoft Virus protection its Free, and boy does it work and this comes from someone that was a Norton, and Trend fan for years. I have had one virus its all about where you go, out you clean, and take care of the programs, computer and your email. Just have to be smart with any computer use common sense in opening emails, going into site that are less like to have someone playing in it. Hackers want info and money. I have safety on mine 3 pc 3 laptops in my network and knock on wood have been very lucky. So you have both lovers I the PC and MAC user will always love them as well. I have never ever had an issue with my Dell, HP a little but minor. I like the idea of getting any little program possible, I dont like the idea of the limited amout for Apple. Good lucky I am sure you will enjoy whatever you get as most of use do.

  8. Amber says:

    I grew up on PC’s. I knew a lot about PC’s and was so used to the layout of microsoft. I was totally a PC person. I married a mac person. We each had our laptops, but then mine got stolen. I had to decide whether to switch to a mac or replace it with a pc again. My husband kept showing me his computer. After playing around on it I decided to get a macbook. BEST CHOICE EVER! It is SO much better for organization! Iphoto is amazing because it lets you select certain pictures to put in different folders as you upload them. With my pc I had to organize pictures later…which would never get done. PLUS there is a program that allows you to run both OSX and windows on the mac! So if you don’t want to have to relearn everything right at first you can use windows. Go with a mac…you won’t regret it…coming from a previous PC fan.

  9. Suzy says:

    We are both. # 1 dislike about apple products the quirks. They aren’t compatible with other things outside the apple world and they upgrade os all the the your comp after a few yrs won’t allow the up grade. Our harddrive crashed at 2yrs. PCs aren’t as good at the techy stuff and don’t like their os as much. Apple is much more idiot proof. We like both just do different stuff on each one.

  10. Malori says:

    I am a MAC, but I think it’s all about your personal preference. My husband had a MAC when we got married, and we bought me one later – and I am madly in love with it!!!
    They do work better for video editing and animation, but as far as the details of them….I don’t know. I just know that we have had one for 5 years and one for 3 years and the only problem we ran into was needing to replace a battery……..

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  12. Anonymous says:

    Mac…hands down. Could bore you with specifics but assume they are pretty much covered above. Was PC-changed to MAC b/c use Photoshop and photo browser while running internet and 3 or 4 other things and it doesn’t miss a beat.

    ALSO, if you change platforms, I am pretty sure Adobe gives you a super discount to change the same version of Photoshop from PC to Mac. Just sayin…

  13. jean D says:

    Love my Mac, have had one since 1982. I used to teach for the Bay Area Mac Users Group and one of the places I taught was at the senior center. The seniors really preferred the mac, because it was so much easier to use and much less intimidating.
    One of the reasons that Macs don’t have viruses is because there aren’t enough Macs to make it fun for the hackers. But the Macs ARE more resistant to viruses. i only recently installed an anti-virus program after nearly 20 years.
    I am a yearbook adviser and have to fight to keep Macs, as the district IT guys like PCs, but I think it is really important to keep the macs, as they are so much better at graphic design. I don’t remember which movie it was, but I think that it was one of the Star Wars where they had banks of Macs to support the special effects.

  14. Shiloh says:

    I am a graphic and web designer. I am constantly using adobe photoshop, illustrator and dreamweaver. I use to be a pc user, and a die hard at that. About 6 months ago I was forced into using a mac to design some projects. I have not turned back since. I have 2 pc laptops that are now collecting dust at my house. a duel screen mac pro at my office and a macbook pro. The time it took me to learn things on a mac was about 1 day, and I will never go back. My wife uses my macbook when I am home, and she loves it.

    Macbooks while they might be more expensive are worth every penny. I wouldn’t do anything else, and this is coming from a guy who was very one sided towards pc’s only 6 months ago.

  15. Camillia says:

    I’m a little behind on answering this but I thought I’d throw my 2 cents in anyway. I used to be a loyal PC user until about 5 years ago when my boss had me working on a project with his personal MacBook. At first using it was completely confusing but I really did catch on fast and came to see what every other Mac user says – they really are easier and more user friendly. About a year after that a friend of mine was selling her old MacBook to get a new one. There wasn’t anything wrong with the old one, she just wanted the new one. So, I bought it from her and she gave me a killer deal on it. I still use it to this day and I LOVE it. It is about 9 years old and it’s just like new. Never had any virus problems or any of that junk that you have to deal with on a PC. I use it for everything you could imagine. My husband needs a new computer for his office and despite the cost being so much more there is no question that we will be getting him a Mac. More cost now but so much less down the road. We are and always will be a Mac family!

  16. Kristen says:

    I saved for a year to buy my mac and you’d have been hard pressed to find anyone more excited to take the plunge. They actually talked me down (from the 17in pro) to the 13 in macbook. I’d definitely suggest going for the larger screen/ hard drive/ extra ports. I’m sorry I conceded.

    Unfortunately, I ‘think like a pc’ and therefore I have found nothing but endless frustration on my mac. I don’t use photoshop, but if you are planning to do anything in the MS suite budget for MS Office 2010 (it has the ribbon and updates like 2007 for pc. Don’t even bother with Mac Office 2008.)

    The security is true- you don’t need to install anything. The battery life is amazing. The graphics and construction are far superior. It does seem to run faster, but since I don’t know how to use any of the programs I don’t often multitask. And I’m afraid it will never die and I won’t ever have a reason to upgrade.

    That said, I was recently given the chance to swap my mac for a comparable pc and I turned it down. I really feel the future is Apple. But if you don’t know anyone who can help you through the transition, plan to make those classes Apple offers your top priority.

  17. Talia says:

    My hubby converted me to macs when we got married. I’ll never look back!

    It’s a common misconception that you get more for your $$ with PCs. They are cheaper, yes, but if you compare the specs most of the time they’re not anywhere near the same level! It’s just that Apple doesn’t have low-end computers. Why is this a good thing? Because you know you’re get quality, and some of the best computing power available!

    Also, it’s not true that there are NO virus’ for macs. But yes, it is true that you don’t have to worry about anti-virus software.
    There are several hundreds of thousands of PC virus, and less then 100 Mac virus’. Here’s the reason why:

    Windows (the OS you are most likely using on your PC) is made to work on nearly every type of computer. It has to be… flexible, and unfortunately with this flexibilty comes LOTS and lots of holes. Which is how virus’ work (just like human virus’). They find weak spots in your computer, and attack through there.
    Lion (the OS you will be using on your mac) is designed for a handful of computers. And actually, each OS is slightly different. No holes for virus’ to get through!

    Your mac will run periodic system updates, any time a weakness is found in OSX (nickname for this series of Mac operating systems), Apple is REALLY quick to release an update, and your computer is just as quick to download and install it for you (with your permission of course!).

    From my experience, your mac does last a long time (my husband’s old macbook is running about 7 years now), but you will want to upgrade before then anyway. We have just passed our computers down the family line (kids use the crappier ones), or use them for other purposes- a kitchen laptop for recipes, media PC for your iTunes, etc.

    Hope that helps!

  18. Ashley says:

    I loveee macs! Love that there are no know viruses to macs, and my laptop mac from college still works amazingly thats (6 years now) while my 3 year old desktop pc took a dump. My husband also has his mac laptop its 8 years old! Not really up to date. But it still be beating strong! Now have a beautiful desktop mac and I am in love. I couldn’t imagine going back to anything else unless something amazingly new came out. Well, and I could afford it :p

  19. Shelby says:

    It looks like you’ve gotten a ton of advise and someone may have already said this, but I want to make sure you have this bit of advise as well. If you do decide to get an Apple product, buy the longest term Apple Care package they offer (I got the 3 year)!! I know it seems like adding insult to injury when you’re already spending $2000+ to then have to pay $300+ in Apple Care on a brand new product, but believe me, it’s worth it!! You wouldn’t purchase such a high ticket item w/o insuring it, would you? Although I’ve had my Mac Book Pro since 2007, I have had a fair share of problems (the hard drive was replaced twice within the first two years and the optical drive went by the second year), I don’t know if I’m just the unlucky one, but w/o the Apple Care I would have been totally screwed! Apple Care took care of both problems which more than paid for the initial investment in the program. I’m well over my Apple Care warranty, but several years in the computer is doing great! My husband has had his for longer and it’s starting to get a bit slow, but nothing compared to what I used to go through on my PC. Oh, and the other thing I learned from all this: get yourself a nice terrabyte (or two or three) external and BACK UP EVERYTHING ALWAYS! The second time my hard drive gave out, I almost lost everything (which would have included all my pictures from living abroad in France) and ever since I have been meticulous about backing up my precious pictures. Best of luck, whatever you decide!

  20. Elisabeth says:

    We have had PCs till 5 years ago when we bought a Mac desktop. Space saver, fast, programs are amazing. I absolutely love the iphoto, imovie, and idvd. I have a 5year old and a 3 year old and I make photo slideshow dvds for everything they do. Birthday thank yous, TBall videos, wedding dvds, new baby slideshow. It is amazing and I can have a lot of things open at one time and have no problems with speed. The only down fall was the programs I have used for years, does not work on a Mac, but I have found others that do a wonderful job. We love our Mac so much we just went out and bought a Mac Book as well and now I can take my work with me. LOVE LOVE LOVE our Macs.

  21. Jenna says:

    One thing to remember too is Apples warranties are amazing. My mac that had been going strong for 3 yrs wouldnt turn on, I took it into the store they hooked it up and told me what was wrong and it was covered for FREE & now not a single problem!! I looked it up and the replacement would have cost me over $500. Their service is amazing. And the products are amazing. Mac all the way!!

  22. Hannah says:

    I wasn’t too keen on getting a mac when we made the switch; I didn’t want to learn how to do things over again. I quickly found that macs are very, very user-friendly. I love that I can have multiple pages / programs open, on the screen, at the same time. I can change their sizes and move them around the screen so that I look at my budget program and online banking at the same time, instead of toggling back and forth. I love the way iphoto organizes my pictures; it’s been a breeze to make photo books using the iphoto program. I don’t do many fancy things with our computer, but at this point I wouldn’t go back to a pc unless if I had to (because of price). My sister-in-law, who lives in a bigger city then I, was able to get a package for lessons / help at the apple store when she bought her computer. She would go in and the employees would teach her how to use different programs (like garage band, or imovie) well. Then, she could go back, work on her projects and ask for help if needed. If there is an apple store near you, it might be worth looking into.

    There is a reason that macs have such a good reputation. Kind of like the Harry Potter books. Some people resist reading them, because every one is doing it, but once you try them, you like them. :)

  23. Cheree says:

    I had only ever used a pc…until I quit my job to be SAHM. My work had always provided me with my own laptop…so it was time to get my own. My husband convinced me to get a macbook…so I did with the stipulation that if I didn’t like it, we’d get a pc. Well, 4 years later, my macbook is going strong. In those 4 years, I’ve upgraded the OS, the hard drive and the memory and that is it. As far as your question regarding why we don’t have to worry about viruses, etc., basically, not many hackers bother to write viruses for the mac (this is according to my master computer scientist husband). I’ve never had any viruses and he’s never had them either. He’s been using macs for 6 years, and I’ve been using them for 4.

    I’m a photoshop and illustrator user, and I’ve never had trouble using both of them at the same time. The cool thing for me was that it wasn’t much of a learning curve to switch. I thought it’d be harder, but it wasn’t. I’ll never go back…I love macs.

    The other cool thing I like about macs…is that I only reboot it when there are system updates. My computer never crashes…I love it.

    Good luck!

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