PC vs Macs (Help)
Im sure i have heard a few people talking about apple mac computers on the live chat in the past and i wondered if i could ask a few questions about them on hear.
I have always used microsoft computers with windows but i have been thinking about changing and wondered what you get with an apple.
So as i have no idea can i ask,
Can you do everything you would do on the usual computer
Can you visit every web site
Would i notice much difference when i use it
What sort of spec would be good to get (im not sure if you look for the same as a normal pc)
Are 2nd hand ok and what sort of price.
Well i think thats about it for now,any answers would be great.
You get a piece of awesomeness to look at each day I have both and would say if you're going to be purely using it for match betting just get a PC.....its cheaper and does the job you need it for
Can you do everything you would do on the usual computer - yes.
Can you visit every web site - yes.
Would i notice much difference when i use it - I'm not convinced you would.
What sort of spec would be good to get (im not sure if you look for the same as a normal pc) - more or less the same I believe.
Are 2nd hand ok and what sort of price. 2nd hand computers never that great an idea. Macs more difficult to get repaired in my exp.
BIG advantage of Macs - less hackage. But more expensive and not necessary for MBing. In the circles I move in I know loads of people who can rebuild and modify PCs, virtually no-one who can do a Mac. (This doesn't stop ME asking stupid PC questions from time to time, btw )
I've been a mac user for the last 3 years and I don't think I'd ever choose to go back to PC's. I just find them quicker and more intuitive to use.
Having said that, it is true that a decent PC is easily adequate for matched betting purposes and would be cheaper. I'm not too sure about getting a second hand mac either, not something I've ever known anybody do.
I was a PC user, then a Mac user and then I started work and was given a work laptop so am back on windows again and have been for the past 9 years.
I personally find macs easier to use and faster, although it takes a while to get used to the mouse with only one button!
The one drawback with macs is that software isn't (or at least wasn't) usually as readily available. If you are into graphic design then mac is the way to go but if you want to play lots of games, then not all of them are always available. Having said that, I'm going back to 2001 and things have probably changed since then. At the time Microsoft Office didn't really exist on macs and it was a bit of a nightmare sharing MS documents with others.
My father has a Mac and loves it, my bro and sis both have PCs and they hate the Mac...If I were you, I'd try to have a play on somebody else's and see what you think.
"Less hackage" Probably that would be the top reason why I'd go for a Mac
Originally Posted by muntjack
I think the question of whether Macs are more secure than PCs is quite interesting. Statistically it is probably true that Macs are more secure than PCs. However this is probably ONLY as a result of the fact that PCs are more popular than Macs, so criminals have a larger target to 'hit' and don't bother looking for exploits in Mac OS's as much as on Windows (the same goes for Linux).
Originally Posted by BigPlayer
At the end of the day it's a question of economics. If you're a cybercriminal it makes more sense to target the 90% of users that use Windows, rather than the much smaller 5% (or whatever it is) of users that use Mac based OS's.
Also with the latest MS operating systems like Windows 7, there isn't really a lot of difference between win7 and osx in terms of security. As long as you keep them both updated on a regular basis you will generally be secure against common attacks (both Apple and Microsoft have become much more responsive to exploit disclosure in recent years).
All of which is to say - don't buy a Mac expecting it to be more secure by design, I would bet that there isn't a lot of difference between OS X and Windows 7 in terms of security.
This is quite a good article on the subject:
In their words: Experts weigh in on Mac vs. PC security | InSecurity Complex - CNET News
The general consensus there (from OS neutral experts) is that Windows 7 and OS X are fairly similar in terms of security (although the chart at the beginning of the article is interesting because it does suggest that Mac users feel more secure than PC users).
I have a refurbished 24" imac, bought direct from Apple about 2 years ago for about 70% of the 'new' price. In my case there is no difference whatsoever between it and a new one, in fact, when it was delivered it had a larger hard disk and more RAM then the spec. on the Apple site said. And it came with a 12 month warranty.
I use it for all my financial transactions rather than a pc.
As far as matched betting etc goes the only problems I have come up against are that some poker and casino clients will not run on OS X, so you would need an emulator such as Parallels or VirtualBox on which you would install a copy of Windows. Alternatively, you could just run those an an old pc.
I've never had a problem with virus/malware etc on a Mac; can't say the same abot pc's though.
With a mac you'll have trouble playing download casinos.
Of course, malwares out there maybe not to par with mac machines, however attackers are always coming up with different technologies, So at the end of the day the most safe system is actually the one you have the knowledge on how to secure it Meaning Windows, is largely used because of simplicity, all in all - if you keep you updates at all times I don’t see why you should have a problem with PCs