Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Great Computer Debate Ended

"Mac or PC?" they often wonder. Since both choices refer to personal computers, the humorless and ever-exacting geek would ask, "Apple product or the other guys, running on Microsoft product?"

Macs are cool, I'll give you that. (And they're even cooler when right-click is enabled.)

On the other hand, Windows-based PCs can be inexpensive to buy and to upgrade. (Of course you can buy an expensive PC with everything in it already, but that's for suckas...) There are more parts available that are compatible with your run-of-the-mill IBMs and Sony VAIOs and HP Pavilions (and the cheaper brands, too!), and therefore it will be easier to find a better deal on PC parts than Apple parts.

Then again, XP is alright, but I've heard that Vista is software and peripheral companies are slowly creating drivers to work with Vista. Which is to say, that Vista was coded to be incompatible with stuff everyone already has (or so I've heard).

When I was in college, we had Macs in our film department. At the time, a lot of really good software applicable to the field of study had been created by Apple: Final Cut Pro would be the best example.

Then again, Adobe Premiere is same exact thing, but for Windows computers. And Pro Tools works for both both formats. And so does Photoshop. Is there any other program?

(It seems like Linux supergeek computers are left out. Super kick ass programs like Massive, which generates epic battle scenes, run on Linux PCs. But you need a really kick ass system. Anyhow...)

(And don't get me started with Macs running OS and Windows, and IBM-compatibles running Windows and a hacked OS...because I wouldn't know where to start. I'm not that computer literate, mind you.)

Anyway, once upon a time in our pop culture legendarium, Macs overwhelmingly had programs for creative-types, whereas PCs had the lion's share of cool computer games. I think the gap's closing in between the two, right? A well-built Windows computer works just fine with video editing, multitrack recording, and image enhancement programs. And the only PC games worth playing are compatible with both Mac OS and Windows (Vista not included).

The moral of the story: Choose your computer according to your budget (duh) and needs (double duh)...and abilities. If there's a will, there's a way (cliche, I know) if you don't have it in you to innovate within limits (computers or otherwise), then get out.

Then again, personal computers of all brands tend to crap out on you - the crash, the hourglass (Windows), and the wheel of misfortune (Mac OS) - so the solution isn't the personal computer, but the supercomputer:

(Just don't let Solid Snake plant plastic explosives on it...and you should be fine.)

Debate ended. Take that, Warren Cheswick!

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