Should You Get PC or Mac?
(A very curious and amuzing text about PC, Mac, IBM and all… published in 1995 in the Practical Guide to Practically Everything. Information you can really use).
Get PC or Mac: It’s the toughest decision you’ll have to make in buying a computer
If you’ve ever wandered into a computer store, you’ve probably left with your head spinning. With so many different kinds of computers – Compaq, Toshiba, enith, IBM, Apple, and countless others – how will you ever know which one to buy? Basically, there is only one choice for the home user: a PC or a Macintosh.
PC stands for “personal computer”, the name of the first computer built especially for one person to use. PCs originally were made by IBM, but today many different computer manufacturers make PCs. This is why you sometimes hear people calling PCs “IBM-compatibles,” “BM clones,” or “PC-compatibles.” They all pretty much use the same type of software and hardware. PCs make up about 90 percent of the home computers in the world today.
Macintosh computers account for the remaining 10 percent. Apple Computer released the first Macintosh in 1984 and held the proprietary rights to its design until 1995, when the company announced that it would begin licensing the design to other manufactures. Since then, several companies have begun to manufacture clones of comparable quality.
Macintoshes (also known as Macs) use completely different software and hardware from PCs, which, until recently, made it impossible to exchange information between the two systems without special software. A new chip, called the Power PC, first introduced in 1994, now makes it possible for computers to “read” the different software.
Get Pc or Mac? Historically, Macs have been considered more “user-friendly” than PCs – their interface (what you see on the screen when you turn on the computer) is more intuitive or easy to learn – while PCs are for floks who care more about speed and data-crunching capabilities than pretty pictures.
But with today’s technology, there is very little difference between PCs and Macs. Moreover, as Apple and IMB continue to hammer out licensing and software agreements, the difference will continue to dwindle. The choice is a matter of personal preference and budget – PCs tend to be cheaper. But that too is changing now that Mac clones are being introduced. So get Pc or Mac, it’s up to you.
The soul of a new machine: Inside the box, behind the screen, and all over every inch of your desk. The essentials: Basic computing requires no more than a keyboard, a mouse, a monitor, and a central processing unit (CPU), with motherboard, internal hard disk drive CD-ROM drive and disk. Then come mouse, removable disk drive, floppy diskette, speaker, printer, scanner, Fax/modem
The year ahead: Know that computer prices will continue to drop. Expect better, faster machines every six months or so. Herald the new, cheaper Macintosh clones. Consider adding memory to handle the latest software. Get ready for the debut of the Microsoft online network. Say goodbye to black-and-white notebook computers. Try out touch-sensitive pads on notebook computers. Sample of the glitzy new CD-ROMs. Surf the World Wide Web with an easy-to-use browser.
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