crazycanuck wrote: ResolutePear wrote: Rudy wrote:
kalvano wrote:Mac doesn't have the Trackpoint, therefore Mac is inferior.
And Lenovo doesn't have multi touch touchpads or magsafe power adapters.
As I said, it's a toss up based on how you assign utility- neither option dominates the other.
I disagree - for business applications, the Thinkpad murders the Macbook. Why? It has no security options - no fingerprint reader and no hardware-level encryption. Heck, lets talk about the software. Give me a Macbook and I'll have root in less than 3 minutes.
Why would I want to put my company's trade secrets and such on a mac? Hell, it even has clumsy HD encryption thanks only to strides made by the *Nix/BSD community.
Where the mac belongs is with multimedia consumers and professionals.
Thinkpads come with multi-touch now and theres a hack out now for the magsafe, too.
In a business/legal setting, the mac *IS* inferior.
Eh the finger print thing is really just a huge annoyance.
One aspect that a lot of people don't take into account is Macs resale value. I just sold my 1st generation Macbook for $600 when I bought it for $1000 4ish years ago. PCs don't tend to have that kind of resale value.
Agreed on fingerprint reader/ biometrics. They're annoying- a properly secure password would require about as much work as most commercial fingerprint readers to hack anyway- assuming you actually change your password as often as someone seriously concerned with security.
That being said, you're right, Mac's do not offer the degree of security (in terms of encryption and obvious file system) that a PC can have.
1. Most people are not even close to competent enough to deal with that.
2. This is the discussion for Law School, not the legal profession.
I maintain they're equally viable options for an academic setting. I wasn't aware of the multitouch on lenovo- I will have to get one next.
The hack for magsafe is interesting but see my point 1 above.
Edit: Also, why not just not keep such files encrypted? A properly encrypted file would be just as good/ better than a biometric lock.