maxm2764 wrote:Jeez RP, did I hit a nerve?
My specifics aren't going to go as far into tech specs as yours did, because honestly, you probably know a whole lot more about it than I do. You could definitely teach me a lot about things like programming code because I by no means am trying to claim that I know everything there is to know about Mac's or PC's. I don't. Anyways.
My original comment had nothing to do with where the parts are manufactured or who makes them, so if it came off as that I'm sorry I miscommunicated my point. On a surface level, the aluminum unibody on the MBP line is a much better design than the plastic-composite material used on a Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba, ASUS, etc. The unibody design decreases the amount of "moving parts" thus contributing to a much lower rate of necessary maintenance. The design also keeps the entire unit cooler lowering the chances of overheating. And the design is entirely Apple's.
In practical terms, I think I'll just give my own personal experiences to defend my comment in regards to the hardware.
In undergrad I had one computer, and yes it was a Mac. I never had any issue with the hardware, both internal and external, of my laptop. The hard drive never failed, the battery life never decreased, the computer never overheated, I never had to replace a key on the keypad, etc.
My roommate on the other hand had three. A Toshiba, a Dell, and a Thinkpad. All three had to be replaced within 16 months of purchase due to some type of cosmetic or internal hardware malfunction. Again, this is my own personal experience so take it for what it is. Maybe mine I just an extreme case, but I want my computer to last more than 1-2 years. Oh also, the glossy LCD Display is crap, high-res anti-glare display FTW.
As far as Windows goes, I stand by my comment. To me, it seems cluttered. You could remove one unnecessary step from each task you're trying to example. For example, why is it that everytime I want to connect a peripheral device I have to install a driver to connect? The spyware and anti-virus programs that you have to install in order to safely operate the OS is a burden too. Mac's may be marked-up, but if you purchase a comparable PC with Windows and 1 or 2 virus protection programs you're getting damn close to the same price point.
And I've never really understood the "I use a PC but for people who want fewer hassles I recommend a Mac" argument. Why wouldn't you want fewer hassles?
Again, this is all personal preferences based on personal experiences. Maybe I've just been around a bad crop of PC's, I don't know. To each their own I guess.
And, just off of the top of my head, one example of corporate use of Mac and OSX is Reliant Energy. Reliant Energy runs their entire corporartion on Mac's and they're the largest energy provider in the South/Southwest and own multiple arenas, stadium, venues powered by Mac's and OSX. So it definitely can be done and can work out pretty well.
That's biased information. Once you bolt something down to the chassis, it's part of the body. Seat belts in a car is a good example of this. What you're trying to get at is the Thinkpad's HD chassis - it provides an anti-shock mechanism.
The unibody's purpose is aesthetics as it's been proven that the unibodies suffer something that the plastic counterparts don't: denting. Why do you think that Macbooks are now made with a plastic unibody?
Personal preference is fine - but when you're stating something to be factual, do so and elaborate. And that's regardless of how much one may know.. but once you get into "clutter" and the "better OS," be prepared to really talk about network stacks, kernels, pkg's and other updating mechanisms. Not to mention the tools of the trade for professionals in the IT field. Why? Because these are quantitative aspects.
TLS would ask no less of a thread debating law reviews, or employment in a particular field.
Talking about employment, I did look into Reliant Energy.. because the thought of using OSX by a company concerned with cost as it directly correlates to energy rates.. and the fact that it'd be pretty dangerous to run a mission-critical application on a consumer OS, I looked at several job postings from Reliant Energy. None of their IT jobs require OSX experience. Instead they require:
Integration of internal C#, .Net, Java and web applications for automation and reporting
C# and .NET are Microsoft technologies.. so I imagine they're running Windows paired with a SAP solution for their CRM, ERP, or whatever else they need. As for the low-level software and OS, I'm guessing that's a flavor of UNIX or a proprietary system altogether.