Mac vs. PC ad nauseam
Even I have my limits when it comes to arguments.
So I would like to say:
“Will everyone just pipe down!”
I don’t care which machine is more or less secure, that isn’t an issue. Security is not the issue at all; it’s relative safety.
I have used windows since 3.1 and have never contracted a virus.
I have used Macs since os 9 and have never contracted a virus.
I have owned about equal numbers of both machines.
While nothing can protect users from themselves, we often forget that
safety and security are not the same thing.
This is why this whole thread is tosh; You trying to reconcile two
different arguments without distinguishing between them.
Take a gun for example, whether used in either Japan or the US, it is
equally deadly. But statistics say that Japan is safer. Is there
something about Japan that makes guns intrinsically less deadly? No
Are US citizens better trained at handguns on average than the
Are those from the US more likely to die when hit in the head by a
bullet? Who knows.
The PC has long since left the cliques of the University Labs and “IBM
Rooms” but the Mac still has an air of the quaint, little, local hippy
community where it was fathered, a place where everyone knows each
others’ first name.
There are still vestiges of this “Mac spirit” remaining, although they
are becoming harder and harder to find.
Still, just like I leave my house door open here in Japan more often
than I would in the US or the UK, I prefer to let my kids browse on
the Mac, just to be safe.
Sure there is a risk, but then, we all know that, don’t we… because
we’re not stupid.
This is of course changing and I will miss the Mac when it goes
mainstream, when it will be just another PC, only one running OSX
instead of W7 or Linux.
We are all on the same side here we want a safe place for ourselves
and our families and businesses.
Let’s not spend this time divided and bickering like kids in the
playground saying their father is toughest. Instead, we should use the
nous we have to hunt down the ba * ds who make the malware and
educate those around us.