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Just wondering here, at my college (which isn't the most high tech one lol) there seems to be a general trend with people and the topic of Windows and Macs. Most Mac users I've met had bad experiences with computers running Windows and they switched because of them. And finally there seem to be a lot of this happening; whenever class discussion wanders to computers the inevitable Mac vc Windows argument happens. I've noticed that a lot of people (one of my better friends included) "hate" Macs, but have never even used them. Where does this anger come from? I'm not trying to play favorites here, I noticed a lot of Mac users here at college have attitude problems as well.
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I think it's because people get overly associated with the operating systems they use. It's not "I use Windows", it's usually "I'm a Windows guy/girl". So when you insult Windows, you're insulting their choice of operating systems. It shouldn't be like that, but it is...

Similar to cars, in a way. (If you're a car guy) I prefer Japanese made cars, therefore I get jabs from people who like domestics because they identify more with them than with Japanese cars.

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Just wondering here, at my college (which isn't the most high tech one lol) there seems to be a general trend with people and the topic of Windows and Macs. Most Mac users I've met had bad experiences with computers running Windows and they switched because of them. And finally there seem to be a lot of this happening; whenever class discussion wanders to computers the inevitable Mac vc Windows argument happens. I've noticed that a lot of people (one of my better friends included) "hate" Macs, but have never even used them. Where does this anger come from? I'm not trying to play favorites here, I noticed a lot of Mac users here at college have attitude problems as well.
My shcool hates mac so much that they've even blocked .Mac!!!

In the art department, they have macs, but the it guys still hate macs.

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I think it's the notion that a computer is an investment; no matter how cheap (I'm talking $299 Dell's that don't even have CD burners here) they are compared other computers, $300+ isn't exactly cheap. So if people are told that there was something better they could've spent they're money on, they get angry.

Again, it's just what I think; I could be wrong, probably am, just my 2˘.

I'd use Windows... but I like the Mac OS more.
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Kind of tieing in with what tough said, I think the price factor is a big part of it. "Oh, so you Mac users think your better than us windows users because you can afford your fancy schmancy Apple boxen?!" That sort of thing...which urks me a lot. I'm poor as dirt (I think some dirt may have more money that I do), yet I've managed to pick up not just one, but several very nice Apple computers (2 notebooks, and one tower). All of which I use more than the two x86 windoze boxen I have.

What people don't realise when you buy a Mac (this happens with Linux too), is that simply by having the OS, you are already getting a good handful of software that you would probably have to buy for windows. With all of the bundled in media apps and software you get with Mac OS and iLife, a good bit of the cost of a windows machine is covered. Think of iDVD, DVD player, iMovie, etc. With windows, you get windows media player. When it comes to DVDs, that's mediocre at best (if you're lucky). Good luck with that working with your dell's onboard graphics card with no DVD decoding

I think also kind of in the same area, is the false impression that there's "not as much software" for OS X, or that "software for OS X comes out years later than windows!". Both are blatently wrong. As most of you know, there are probably at least as many programs for OS X as there are for windows, if not more. About the only software we have to wait for is games, and with the Intel deal going on now, hopefully that soon won't be the case

I've never particuarly cared for windows a lot, and anymore, the only time I touch it is to play games. I don't foresee ever switching to windows as my primary OS.
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The greatest problem that I have noticed is one of operating system knowledge, for example, I would like to believe that I know Mac OSX fairly well, and I hardly know the Windows opertaing system. I think there is a certain "one upmanship" going on. For example, I go to LAN parties, and the Mac vs. Windows debate breaks out (with the occasional Linux involved) and being that I am the only Mac user at the LAN parties, my ability to effectively defend Mac is seriously diminished, since I have no supporters. Usually what happens is where I say where Mac is better, then one of the 6 others say something in response. Like, "well Mac doesn't haven't to worry about viruses (to the extent of needing x amount of virus scanners)" and then the Windows users say something like "well that is because Mac isn't popular (which does hold truth) and so they aren't targeted, plus, Mac does so poorly with compability, gaming, etc." The down-whirl spiral of arguments then insues, and from there we end with some agreement almost like those of religious debates "you like what you like, and I like what I like."
I think the solution, although not very easily obtained, is one where an individual looks at all the pros and cons of each operating system AND what they want to do with the computer, and also their knowledge of computers, and then make a decision based on that. Furthermore, it would be counter-productive to argue when one side (or in my case) both sides have very little knowledge of the opposing operating system, so one should research, or better yet, run the opposite opertaing system for a certain period of time, then makes arguments and assumptions about said operating system.

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Just wondering here, at my college (which isn't the most high tech one lol) there seems to be a general trend with people and the topic of Windows and Macs. Most Mac users I've met had bad experiences with computers running Windows and they switched because of them. And finally there seem to be a lot of this happening; whenever class discussion wanders to computers the inevitable Mac vc Windows argument happens. I've noticed that a lot of people (one of my better friends included) "hate" Macs, but have never even used them. Where does this anger come from? I'm not trying to play favorites here, I noticed a lot of Mac users here at college have attitude problems as well.
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I don't have that problem at my school because i'm the only mac user in town...

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It's funny, our school too has macs in the art department. They use Photoshop on it, and all work on G3 macs while the teacher has a 17" Rev A iMac (she got so pissed when I told her about my 20" G5 iSight) .
But elsewhere, it's all a cruddy Windows NT 2000 Network tht looks dull and is SLOW.

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