- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 4, 2006

…So a friend and I were chatting today; their next big purchase, they said, was a notebook to replace an older, last-century model. Should they go with a Windows laptop from Dell/HP/Toshiba/ACER or fork over around $1,300 for an Apple Computer iBook?

I offered some thoughts, but after we hung up, a simple test occurred to me, and I believe it can be applied to just about any computer-buying situation.

When buying a computer, ask yourself this question: How much am I willing to devote to care and upkeep? If the answer is “as little time and effort as possible,” you might want to investigate the Macintosh platform. In my opinion, the Mac operating system, known as OS X, is more stable, more “bulletproof,” if you will, than Microsoft Windows happens to be right now. This may change, but for now, it’s how I see it.

Just about every PC application has its equivalent or equal on the Mac; there are very few totally unique items out there. If you need one of those, however, and it runs only on Windows, you’re kind of stuck for now: the latest Macs aren’t yet running Windows emulation software. But that may yet change (some enterprising souls have made Windows run on Intel-based Macs), and in any case, I suspect the numbers of folks who can only run Windows and nothing else are a diminishing lot.

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