Tech Talk: 4 Purely Logical Reasons People Buy Macs

This post covers 4 reasons why people end up buying Macs.

Without getting into the big debate between Windows computers and Macs, I wanted to expound on some purely logical reasons why people buy Macs.

Not to reason why one SHOULD buy a Mac, but to explore why people buy Macs, period.

This post was inspired in part by the book, Mac Secrets, by Mark Hattersley.

1

Security

A good friend of mine was lamenting over the virus problems he’s had with his Windows PC. And while it’s possible that Macs CAN get viruses too, compared to Windows machines it’s very rare, and unlikely. So, my friend is hoping to get a Mac soon.

I’ve owned Macs for years and really haven’t had any virus & malware problems whatsoever. In fact, I also work with Windows and Linux computers and I’ve actually had a couple of hacker intrusion problems with them.

The Mac, we can reason, has a unique, closed computer architecture that makes it even harder for hackers to penetrate. Or at least make that probability rare.

Yes, while it’s true that the Windows and Linux platforms are much more customizable than Macs, that makes them much more open and vulnerable to viruses, malware intrusions and other hacker exploits.

2

Design

There’s no doubt that Macs are elegantly designed and pretty to look at. To the point that, if you don’t own one you might secretly wish you had one, even though you are defending the non-Mac computer you already have.

Mac laptops look pretty amazing, plain and simple. They are sleek and hip, and generally appeal to the creative and computer savvy person.

3

Reliability

There’s no doubt that Macs are built well. The somewhat closed architecture has been critiqued, but software and hardware are beautifully constructed in a match made in digital heaven.

Also significant is the fact that Mac OS X sits on top of a UNIX-based foundation known as “Darwin” BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution), a derivative of the UNIX operating system. This makes the Mac quite solid and secure as a computer platform. And also makes the system fast, and lean.

4

Intuitive

Let’s face it. A Mac is easy to use. Kindergarten kids can use them.

The Mac’s “User Interface” is exceptionally intuitive and logical, which has given the Mac the reputation that it’s a beginner’s computer, or dumbed down, so to speak. Which is far from the truth.

As I mentioned in Reason No. 3, the Mac OS is built on top of UNIX, and that should be a big plus for those computer savvy geeks who want to tinker with the Mac’s underpinnings and the command line. Why make things harder and make people second guess where everything is?

Apple has always made “user-friendly” one of its core objectives in computer design.

Buy the book, Mac Secrets, from Amazon.com.

Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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