PC. I grew up on them, and know them well, and while I have nothing against macs, I gladly use the ipod and stuff, I prefer to stick with what I know in pcs, I know how to upgrade their hardware and I know all the keyboard shortcuts I need to. From what I hear, (and I know its not as bad as the internet makes it seem) upgrading a macs hardware is a real chore.
As a console gamer who detests keyboard and mouse for interacting in a 3D environment, gaming is utterly useless to me as a reason to just a computer.
I made the jump from XP to OS X (Leopard at the time) and I've never looked back. Its quirks take a bit of getting used to, but the simple things, like the bar on the top always having File, Edit, etc up there makes finding what you are looking for far easier. iTunes runs far better on Macs, and it works fine for what I need it for, (shuffling music and changing what's on my iPod.)
I have a copy of Windows 7 running as a virtual machine for the few things that I need a PC for. Now that I'm out of school, its mainly for VisiPics. I used to need it for 3DS Max and .NET, but I don't use either of those anymore. Its a fine system, but my Mac is 4 and still runs fine. I might have considered going back to PC for my next one if not for Win 8.
Which brings me to what I like to bitch about more than Mac/PC. The mobilification of computer OSes. This is a complaint about both OS X (Lion/Mountain Lion) and OS 8. Both seem to sacrifice function for form. Lion has buit in redundancies, like the app window when the Dock still exists. 8...I've only dicked around with for 5 minutes at Walmart, but I couldn't figure out how to minimize a window, so there's that.
Just...keep your tablet away from my laptop. If I want a tablet, I'll fucking get one. (that probably runs Android.)
I prefer Windows because it runs the programs I use a lot and Mac does weird things that bother me, but I would use either. like right now I am using my mac, just because the keyboard lights up, the fan has no vents on the bottom (lying down in bed atm). I like the fact the Mac has multiple desktops built in, and the fact that they can squeeze so much power out of their hardware. things that bug me are the position of the window menus, the fact that the programs still run after the main window is closed(especially on a laptop), the fact that you can't change what closing the lid does without third party software, and that half of the programs I use a lot won't run on it. unlike what a lot of people think, the mac does actually have two clicks. the one most people bring up (ctrl + click), and if you put two fingers down on the pad, then click. same thing works for taps, single finger and two finger taps are left and right clicks. on my PC with a Symantec mouse driver, I found that I can do the same taps as I can on the mac, which is cool. I tried it on my moms PC and it didn't work though.
If people put the money into a PC that the do with a Mac they would like the pc more --- Basically if you really like getting into computers you're going to end up liking the PC. If you don't care to dive in past the initial user interface you will probably be happy with a Mac.
Meh. I can't say I don't care, but I don't like either. I used to support PC 100% in the golden age of Windows XP, my most favourite OS of all time by a long shot. I hate the fact that Microsoft refuse to simply make money from my love for XP and keep coming up with annoying little reasons for why I "need" 7, which I don't like. There was no need for it to exist, Vista - even more so. Macs I find gimmicky and expensive beyond reason. The single click mouse is a silly idea, as well as pushing buttons on the keyboard to open the CD-Rom. In fact, the only thing that keeps me from switching to Linux is my love for Adobe Photoshop. But I might be tempted to do that and run it through Wine in all its potentially buggy glory if Windows 9 isn't a masterpiece of efficiency and logic, and isn't at all idiot-friendly. I somehow doubt that's gonna happen.
Android is just Google-flavoured Linux for mobile devices. Most user-friendly flavours of Linux (Debian-based Ubuntu and its flavours) provide a similar 'feel' to Android on the desktop (obviously without the touchscreen capabilities, but what ya gonna do? ).
Let's see, "PC" means "Personal Computer" which covers anything from a calculator you own (personal computation device) to a game console (let's face it, ALL game consoles nowadays are cut-down PC's with funky cases and OSes that aren't commercially available separate from the device) to your Windows, Mac or Linux desktop (or laptop).
Universal solution that applies to every computer: don't run code you don't trust. Even most secure system is compromised when you TELL it to run malicious code (even sandboxed).
Solution until Windows is more secure: use Linux (or BSD, but there is 99% chance that Linux will be better for you) for most of things you do. If for some reason you can't, then always use a newest version of Windows and an antivirus.
It really depends on what I want to accomplish... I own a PC running Windows 7, an iMac and a laptop running Ubuntu. Depending on what I need to do (play games, write programs or stuff etc.) I use one or another.
lol, I voted PC while using a mac. I'm a programmer, so I'm used to using both, but I still prefer PCs. PC's are concerned with being productive, while macs are more about being fun to use. As someone who works a lot with marketing as well, I can appreciate a mac's design, but my rational brain will choose PC over a mac any day. :/ (not to mention how pricy any Apple product is)
It's actually kind of funny, Macs ARE PCs by definition. To be correct, you mean a computer that runs Windows. /captian literal away!
But seriously though, [link] that link is to an image that lets you know all about macs. In reality, they're overpriced, less flexible counterparts to PCs, and I can't think of any reason to choose a Mac over a Windows OS.
And then there's Linux, which I have personally never run, but it sounds good.
IMHO major reason for buying a Mac would be OS X. A solid *nix operating system that has rather good UX. But it's not very flexible. And there's a lot of Linux-based systems - also solid *nix OSes with a lot of configurability and flexibility. The only things that are sometimes lacking are hardware compatibility and design. And maybe less games (similar as OS X) and some industry-grade apps.
BTW you can try most of Linux-based systems (such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint or elementary OS) without installing. You just record them on some media (CD/DVD/pendrive) and boot your PC using this media.
I use a mac, since my parents decided to buy one, but what I really want is a PC. You CAN game on macs because of different versions of games (LoL is one example) but the game usually has tons of bugs and so many problems that you would wish you had a PC to play it on. And my Mac sometimes makes schoolwork harder, because instead of having Microsoft word(which I use at school), Macs have textedit, which most people arent used to. So, I have a Mac, but sometimes i just really wish i had a PC. ._.
Actually, Win8 also has little to no ability to run programs that aren't downloaded directly from the Windows store.
This means that you have to get a developer's license and wait for your program to be approved BY Microsoft just to share a program with your friends, and there are certain restrictions, although I can't remember what they are. One of them, though, is a restriction on adult content, so games like Skyrim are out of the question before it even gets asked.
Gabe Newell, Notch and a few other internet celebrities of that sort are actually refusing to get their programs certified.
Looks like all of us are gonna have to stick with Windows 7, at least until Microsoft gets the idea in their head that that was a bad idea. I guess that's not bad- Windows 7 is a really good platform anyway.
Windows 8 is just a slightly updated Windows 7 (with all the same flaws and holes dating back as far as Win95) with a new skin (ex-Metro) optimised for touchscreen devices (and worthless on your proper dekstop system) and locked the fuck down so it's "My way or no way" from what Microsoft allow/deny (Ripping the App Store idea from Apple to boot -.-).