PC'S ARE MORE POWERFUL
Pinning down what Power is, and explaining the facts.
Of all the PC myths,
this is my favorite - it has been around the longest. From
the day the Mac was released, PC-users were telling Mac
users that "the Mac is just a toy", that the GUI was "just a
fad" or a game and not for serious work, and that the Mac
couldn't do what the PC could do.
Of course the opposite was true -
the Mac enabled whole categories of Software that had
never existed before (like desktop publishing), and 7 years
later the PC's actually got a GUI. 11 years from the
introduction of the Mac - PC's got Windows95 which is
supposed to make PC's as good as a Mac with innovations like
long file names, or something that pretends to work like the
Mac finder. So it seems like PC users were wrong all along -
and still are.
I still hear from PC-Users that "the PC's are more
Powerful" - usually from those that have no ability to back
up their claims, or even understand what real power is. The
first thing I try to do is pin them down and figure out what
Is power = expandability? Macs are more
expandable, and more importantly come more "expanded" so
that they are less likely to need to be expanded later -- so
that can not be it.
Is power which machine is faster? Macs are usually faster
for what people need speed for - so that can't be it either.
When you are talking about which machine is faster there
is the issue of just being faster, or being able to do work
faster (productivity). Well many studies have shown that the
Mac users are more productive so productivity is definitely
not power to a PC user.
Is power which machine is easier to upgrade or easier to
configure or works better once it is set up? Hmmm, Macs have
PnP that works (and have had so for years) and are easier to
upgrade and configure - so it can't be that.
Or maybe power is stability and the likelihood of your
Application or system not to crash? Well Macs have been
Windows in these areas since the beginning. Only
now are PC's becoming close to as stable as Macs - so that
seems to be the latest arguing point. But PC advocates don't
want to look at overall stability -just at small parts of
stability in which they excel. When you look at overall
stability the Mac is still far ahead of them - and then
amusingly they (and the press) use terms like "outdated" or
"crashable" to describe the Mac. While it is true Macs can
get better, this is definitely a case of the proverbial pot
calling the proverbial snowman black.
Could power be the ability to run multiple applications
at the same time? Or to take advantage of Powerful concepts
like MP? Well Macs can do MP, and Win95 can not - so that
probably is not the definition of power.
How about the ability to enable people to do new things
first, to allow people to stretch their horizons and lead in
capabilities - that could be Power? But Macs have lead in
almost every single Microcomputer innovation - so again that
is probably not a PC users definition of power.
Is it a CLI? Many claim that the GUI was a toy and could
be used for serious work - and now the majority of machines
are used that way. So a CLI can't be more powerful, and in
fact it seems that for most users the GUI is more powerful.
Or could Power actually be a combination of all these
things? Well since Macs clearly beat PC's in almost every
single area, and the remaining few are very open to dispute,
and since the Macs do it all from within one
OS - while the PC's "Powerful" capabilities
are among mutually exclusive choices (DOS, Windows95 or
WindowsNT) - I think the last place a PC-advocates wants to
define power is as the combination of these things. Usually
PC users want to define Power in the area that a
knowledgeable Mac user is not discussing at that particular
The definition of power to a PC users seems to be
ethereal. They will give you a definition of power, and when
you show the advantages of the Mac (or other system) over
the PC and they will change the definition. Then you can
nail them down again, and again it will change - it is like
pushing down on a blob of mercury. So the solution seems to
be the shotgun approach - just cover all the bases at once
-- blast all their little myopic arguments down in one
tremendous roar, then maybe they will see that the computer
that is the most powerful is the one that people can
use the best without having to be trained to think like a
machine (or engineer) - and in that there is no dispute, it
is the Macintosh.
The pages in this section are to explain each of the
concepts of power - and show why the Mac really is the
computer for "the rest of us".