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Monday, October 23, 2006

MAC or PC?

I've never bought my own computer before. I know! Can you believe it? Maybe those of you getting paid by a parish are saying "oh yeah, sister, I can believe it".

However, I think that there is an apostolate here, to connect Youth Ministers via the web and provide good resources. I haven't done even half of what I'd like to do here. Partly because of time-but partly because I don't have a computer at home to work on.

So, I've started the process of investigating which one will be a better fit. This is going to be insane because I generally research any equipment over $40.

Those of you here are obviously on computers, so I'll ask you:

MAC or PC?

12 Comments:

Anonymous Sharon said...

We like our Dells. But get the best accidental breakage coverage that you can get, if you purchase a laptop. The something-or-other (yes, that is a technical term) in my daughter's laptop quit working almost 3 years after she bought it and they sent her an entire new part to install. No charge.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Scott said...

Jen,
MACS Rule! PCs Drule! I would highly recommend the new white macbook... we just purchased one for home and it is terrific for creating photo slideshows, making movies, producing DVDs, while creating, recording, and adding music seamlessly. The Mac is a creative person's best friend. Take it from me and (Dom) we love the Mac!

10:12 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

what are you going to use if for MOST?

11:37 PM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

well, well, well! he DOES exist!
Scott, you stink at email. I thought you'd brushed me off! Whatever, dude.
;-)
I have to admit, the creativeness of the MACS is what's drawing me to them. However, their share of the market is so small that I wonder about it's ability to work with PC programs (what I have at work, what friends and family have, etc). I could make an Imovie, say, but who could see it?

Tim, I'll use it to make a better web site here, for my grad studies, personal fun, y'know.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband is a graphic designer and has MACs if you want to use more creative programs with better quality go MAC. Apple Computers can also use programs from Windows such as Word,Publisher,etc. So you can still email out in programs for PCs. Plus, you get less viruses and computer "illnesses" with MACs. I would never go back to a PC.

5:22 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

I have a Dell PC. It works fine for my purposes. I like Wordperfect and use that a lot. However, don't underestimate the advantage of being able to make movies. I have a movie maker on my computer, but it has its glitches. If I were to buy a new computer, I would seriously consider a MAC because movie making is a great tool for youth ministry. Some of the best things I've ever been associated with in youth ministry were centered around a video we made. Teens love to watch tv/movies. If you have a rowdy group of teens that you're trying to give some instruction to, turn out the lights, put in a DVD and watch them focus. It's incredible how quickly that quiets a room - at least long enough to see what's going to be on the tv. I've done a lot of videos using various adult volunteers, our pastor, even people who don't go to our church (good outreach). The teens really get a kick out of seeing us adults make *sses out of ourselves. All in the name of ministry, of course. And if you can work local landmarks into your video (the mall, high school, pizza joint, Friendly's, etc), it can really get their attention. With today's digital video cameras, anyone can film. The hard part is editing what you filmed - which is where the MAC comes in. I think you'll find that MAC has much better video editing programs than Dell or other PC brands. Anyway, that's one consideration.
As an aside, if you are using your computer mostly for church activities, I wonder if you could have the church purchase it for you and get a break on taxes, or claim it as a donation on your tax return. I don't know the answer. just something to consider.

8:06 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

Mac all the way baby! Trust me, as a complete stranger (and a graphic designer), to impart my unbiased knowledge to you. You will be a happier person with a Mac.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Lindsey said...

By the way, do you know Barbara Morgan? I hear you went to Steubie (from Paul and Christy). She's my grandma.

9:27 PM  
Anonymous PB said...

Are you seriously serious?????? Of course you should buy a mac. No question. I thought we already cleared this up.

11:09 PM  
Blogger Don said...

PCs have a market share of 97 to 98%, Macs 2 to 3%. If you want a computer that is compatible with ones chosen by the vast majority of users, this should answer your question.

10:28 AM  
Blogger TCYM Lounge said...

Hi Lindsey
I did not have the fortune to meet your grandmother, but see the fruit of her work all over the place. In fact, I'm in a graduate Catechetics course this semester!

How is she? You can email me if you prefer.

For those wondering, we are referring to the great Barbara Morgan, who revolutionized the Catechetics program here.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

You know, on some of the new Macs, you can install Windows and run it just like any other program. So, you can still use Windows software, etc, but if it crashes (as it's known to do), you can just close it. It's not the cheapest option, but you do get the best of both worlds.

File-type issues are becoming less and less nowadays, anyway, since so much information is transmitted over the internet and thus needs to be compatible across many different platforms.

I'd echo the comment about getting a good warranty, especially if you're getting a laptop. The hard drives on those little guys have a rather high failure rate, since all the moving parts are packed in really close, and get jostled around a fair amount (it's worth it though, IMHO, to have the ability to take the thing to the coffee shop and work, plug it into a projector and show presentations, etc., etc.) Some warranties (e.g.,Best Buy) cover battery replacement as well, and since that's something you will want to do every year-and-a-half or so, it ends up paying for itself.

2:04 PM  

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