Excuses not to switch from windows.

Lacero

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Jan 20, 2005
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Probably the biggest reason is inertia. Windows is "just good enough" for most people that by changing to OSX, would require more effort than just putting up with all the crap in Windows.
 

Drewswa77

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inertia

Lacero said:
Probably the biggest reason is inertia. Windows is "just good enough" for most people that by changing to OSX, would require more effort than just putting up with all the crap in Windows.
Inertia, thats a good word for it.
It causes people to lose control of their cars and their PCs
 

hcuar

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Jul 23, 2004
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Seems like an article about how great 3rd party browsers are for Windows. Doesn't seem to address the actual system switch. (as in switching to Linux or entirely to Apple)
 

Drewswa77

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hcuar said:
Seems like an article about how great 3rd party browsers are for Windows. Doesn't seem to address the actual system switch. (as in switching to Linux or entirely to Apple)
Yeah the main point is about foing to firefox or opera but in the beginning he states the reasons not to leave windows in general. At least I think thats what he's talking about here...

...I know I am like most people. With that I mean we all get into habits and modes of behavior that we are accustomed to...habits that make us comfortable...something we are familiar with. It gives us a sense of control. We do not like to expect surprises. We know where to plant our next step so we do not stumble and fall. In a few words, we are creatures of habit. We hate changes because that means we have to re-learn everything all over again. Where am I going with this? Ahh yes...this being a computer forum you know that this short preface will somehow be related to computers. It is. To get to my point, the behavior I just described to you and the rationale for such behavior apply to how we use computer software.

Why do we keep using certain software long after they've been proven to be buggy or software that are obsolete? There are lots of reasons. In the case of Windows, switching to a different operating system does not make a lot of sense and here are just some of the reasons why we keep using Windows:
1. you have to spend a lot of money to switch in terms of hardware and software
2. the learning curve is too steep to tackle
3. you know how to deal with the bugs & the solutions are free or cost very little and actually doable (you can live with them)
4. the support you get from free resource such as this forum, and from friends and relatives who use the same software are extensive and free
5. the availability of other supporting software (choice) are plenty
6. your hardware can still use it
7. it is familiar to you
8. you are too busy to learn new software
I'm sure there are lots of other reasons not included in my list....
 

iGary

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May 26, 2004
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People don't like change. Plain and simple.

They also don't want to invest the money in software if they already have Windows platform applications.

People think that Macs are incompatable with everything.

Three biggest hurdles to making a switcher.
 

dxm113

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Drewswa77 said:
3. you know how to deal with the bugs & the solutions are free or cost very little and actually doable (you can live with them)
That's laughable . . . if I'm paying my hard earned money for a computer, I want the D@MN thing to work. I don't want to spend my time fixing it and "living" with bugs . . . Nor do I want to spend more time ensuring it's security than actually using it.

I can live without the latest games, I can live without the greatest hardware. . .I CAN'T live with a computer bogged down with viruses, spyware, etc.
 

HL Tan

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Mar 6, 2005
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How about poor quality of their products and mainly: POOR SERVICE?

Do read APPLE's website: Support : Discussions.

Many have problems with their coms and yet AppleCare has rendered unsatisfactory assistance.
 

Blue Velvet

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Jul 4, 2004
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HL Tan said:
How about poor quality of their products and mainly: POOR SERVICE?

Do read APPLE's website: Support : Discussions.

Many have problems with their coms and yet AppleCare has rendered unsatisfactory assistance.
Apple have consistently come top of consumer's surveys of customer care and service.

Reading a support discussion is an unrepresentative sample of all users. The satisfied customers never complain...

That's not to say problems don't exist -- but you are overstating the issue.
 

wrldwzrd89

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Jun 6, 2003
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Norouzi said:
True, but people are lazy, and solitare already comes on the PC side, very usefull if your forced to use PC's at work.
Some corporations (like mine) remove Solitaire and all the other games (and forbid their re-installation) so you can't do this.

I was never a "switcher" per se. I've always been a Mac addict, if not always a Mac user. I actually don't play Solitaire on Windows (when it's available), choosing instead something more challenging (3D Pinball and Minesweeper usually).
 

Mechcozmo

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Jul 17, 2004
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cr2sh said:
tech nerd factor of building/customizing
Hey!

Just 'cause I open my computer(s) about once a week doesn't mean you can call me a nerd.... geek is fine, sounds better. :)
 

7on

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Mechcozmo said:
Hey!

Just 'cause I open my computer(s) about once a week doesn't mean you can call me a nerd.... geek is fine, sounds better. :)
As much a geek or nerd as it is taking apart and customizing automobiles
 

Norouzi

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cr2sh said:
CAD, abundant free (stolen) software, better hardware, tech nerd factor of building/customizing
Who says you can't customize a Mac? My PowerMac G4 came with a 20 GB hard drive, ATI Rage 128 Pro, 128MB RAM and a 450Mhz Processor, and a DVD-ROM drive.

My PowerMac now has a 30GB & 120GB hard drives, ATI Radeon 9000, 640MB RAM, a DVD-RW (which I purchased at WalMart for a PC with a "requirement" of a pentium 3 and works perfectly in my PowerMac) The processor is still a 450, but I plan to upgrade it to at least 1Ghz in the near future.

So I guess your right, you can't customise a Mac :D
 
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