information, that would be really helpful.
In a previous job, I was an IT manager for a large telecommunications company in California with reponsibility of interconnecting 13 offices, the computing environments, printers, file servers, email, network security and remote access. We had about 500 Windows machines and about 500 Macintoshes.
Including me, there were 6 of us. For every 1 Macintosh problem we had, there were about 5 Windows problems. When we were trashing old Windows machines, people were fighting over whether they could buy the Macintoshes being cycled out. When new machines came in, many of those with Windows machines wanted to switch.
What experience do you have? You obviously use Windows. For everyone's benefit, you should probably stay with that computing environment.
Just as the CPU clock speed argument went out the window years ago, so did the "number of useful applications" and external dongle discussion. You seem to want to inflame the "Windows is better - Apple should just die" discussion that went away so many years ago. Is the Apple Macintosh so threatening to your Windows ego?
I know there are many more applications for Windows - but it does not matter. The reason it does not matter - to *most* people - is because *most people* don't need the things that run in DOS or are not compatable with Microsoft Office or are so poorly written, very few folks use them. But, since the Macintosh does run Windows, then it *could* run these sorry excuses for software if the user really needs it. No one is trying to shove a Mac down your throat - and personally, I am a supporter of using the correct machine for the end-user's requirements, regardless of operating system. Linux is just peachy, too.
Look at your own machine. How many productive, useful, applications do you actually use? I would argue that games are not productive applications... so I will leave them off the list. Tell you what - I will trade you the 8,000 useless games for the 114,000 viruses - and call that discussion dead.
As for the REALLY good games - use a gaming console like w PS3 or a Wii or a Nintendo or an X-box...
Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, database, image manipulation, video editing, 3-D modeling, DVD menuing generation, animation rendering, Internet browser, audio manipulation and budgeting takes me to 10 productivity applications I need... plus various utilities... lets say for round numbers, 50 applications, total. There are good equivalents for Windows, Macintosh and Unix (and variants) operating systems. Same with the others productive applications I have listed.
I have a Windows XP HP laptop (that my company makes me use) and I spend my own hard-earned money on Macintoshes for my home use.
You can go have this discussion on a thread with newbies, but it won't be much fun for you with people who have actual experience.