Well it seems that Mac users aren't as tech savvy and are "cool" such as nice build, collar length hair,jacket ,and maybe very normal, and it seems that Windows users have glasses, a little bit out of it, mathematically correct about about a bunch of stuff, and are just under average personalities? I REALLY do NOT believe this at all. What do you think and why does it seem that way? Glad to hear your answers all of the time! I don't believe it even though Bill Gates and Steve Jobs is a good example.
Answer by wgfinley · Aug 10, 2011 at 02:03 AM
I don't think Mac users are any less tech savvy, especially when your start comparing the bottom rung of tech skills (there are a lot of rich PC repairmen making tons of money because of stupid Windows users). However, most "geeks" want to tweak everything to their heart's desire. Macs, being the walled garden they are, are inherently not like that. You basically have to buy a Mac Pro to be able to do that. Therein lies the main difference, most of us just come to like the walled garden - you get more stuff done.
Answer by I got a round toit · Aug 11, 2011 at 03:30 AM
To give some background, I have sold computers for a number of years, been tech support for a number of years, have consulted for a number of years, and taught computers for a number of years, both Mac and Windows, so I do have lot of experience to draw on for the comments that follow.
To answer your question, you have to realize that there is a difference between perception and reality. Macintosh is advertised as easy to use, which is true and why many IT professionals will also recommend them to those who are new to computers and don't want to or can't learn the hoops you have to jump through to do what you want with Windows. Many of these same IT professionals will use a Mac at home because they don't want to keep troubleshooting computer issues when working with their home computer.
On the other hand, Mac OSX is a shell over a true, certified Unix command line operating system, so the true "nerd" or "geek" can do whatever they want without the constraints of OSX. While some self-proclaimed Windows experts say they would never use a Mac because it doesn't let them tinker and customize the operating system like Windows allows, are actually limiting themselves by not using Unix. While Linux is freely available, it is not a true Unix OS.
Most Windows users are quite unaware of what the OS can do, or even what programs they are using. Quite often when I try to help Windows users, it is obvious they have no clue. Ask them what e-mail program they use, and the answer is "Windows", what word processing program they use, "Windows" again, because they know the computer is a Windows computer and when they click on an icon on the desktop or taskbar, they can use that function, they don't even know that those may be different programs.
That is why I find it funny when Windows users often call Mac users "sheeple" or "iSheep", when in reality, there are many times more people who bought Windows computers because everyone else has one, or they were told by someone to get that. Since that slur is intended to mean that Mac users only choose Apple products because they are blindly following the herd, (or Steve Jobs), in reality that better describes the average Windows user.
As noted many times on the internet, many Windows (and to a lesser extent, Linux) users claim that they can build a better computer far cheaper than buying an Apple product, thus implying that people who know computers should select a non-Apple product, they conveniently forget to add in their time researching what components to install, the time involved in buying the various parts often from a number of different sources, and then of course the actual time to build, test, and then install everything from scratch, including the operating system of their choice. If they really sat down and computed their time at a realistic cost per hour, they would be shocked at how much that adds up to. Not so cheap any more, unless they don't value their time.
I can understand someone who has only used Windows not wanting to learn a new operating system and so staying with Windows, but no one can really say there is no learning curve any time you install the latest version of Windows, so why not switch to Mac? What I have found in my consulting and teaching years is that it is far easier to switch from Window to Mac than from Mac to Windows, disproving the theory that Windows is now as easy as Mac.
In fact, the only people I know who prefer Windows that have used both Windows and Mac enough to be equally comfortable with both are the real techie geeks who prefer to tinker with the computer when it has problems, or even if it doesn't, than actually use the computer as a tool. Well, in addition to using the computer as a tool.
So to cut this novel short, there is no way to stereotype people by which computer they use, only by how they use it and why they use it.
But as a last point, there have been studies done that show that (to state the obvious) the computers with the least downtime are the most productive, and Macs generally come out on top in these studies, but with many actions that take more keystrokes in Windows than Mac, even with computers that operate as they are supposed to, the Macs have an edge.
Answer by TRASH · Aug 10, 2011 at 02:21 AM
It used to be the other way around... that is until Mac became popular (mainly due to the iPod)... I think though that @wgfinley has a good point though... Macs aren't very tweak-able any more... whilst PCs are... That may lie though more in the fact that Apple make the Mac computers exclusively, while Windows doesn't.... Another good point is that Macs cost more than a comparable PC... so those who are more tech savvy buy PCs and then add-on and/or upgrade them... Also many tech savvy people (esp. gamers) build their own computers... and you can't do that with Apple (unless you build a hackintosh...which is semi-illegal)
Answer by firebirdtransam · Aug 10, 2011 at 02:51 PM
i don't think it's stereotyping at all, i think its more of what do you see the value in it? if you're a gamer, paying outrageous prices for specifications that don't seem worth it all can usually be a major turnoff to us high tech pc users, and yet despite the consistently lower end specs, it doesn't stop the entertainment industry from using macs as the most widely accepted form of editing photos & videos. part of this also has to come with the peace of mind that macs offer, not worrying about viruses or malware, and also having a backup utility built into mac, it makes it easier to store important files in the event they are lost. yes, windows has third party backup support, but its not 100% implemented into the OS or enforced. usually you have to pay for a pricey external hard drive & deal with some weird software to get your backup running. honestly, i would rather have a mac if it was affordable, but id rather spend 2 grand plus on a kick ass gaming desktop/laptop, not 2 grand on an aluminum computer that has specs from last year. also, it boils down to support, when something goes wrong with a mac, apple is generally really willing to help with the problem, whereas most OEM pc companies don't offer the same amazing level of support that apple does. so even though its more of an upfront cost than a pc, some may take into consideration the fact that if something goes wrong, they don't have to worry about much of a loss at downtime.
Answer by TechNinja · Aug 10, 2011 at 08:25 PM
Windows has less restrictions than the Mac OS X operating system, and therefore some people that prefer to fully customize every aspect of their computer (i.e. some Tech Savvy people) prefer Windows, due to both the software and (especially) hardware customizing potential . Additionally, it is commonly viewed (I don't want to have a Mac vs. PC war here) that the Mac OS X operating system is easier to use for the average person than Windows is. However, I do want to note that I am extremely tech-savvy, and I much prefer using Mac OS X than Windows. It seems like a more stable operating system that can be utilized for more creative tasks. When I need to use Windows (which I am also very savvy with), I just boot-into it with Bootcamp. You could also look at how people were raised as a source of which OS they prefer. I find the point moot, however, as I was raised as "a PC," and I grew my love for macs from experience. I must say, though, that I do have to agree that in my experience, the stereotype of Mac techies being more artsy and less geek-like than Windows techies holds true. Macs are just better for creative stuff, and Windows is better for hardcore hacking.
Answer by FlavioGomes · Aug 10, 2011 at 02:12 AM
I know why, since mac is like easier to use, they would end up paying more for something thats easy to learn for somebody who is less tech savy. But not for somebody who is constantly changing things up, add parts or doing codes, then that would be a tech savy person using a windows operating system which is much more openbased, then as with mac which is more private with their computers and os, this is what i think i hope it helps! .
Answer by Yarvaxea · Aug 10, 2011 at 03:26 AM
I've always said that macs are for my granny who don't know jack about computers. I got one myself and that slogan 'it just works' worked pretty well. It was nice to not have to fiddle around with settings in order to get it to work.. Although I don't like being imprisoned in my own computer -.-
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