MAC versus PC

Yesterday, my hairstylist (ok, the dog groomer who does my hair) asked me if I was a PC or a MAC. I told her I was definitely a PC.

In fact, I wondered to myself if there really is a computer “type”. Turns out there is.

MAC people tend to be left-brain, while PC people tend to be right- brain. A recent survey of students who had just completed the SAT showed that those who scored higher on the verbal portion owned MACs, while the students who performed better on the math portion owned PCs.

MAC people are early adopters. No, I’m not talking about Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt; I’m talking about the drones you see lined up at the Apple store two days before the next iPad or iPod comes out. These are the hardcore Apple supporters. They’re a marketer’s dream. They’re fiercely loyal. They’re kind of like Tea Party members, but with more teeth and fewer firearms.

Oddly, PC people used to be the early adopters. I remember heading to Office Depot at midnight to pick up my first copy of Windows 95. The second it was released, I had to have it (I also picked up the Hello Kitty limited edition pencil holder and matching backpack). Somewhere along the line Microsoft lost me with frequent security issues and Microsoft Vista.

I now take the “wait and see” approach when it comes to PC software. I want to make sure a Microsoft product has been out there blue-screening for at least a year before I purchase it. Most PC people feel the same way. Windows XP is still the most widely used PC operating system, even though Windows 7 has been available since 2009.

Finally, MAC people tend to be a lot more style-conscious than their PC counterparts. A typical PC is boring and one-dimensional, while MACs are elegant and chic. PC users wear sneakers; MAC users wear boots. PC users prefer Harleys; MAC users, Vespas.

C’est la vie.

I have always wondered though, why Apple hasn’t made a low-cost “transition” computer to entice users to make the move from PC to MAC. I guess Apple is focused on the “mobile” computing market, rather than the home computing market.

As for me, as long as I can download my clown porn, I’ll be happy with either.

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