I received an email with a news feed from a website where the question was being asked, "Are Macs overpriced?" I thought I would subject my cynical self to the firing line of Apple fanatics and interject my observations on the site. I find it amusing that the people making the case for Apple being a great value all had some association with Apple in their bio byline.
One of the comments stated that, "Most of the answers here are from users of Apple products, many of whom were previous Microsoft users." I'm not sure how that validates their comments? If they switched from Microsoft to Apple, I would expect their opinion to be somewhat biased toward Apple.
One person who said that Apple products were worth the extra money based on his experience that he described as follows. "Not one single Windows based PC or laptop I ever owned or worked with could go even a week without some issue cropping up. Especially if it was not shut down every night." The phrase "Windows based PC" could mean a wide variety of hardware or software combinations, it needs to be qualified. Likewise comments like "some issue cropping up" could mean almost anything. Once again I am not sure how those comments validates the opinion that Macs should cost more than Windows based computers.
I've seen people go off on tangents in advice forums on the concept of anecdotal evidence being given is worthless based on a single users experience. That's a good point. That's why I usually try to give answers that are framed by some context of my experience, and why I feel the way I do. My experiences are based on 35 years of working with desktop computers as a field service technician and a systems administrator.
I worked on CP/M based microcomputers in the early 1980s before DOS was the popular standard for desktops. I worked with Novell network operating systems for years before I started working with Microsoft network operating systems. Working for various school districts and educational institutions over the years I have worked on a variety of different Apple products. My first experience with Apple products was with the Apple IIe used in schools back in the early 1980s. Back then I did maintenance and repair on Apple products as well as Commodore. Anyone remember Commodore?
I've asked the question many ways in recent years to spark conversations. If you type the question of "Who is more powerful Google or Microsoft?" into a search engine, hopefully somewhere close to the top you will see an article I wrote on Yahoo Voices on March 7, 2011. (At the time of this writing it comes up near the top of Google and Bing for me.)
Amazing how much the trends have held form over the last two years. Google keeps pushing technology on the upswing and Microsoft fights to hold on to the market they have.
When I ask the question "Who is more powerful Google or Microsoft?" there are probably a few people screaming at their monitor. What about Apple? What about Facebook?
So what about them? Yes, there is no denying that Apple and Facebook are major players in technology. But when you are looking for a full fledged fight of who dominates the world of technology on a blow by blow match up, nothing quite measures up to the battle between Google and Microsoft.