Comment: Hardware vs Software

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Hardware vs Software

Before people go complaining about one computer system over another, they should really know the difference between hardware and software. If you go and say things like "Oh my Dell with Windows is so slow compared to my MAC", it does not make for a very intelligent sounding argument.
My first impression is that they are trying to start a trolling flame war, however based on the author of this article I doubt that is the case. I am going to assume that it is more of an ignorance as to how one actually compares computers. Many people seem to get caught up in all the various marketing schemes that the various large companies go about. The truth is that all the guts of any computers come from the same variety of manufacturers; this is the hardware.

When you talk about a MAC computer or a Dell computer you are just using their custom configuration of hardware. If you are having harddrive noise issues that would not be Dell or Apples fault; it would be the harddrive manufacturer's. When you purchase a computer from Apple, Dell or any computer system retailer, they will tell you what hardware they have. If you have any brand anti-loyalty to the individual components it is your fault for choosing that specific system configuration from the system assembler.

When you compare computer systems speeds it is primarily based upon you specific hardware configuration, but software also plays a little bit of a role. Your operating system, OS, is that software that runs on top of your hardware. Technically you can run the MAC OS on your Dell's hardware system or Windows on your MAC hardware system. For many people that is a total shocker, but in this day and age hardware is pretty standardized. I have shown MAC OS fanboys that they can run OSX on their non Apple approved hardware for way cheaper. Apple takes advantage of the ignorance of its userbase. Also on that note. MACs (their OS) are not immune from viruses. More marketing lies! Malware in MACs is especially pervasive due to this naïve assumption. No operating system is ultimately immune from all malware and that is just a silly claim. Do you want to be safe, then use protection. Each OS has different security models, making each OS less or more secure depending on how they work.

If you want to be an Apple fanboy, kudos to you. In a true libertarian philisophy, each person has their own desires and different products can meet each inidividuals desires. There is no right tool. But if you are going to make comparisons on speed or performance of various computer systems in an intelligent manner, please take into account the real factors that account for those performance characteristics. If you don't understand all these nuances, good luck arguing your case with anyone about your computers' performance without out sounding like a flame war troll.

Different tools for different people (incoming Linux plug)...
However I personally use a variety of Linux's and would heavily recommend people to explore all their availably options. I never have to shut down my Linux systems ever as they can do all their security updates without a reboot and automatically. The built in default security model of Linux is also compariativly more secure than the default security of other OS's. Did I mention Linux is free.