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iMac or PC?

I am thinking of upgrading from my current Win 98 SE OS and would, as much as possible, like to future proof my purchase. I have just begun a part-time IT degree which will be using Visual Basic and obviously need the flexibility and adaptability - which do I choose an iMac or PC with Win XP.
My long term aim is to develop my knowledge enough to one day work for myself (maybe in web design/development).
Sorry this is so long-winded but any advice would be really helpful!
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iMac or PC?

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flexibility and adaptability


Then really you need a PC.

If you are doing any type of IT course, I assume to eventually get a better It job you are better sticking to mainstream stuff where possible and specialising in something like Macs only if necessary for whatever it is you intend to do.

Chris
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Chris what a load of tosh.

What is not mainstream about mac's?
I manage 6000 user nt4 /2000 network from a very basic emac. No I do not use virtual PC

Mac's are the way forward. we know office 2004 is the best MS application on the market. The mac comes with oodles of features out of the box. Or just a click away from using. PHP/MySQl/Apache / Xcode/ java/ cocco/ plus the i apps's what a better suite of tools then you have motion/final cut pro & express/ dvd studio.
and the other tools to use
bbedit the best programming tool on the market


losmarrones have aread around a few mac sites and then make your mind up.
http://forum.macformat.co.uk
http://www.macuser.co.uk
http://www.macworld.co.uk
http://www.spymac.com

etc etc

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Posts: 5,878
Registered: 04-04-2007

iMac or PC?

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What is not mainstream about mac's?


How many macs are inuse globally compared to PCs? And I dont just mean Windows, there is whole host of different OSs to choose from if you didnt want to go down the windows route.

Yes Office has lots of features, the main point is Office and PC based systems and Windows are the most popular, if you are doing an IT course (unless it specialises in Macs) its best to keep to the most popular.

Chris
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iMac or PC?

As losmarrones wants to use Visual basic, wouldnt this be easier to use, and more flexible on a windows XP computer as he can see how the majority of other computer users may see his program, if it is distrubuted.

Craig
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You can get all the goodies (apache ect) the mac has for free on the pc by using linnux. Most of them are around for free in windows as well. If you are going into web development then you have got a choice of 3, java works on anything but development suites are mainly linnux/unix, .net windows only and php works anything mainly unix/linux. Apache, php and mysql all started out on linnux/unix. The Mac is in many ways much better than a pc but however not that many people use it, so things are developed with the pc in mind and the converted to the MAC. The biggest useof macs is in graphic design e.g hotmetal. Most lan mangers with not thank you if you suggest using macs because they are pain to intergrate into the network. On the whole pcs offer you the biggest range of options.
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Thanks for all the advice gone for HP Notebook PC running Win XP - so far everything fine! Thanks again