Mac Ownership Costs

By Deane Barker on December 21, 2003

Hidden Costs of Mac Ownership: I read this entire article, and I can’t figure out if it’s pro- or anti-Mac, so it must be neutral.

Once you get your Mac, those costs are done,” said Mac Observer editor Bryan Chaffin. “You most likely won’t need to pay anyone to reinstall Mac OS X because something broke when you tried to load printer drivers. You won’t need to pay a repair person to root out those viruses your Windows buddies are dealing with. And installing your own software, upgrades and peripherals is a breeze.

I don’t know if I buy this a particular argument — my home computer has a copy of Windows XP which is going on two years of continuous use without a re-install or serious tweaking, and I’m really hard on operating systems.



  1. For the most part this a pretty fair article. Not at all like last week’s article by Lance Ulanoff on PC World’s website.

    The only thing I take issue with is his view on how MS dropping IE will impact the Mac. This is the best thing to ever happen to the Mac platform. As IE continues to move away from W3C standards you’ll see more users switching to Mozilla/Firebird/Safari. The problem is not so much IE, but the uneducated web developer who limits access to a site based upon the browser being used.

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