gak0090 wrote:What professionals regularly use Mac OS besides artists and musicians? I have yet to work in a health system that uses Mac OS. I have an IMac, and it's a great toy, but I still do all my real work on a PC. I don't know about this whole reliability thing, because I have never had an issue. If you need to upgrade, a windows PC is much easier to upgrade. Then you have the fact that Mac Os sill doesn't officially support Blu-ray, no USB 3.0 or esata, HDMI out. If you are a hobbyist, it's much easier to build a windows pc and configure it exactly as you like- how easy is that with Mac OS? A Mac OS user is less likely to be attacked than a Windows user, but that is nothing to do with the level of vulnerability in the operating system. It has everything to do with the fact that over 80% of the personal computers in use run the Microsoft Windows operating system. Those building malware would rather attack the vast majority of the users. They get a bigger bang for their buck, to borrow a phrase from the military. http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/04/10/macs-safer-than-pcs/
The professionals who know computers the best, Software Engineers. As I stated in my earlier post, most engineers at Google and Facebook, who are probably the best in the world, use Macbooks as their work laptop. They don't care about nice clothes or fancy cars, but they do want to own great machines on which they spend 50+ hours a week on.
Two main reasons why many professionals do not use Mac:
1) The softwares needed are not always available on Macs. It is expensive for small companies to develop on both platforms, so very often they choose to start on Windows to maximize returns on their investment. For example in my physics class in college we had to use a software only available on Windows, I remember having to go to the lab every time I needed to use that software because I owned a Mac.
2) Budget - when you don't have enough budget you focus on functionalities, a working computer, when you do you look at other stuff, reliability, portability, the look, OS, and etc.