Computer Choices FAQ

Submitted by Jon on Tue, 01/08/2008 - 12:54

People often ask me, as a technology geek, what kind of computer they should get, so I'm putting this post together as a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) to address the most common things people ask about when they're considering a new system:

I'm trying to decide on a laptop: should I get a Dell, Lenovo, HP, Sony, Toshiba, or what?
Get a Mac
I want a simple to use computer for myself/my child/my parents/etc.
Get a Mac
I worry about long-term usability and interoperability with other people
Get a Mac
I've heard about the new Vista and think it looks really cool. Should I get that, or stick with Windows XP?
Get a Mac
I want a computer that works perfectly with my home wireless network
Get a Mac
I want to be able to create and watch movies
Get a Mac
I want a desktop system that's powerful
Get a Mac
I want a Mac, but I hear they're too expensive. After you consider the hassles and anti-virus software and repair bills of a Windows computer, which one do you recommend?
Get a Mac
I'd love to move to Mac, but have this Windows program I HAVE TO USE. Can I use some program or dual-boot with windows to use that when I have to? What should I choose?
Get a Mac
I'm a total geek and am wiling to do roll up my sleeves and do some behind-the-scenes tweaking to have the latest and greatest things working on my computer.
Get a PC with Linux. Or a Mac :)

I hope this clarifies things regarding what computer systems are the best value and utility out there.

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